just human nature to want to get a little bit of vacation in on a company-paid trip. What’s wrong with that?
There is the issue though of going to the conference to LEARN valuable information that will significantly help you in your work.
Before you leave for the conference:
- Carefully determine each session of the conference that you plan to attend.
- Make a list of the 5-10 specific pieces of information you hope to get at the conference – if you have this list, even in the back of your mind, your thoughts will gravitate to it.
- Make a list of the people (or types of people) you hope to meet.
- Keep your list handy and refer to it often. Check items off as you complete them.
- Take good notes and address the list of information you are seeking.
- Collect business cards from those who you think you may want to correspond with in the future.
- Go out and have a great time, knowing that you are giving full attention to your professional development during the daytime.
Questions to Ponder
- You’re taking the time and going to the expense to travel and engage in a conference for several days. Do you have a focus on what you hope to learn?
- Do you know who you want to meet?
- Can you work hard during the day and play hard during the evening?