So, you've spent all the money to go to a conference. You've prepped by searching for the best sessions and choosing the perfect outfit. The week has arrived. You go, meet great people, hear awesome information and say your good-byes. The work doesn't stop there. To continue the relationship and knowledge, there are a few things you should do post conference along with your laundry:
1. Say "Thank You!"
Personally thank everyone you’ve met and brands that reached out and connected with you. A handwritten note is my preference, but a sincere "It was great meeting you" tweet or email is the minimum requirement. Provide specifics and leave the door open for future contact.
Make sure you have people’s business cards. Make sure you’re following everyone on Twitter (or are subscribed to their blog). This is how you’ll build your network over time. It’s important.
Is there something you’ve said at a conference that everyone is talking about it? Or is there something that was missing from the conference? This is where content creation needs to be explored. Consider applying to be a speaker or present on a panel next year at the conference on this topic or something similar. Don't be afraid. People want to hear from you. One of the best ways to learn is to teach others.
4. Watch what you say.
There’s a chance you didn’t have a good experience. Use your words wisely about what you didn't like, and for goodness sake, PROVIDE A SOLUTION. It’s OK to warn future attendees professionally about what to expect, but keep it professional. If you really didn't like someone you met...with every ounce of your soul, don’t tell that person off online. It’s a mistake. Just don't say anything at all. "Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back." Proverbs 29:11
5. Share your experience.
You learned a lot. Don’t keep it all to yourself. Blog about it. Talk about it to others. Encourage others to pursue the same opportunities. Use that experience to fuel you. Learn more, keep practicing, and you will succeed. Share your experience and others will succeed with you—and that’s what it’s all about.
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