Are Conferences A Con?

There is one event management company that seriously sends me an email a day followed up with a phone call. It is getting very annoying. Do you know what that says to me? They are desperate for attendees, and likely overpaid for speakers and event space. Basically, they are afraid of this:

emptycon

The fall conference season is pretty much over as of the first week of November. So, as you take a look at the slate of spring conference events, be sure to ask yourself the following:

  • Am I going to learn something/meet anyone beneficial to my career?
  • Will I have opportunities to network with people in my industry?
  • Does the conference offer a variety of break-outs or workshops to pick from?

If you answered “yes” to two or all of the above questions, then you should attend that conference. Remember, you can always try and defray the cost by offering to blog or report on said conference. If it applies to your job and you can show your manager why this conference will be beneficial to your company, certainly ask if your ticket/attendee fee can be paid for.

Remember, have fun, and don’t be a con-hole. Do some research on the keynoters, and follow them on social media beforehand. Ask questions. Participate. Don’t just hang out at the bar or in the cafeteria, or even worse your room.  Learn something and post about your experiences below.

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