Monday, June 24, 2013

Four questions to make the most of conference education sessions

If you are a professional serious about your career, you are more than likely going to attend a conference organized by a professional organization associated with your industry. There are numerous ways to benefit from a conference, but the educational sessions are really special. You are not only possibly attaining continuing education credits by attending these sessions, but deepening your knowledge and understanding of your field.

After you check in at the conference and get your program booklet, take a look at what educational sessions are being offered and ask yourself these questions to guide your experience:

Where am I looking to grow? This question should be at the forefront of your mind. You may be looking to  build upon a strength that you currently possess, or possibly to grow in an area in which you are deficient. Be direct and intentional about your professional growth.

What is the expertise of the speaker? Not only should you read the description of the speaker, but visit her website to learn more about her expertise on the subject matter. Determine whether or not you feel this speaker will add to what you already know, or provide an experience that will deepen it.

What do I want to get out of the session? Be very clear with yourself about what you want to get out of the session. Think about your expectations given the description of the content and create some points for yourself to have in the back of your mind as you are in the session.

How will I be in the session? Make a decision about how you are you going to be in the session. Make a decision if you be distracted by your cell phone or other "important" concerns of the moment that you have or if you will be present and engaged.

Enjoy your conference education sessions! Who year you may want to plan some out yourself.

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