Next week I’m heading to a leadership conference and I thought I’d share my basic high-level pre-attendance checklist in case it is useful to anybody else:
A is for Align
Take a moment to clarify what success looks like.
Think of it like a countdown:
- 3 for the organisers
- 2 for the people you’re representing
- 1 for you
Confused? Read why Venn anyway.
B is for Briefed
You only get out what you put it. Arriving well informed tends to help. Here’s apractical example.
C is for Connect
Tap into the community.
Most likely people have already started the conference well before it kicks off – say, via Twitter. Check out the hashtag for the conference and get stuck in.
D is for Develop
Conferences are all about developing what you’ve got into something more. A great way to do that is through sharing your insights and learning (hint, refer to C above).
E is for Engage
Engaging without a purpose is pointless. Right?
Be sure to follow through: say thanks to the organisers (they’ll appreciate it), as well as any speakers you found inspiring. Also, connect to relevant people you met via LinkedIn and otherwise follow up on any actions you agreed and promises you made.
A for Align
B for Briefed
C for Connect
D for Develop
E for Engage
What does your checklist look like?