Advice For Conference Attendees
Things someone should do before/when they go to something like SW Fox or even DevCon
Things to do:
Things to bring:
- If you are going on your own, check with people whom you "like" on-line and see who else you will know there. Arrange to meet up face-to-face at the conference - though until you actually meet don't commit to something lengthy (like dinner) after all, you may love their on-line persona, but not the flesh-and-blood. But as a general rule the more people you can meet and talk to, the better the value you will get from the conference.
- Think about the pros/cons of getting a room at the same hotel as the convention - discounted but generally pricey, you can run back to your room to get/drop off stuff - books, laptop, change clothes. Price is even better if you share the room with others.
- See if any hotels have the new $9 high speed internet connection - (see http://www.cais.com)
- Book a flexible airline ticket. The conference may turn out to be a total dud, or you may want to stay a bit later to spend time with other foxers or post-conferences or maybe sightseeing.
Talk to the Speakers
- Laptop - not for the sessions, but to try out what you learned later in the day. But don't be surprised if you end up spending all your extra time having too much fun with the other Foxers.
- Bring the laptop's CD reader since the conference white papers are on CD and these are sometimes great to read whilst onsite. Moreover upon quick inspection, assessing the quality of the whitepaper can help you decide what sessions to attend, and which to skip. shows how the times have changed...
- 802.11b card, incase that isn't built in either.
- An extra bag for all the junk (books ...) you will bring back.
- Lots of business cards.
- A lightweight jacket even if the conference is in a warm climate like Miami. Conference rooms are often WAY too cold. Unless it is Whil Fest, then bring a heavy jacket and
- Glasses, you will be looking at a projection about 50' away. Your eyes will thank you.
- Dress is fairly casual - many will be in jeans, shorts, etc. Plan on some casual clothes for the evening activities too.
- Walking shoes - your feet will thank you. There will be a lot of time spent standing around talking if there don't happen to be chairs nearby.
- Photo ID, Frequent Flyer Number, Calling Card, pre-paid phone card, phone book (hotels have charged me $1.80/min)
- As a frequent Speaker at conferences it always amazes me how reluctant people are to "bother" me. You know what, guys, the only reason I am at the conference is to be "bothered" by the attendees. Remember it is you, the paying customer, who makes the conference possible! The organizers can always find another Speaker and certainly I regard it as a major part of my job as a Speaker to "be there..." -- Andy Kramek
- As an infrequent attendee at conferences (well I live in Australia - what choice do I have?) I would say - take note of the questions that bug you over the year and don't be afraid to ask people such as Andy for his/her view. A face to face conversation is invaluable and yout get a lot of inforrmation quickly. A 1 minute talk is worth 10 reply/answer posts on a user board. -- Jamie Osborn
See also Conference Caveat Emptor.
Contributors: Carl Karsten, Cindy Winegarden, David Stevenson, Alex Feldstein, Andy Kramek
Category VFP Conferences
( Topic last updated: 2009.04.17 02:22:38 AM )