Several weeks ago, I brought to your attention an awesome article from meetingnet.com which may make securing that funding, just a little easier! I would once again like to thank Nicole Kent for bringing this article to our attention! Also, check by early next week to check out the top 10 tips for attending your first conference! Hey, even if it isn’t your first conference, there are some great tips!!!
Don’t just ask – SELL your Regional Conference!
(Ways to convince the people holding the purse strings!)
Preparing for the Meeting (PART 2)
Once you get approval, you should prepare properly for the conference because you are going to need to demonstrate that you received the benefits (and more) that you promised to the person who’s paying your way.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for the conference.
1. Make a list of people you would like to meet at the conference and why you want to meet them. Don’t be shy about approaching presenters and other “luminaries.” They are more accessible than you might think, especially if you make plans with them in advance.
2. About 1‐2 weeks prior to the conference, contact the people on your list. Make a specific plan for a meal, coffee, or a time and place to get together.
3. One week prior to the meeting, make a personal agenda for yourself that includes the sessions you will attend and the people you’re meeting.
4. When you are at the meeting, try to stick to your schedule as much as possible and take notes during the educational sessions and during your private conversations.
– Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator