10 Conference Tips: How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

I attend a handful of conferences each year. Follow these 10 conference learning tips to better understand how to get the most out of a conference.
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Guest Author: Jeff Cobb, Learning Habits

Perhaps like you, I attend a handful of conferences each year. Given that the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel can often be north of $1,000, I’ve decided it’s worth jotting down some thoughts on how to get the most of a conference from a learning perspective. I’m looking for a return on investment!

Here are the conference learning tips I’ve got so far. Please comment and share your thoughts about these as well as any additional tips you may have.

1. Attend with purpose

I generally register for conferences well ahead of time, and by the time the actual date rolls around, I often find myself sitting on a plane with little more than a vague sense of what I hope to get out of the days ahead. These days, I make it a point to write down 3 to 4 high level objectives I hope to achieve and paying attention to whether I am making progress towards them throughout the event.

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