Conferences are a great way to network with like-minded individuals, with the potential to find your next career or assistance to build your current team. It is essential to be properly prepared to truly take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you. Check out my tips for making the most out of conferences like ACoP8 (American Conference on Pharmacometrics) that our team will be attending in October.
Do your research. Find the best conference for you, and research who will be attending, abstracts that will be presented on, workshops, etc.
Take advantage of social media and apps. Use the conference hashtag and download the conference app if available; connect with people you meet and follow social media groups.
Be prepared. Plan which workshops and talks to attend, find where each one is located, and set an alert on your phone for the important ones. Bring along the essentials: business cards, pens, a phone charger, breath mints, etc.
Master the follow-up. Send a quick “it was nice meeting you” text or email to those connections you wish to maintain. A good tip is to write down key points to the conversation on the back of their business card to reference later.
Schedule a meet-up prior to the conference. It can be a little overwhelming to try to schedule meet-ups as you’re at the conference. For this reason, our team likes to schedule meet-ups with attendees prior to the conference. The face-to-face meetings are great not only to see if we can be of assistance to their career but also to catch up on their lives.
If you’d like to schedule a time to meet with us at ACoP8 in October Click Here.