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How to prepare for a professional conference

Residency Program Insider, February 21, 2014

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Beth Payne, MAEd, C-TAGME, has seen her share of bad behavior at professional conferences, from the colleague who uses a conference as a thinly-veiled excuse to take a vacation to the attendee who has too much to drink at the networking happy hour.

 
Social missteps aren’t the only way a professional conference can go awry. Poor planning or trying to do too much can ruin your experience. Here are Payne’s tips for making sure your conference goes smoothly:
 
Do
  • Know what you want to get out of a conference before you go
  • Share the conference agenda with the GMEC or program coordinators at your institution
  • Research the presentations you plan to attend and speakers you want to meet
  • Plan to take breaks during the conference to check your messages or recharge
  • Pack professional, comfortable clothing, including warm layers
Don’t
  • Treat your conference like a vacation
  • Spend the entire conference with people you already know
  • Think drinking too much or bad behavior doesn’t count because you’re in a different city
  • Speak badly about your program or institution
 
This tip is from the February issue of Residency Program Alert.

 

 



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