Take advantage of the Virtual Summit platform
The Virtual Summit platform is designed to offer high-quality learning experiences and networking opportunities. Education sessions and workshops will be delivered using web broadcasting software, collaboration tools, and chat features to enable interaction and conversation. Attendees will be able to ask questions and interact with presenters, other attendees, and exhibitors.
- Visit with the exhibitors in the Expo Hall to hear all about the latest methodologies, tools, and technology to help you in your tech comm quests.
- Introduce yourself to speakers you really like. They’ll appreciate the positive feedback! It’s also a great opportunity to connect with them so you can have further conversation later if you have more questions about their topic or want to discuss your particular situation. Connect with speakers through the virtual business card exchange within the Virtual Summit platform.
- Seek out others working on similar projects or facing the same challenges you are by contacting them through the app, participating in networking activities, visiting the Expo Hall, and attending sessions related to your needs.
Network–Everyone is doing it!
Networking is important for improving your skillset, staying on top of the trends in the techcomm world, expanding your circle of influencers and those you influence, and keeping a pulse on what jobs are out there. With all of those rich benefits, it’s never too early—or late—to put some time in getting to know others. Don’t forget that education sessions are a perfect place to start a conversation with people in the same sessions as you.
Here are some networking starters to get you going:
- Hi! I’m (your name) from (city, state, country). Where are you from?
- This is the first time I’ve been to the Summit—how about you? What’s been your favorite part?
- I’m really looking forward to (session/presenter). What else do you recommend?
- Do you have a specific challenge you’re facing that you’re hoping to learn some solutions to while you’re here?
Follow conference “etiquette”
When asking questions in a session, try to be respectful of the speaker’s and other attendees’ time. Keep it concise so others can ask their questions, too.
Take care of yourself
Conferences are engaging and exciting but can also be physically and mentally draining. Follow these tips to ensure you are at your best for learning and meeting new people.
- Get up and move! There are a lot of sessions, which means a lot of sitting. Take breaks between sessions, and schedule time to step away from your computer.
- Rest when you can. It’s okay to miss a session to rest if you need to give your brain or body a break.