Do's and Don'ts of Attending a Conference
We brought the Wolfpack together to craft the ultimate conference guide:
Ask thoughtful questions during the speaker panels and keynotes.
Read the speakers’ bios before the conference and brainstorm a few questions you’d like to ask them during the conference.
Introduce yourself to fellow delegates that you don’t know. Everyone wants to make new friends and you might make a great connection. Also, don’t be shy of upper year delegates!
Talk to the sponsor representatives, as it’s a great way to get your foot in the door for summer jobs. If you are genuine and show your interest in the field, they will definitely notice.
Make sure you have the itinerary and the delegate manual handy throughout the conference - many questions you may have can be answered there.
Step up your social media game and showcase the great things you are learning and doing during the conference.
Make sure you are dressed in business formal attire during the conference and look presentable - first impressions are important, and looking professional is a must!
Have fun! There’s definitely a time and place to put your game face on, but to get the most value out of a conference you have to enjoy yourself.
Be curious and confident. The representatives are there to answer all of your questions, and they don’t expect you to know everything about their organization. Learn about their role, their company, and ask for advice!
Check in with the delegate Facebook page during the conference! This is where you can find any details or last minute changes to the conference itinerary!
Put yourself out there and be genuine in your interactions. This is the best opportunity to talk to new people and open up to new perspectives!
When you are in networking circles, be respectful of the other people around you and the rep. that is there. The rep. will appreciate an insightful question versus a mediocre comment.
During keynote speeches and panel presentations, don’t pull out your phone. It distracts fellow delegates, and you will miss out on all of the great advice and experiences that the speakers are sharing. As you paid money to come to the conference, you might as well get as much out of it as possible.
Do not wear uncomfortable shoes! You’ll be on your feet for most of the day and being in painful heels can make you feel less inclined to walk around, network and meet new people, and have a good time.
Do not skip breakfast or early morning events! Sponsors and speakers take note of this and it is a poor reflection of you as a delegate and of the conference delegates as a whole. Also, eating breakfast will definitely help you power through the day and make the most of it!
Do not feel uncomfortable approaching the Executive with any questions or concerns you have throughout the conference. They are here to make sure your experience is the best.
Do not stay out too late during evening socials. With keynote speeches and important events in the morning, getting enough sleep is a must.