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IT workplace winners are those who network, learn and share
You’re time-pressured, understaffed and stressed to the eyeballs. So, why the hell should you attend a business conference? Aren’t they for people with nothing better to do? “Absolutely not”, says David Acland, Conference Director at MacADUK 2017. He maintains that conferences are more relevant now than ever before and the IT workplace winners of the future are those who network, learn from the best and share.
The IT world is changing daily. Some argue that going to conferences isn’t a great use of time because so much information is already available on the Internet. Information might be there, but conferences are not just about gathering information, they’re about applying it too. And, of course, there’s also networking. Or, as Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out Networking says in Harvard Business Review:
“Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives. And meeting people at conferences who likely have the same interests as you and are highly relevant to your work is a good way to nurture and expand your network”.
Conferences usually last two to three days and have a tight schedule. That automatically means you won’t have much time to do other things, unless you efficiently organise your attendance. Here’s how we recommend you go about that.
Determine your goals
Before the conference, ask yourself what goals you want to achieve by attending. Make it as clear as possible: do you want to learn about device management and coding for Apple devices? Is your goal to market your company and find new talents to recruit? Or maybe just meet Apple administration experts and share a thought?
It’s important to define your objectives clearly. Write them down if you must. This helps you keep your focus when planning your time at the conference.
Plan your session attendance carefully
It’s unlikely that every session at a conference will contribute to your goals. So, use the schedule to choose those sessions that are most beneficial to you and your objectives. Use the conference blogs, profiles and other sources to identify the speakers that have what you’re looking for. Prioritise those sessions then attend others and plan other activities per your interest levels.
Learn new things
Conferences are about learning, but they’re also about how to apply learning. That’s the stuff you can’t learn unless you’re there. The key to achieving optimal learning at a conference is to go prepared. Get some background knowledge on the topic up front. Make notes about what you already know, and prepare questions you want to ask so you can clarify things you don’t know. It helps if you’re familiarised with the speaker’s expertise so you know how to ask the question and get specific, useful answers.
Besides gaining amazing and fresh knowledge, techniques, tips and tricks, conferences are a great place to meet new people and promote your own company too. Networking is a very important part of your conference attendance. Meeting the right people is an opportunity to transform your business.
Start by determining what kind of people you want to meet. Make a list: are you looking to engage and connect with developers, hardware technicians, business owners or maybe experts in the field? If you know who from your list will attend the conference, pre-introduce yourself. Send them an email or connect through social media. Start a conversation and express interest for joint activities, like sitting together at a speech. If the person you want to meet is presenting, send them an email saying you’ll be present. Small gestures like these mean a lot for building lasting professional relationships.
Also, schedule coffee meetings with people you want to get to know better and share insights. This way you have a chance to really bond with a person and even plot a potential business collaboration.
Promote your attendance through social media
If you’re a business owner and your IT specialists are attending a conference, make sure you promote that through social media. This is a great opportunity to show the public that your company cares about adopting the latest technologies to offer a more modernised service to their clients. It also shows potential talents that the company invests in the development of their skills.
Content heaven for bloggers
If you’re a tech blogger looking for new ideas for your blog, a conference can be a very good place to turn to. Respective experts’ speeches are a very insightful source of fresh content. Record the sessions you’re interested in so you can analyse them later and generate ideas for your posts.
Don’t miss the party! There’s usually a delegates after-show party organised on one of the conference days. Don’t skip that party. Social settings are very powerful networking environments, but as much an evening event is for strengthening connections you’ve made, it’s also ideal for you to loosen up a little and relax. After all, all work and no play?
Instead of turning your back to conferences, you should make every effort to attend the right one. It’s a one of a kind chance to upgrade your professional knowledge and grow your network at the same time.
We’ve built MacADUK on exactly these principles. Tech leaders can network, learn, share and get inspiration to make the right strategic choices in just two days by attending the Mac Admin and Developer conference in London’s O2 on February 7th & 8th 2017. http://www.macad.uk. There they will hear direct from senior technologists from Facebook, Google, Oxford University, Disney, Pixar and many more.
One of last year’s delegates told us he wrote his company’s whole IT strategy actually at the show.
If you think you might struggle to get the time away, why not try using our justification letter . Only those who work to make a name for themselves succeed and we hope to see you at the event.
MacADUK is the only conference of its type in the UK and draws talent from all over the world. Simply, it’s a must-attend event for professional Mac Admins and Developers. The evening event encourages peer-to-peer discussion and networking on current issues and solutions in a relaxed environment.