How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Conference: 3 Steps to Recharge, Refresh, and Re-engage
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Diane Allen, Closing Keynote
Flow State Speaker & Violinist
Creating teams who feel whole, happy, and fulfilled.
Attending a conference can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to learn new things, network with industry peers, and gain inspiration for your work. But with so much going on, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed or miss out on valuable opportunities. Here are three simple steps you can take to make the most out of attending the #HRVA23 conference.
Conferences can be intense, with long days packed with activities, presentations, and social events. It’s essential to recharge your batteries so you can make the most of your experience. Hydration helps with brain function, and don’t be surprised if you’re more hungry than usual. It takes a lot of energy to learn and grow. Tired or overwhelmed? Power naps not only recharge you, but they help you integrate all the content you’ve been absorbing.
Conferences offer a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow, but it’s easy to get stuck in your comfort zone or become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information. To refresh your perspective, seek out sessions and speakers that offer new insights and challenge your assumptions (or maybe even one who plays the violin).
Attending a conference is just the beginning of your journey. To get the most out of your experience, it’s essential to put what you’ve learned into practice. As you return to the workplace, re-engage with your work by actively choosing to apply all that you’ve learned. Be patient with yourself. It may feel awkward at first but with a little diligence and practice, it’ll become second nature.
Bottom line: Take care of yourself, stay curious, and put what you’ve learned into practice. With these three simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to making the most of your conference experience.