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Getting the most from association events

22 November 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Spackman
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Get as much value as possible from the next event you go to. Follow these 10 top tips.

Preparation
Study the programme, presenter and association delegate lists. Network on event apps and social media to find people you want to meet in person.

Presentations

Listen to speakers who have something new to say and make sure there’s at least one valuable ‘take away’.

Networking
Meeting face to face is an opportunity for ‘in-depth’ conversations, learning from each other, and growing your contact base. 
Capturing information
Whether you take notes on a laptop, iPad or pen and paper or take photos and videos, make sure you capture useful information. 

Workshops

 A chance to learn and strengthen relationships. Hackathons, for example, are workshops that brings people together to solve problems, such as using technology to save time and increase efficiency. 

Virtual Reality

 If an immersive computer-generated simulated experience is on offer from exhibitors and sponsors take it.  Video game style activities are a good alternative to walking round exhibition stands and watching presentations.

Event apps

If you’re at an event that uses applications like the Spotme app for iPads you can have your say, express opinions and make comments through Q&A sessions and live polling.

Social Media

From researching event details to communicating with other delegates, social media can be used before, during and after events.  Go to You Tube, Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook Live to view video conference footage, industry update sessions, panel discussions, keynote lectures and interviews.

Post event follow ups 

Catch up with people you’ve met at events.  Share what you’ve learned: new ideas on membership and staff development, governance and income generation. 

Feedback 

After an event assess the impact of attending. How has it helped you and your organisation? Are you putting what you learned into practice and have you been able to pass on valuable information to colleagues?

 

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