There are lots and lots and lots of articles available online to help you get the most out of your conferences and events and how to master the art of networking:
- 5 Things Every Search Conference Newbie Should Know
- How to be awesome at going to library conferences
- ALA Conference Survival Tips — 35 Conferences Later (the American Library Association really know how to run a conference – I went to one that had 20,000 delegates!)
- 10 Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking.
- 25 Essential Conference Networking Tips
- Ten Hints for Getting the Most from a Conference (Educause)
Our top tips are simple:
- Be friendly: Ever walk into a room and felt like everyone knows everyone else except you. Well, we guarantee that almost everyone at a conference has felt like that at some point, so be the brave one and break the ice by saying hello to a stranger.
- Be professional: Being at a conference is just like being at one long job interview. Everyone you meet may be your new boss one day. So remember to always behave professionally as the library world can be remarkably small.
- Be interesting: You will meet so many people and it’s important to make a lasting (positive) impression. Ensure you have your elevator pitch ready so you can wow your new contacts!
- Be flexible: We can plan and prepare for conferences but the best opportunities are often the unexpected ones. Be flexible to ensure you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
What are your top tips for conferences and networking?