Starting with “Hello, I’m Mark” is as good a start as any Be genuinely curious. Ask people what they’re doing. Get involved in the sessions, but don’t be afraid to do your own thing if there’s a time slot with sessions that don’t appeal to you – sometimes, finding people outside of the sessions and having a chat is as good a way to spend your time. This could be the case during the “unconference” day when people organise the sessions themselves. Don’t put pressure on yourself to go to everything.
Talk to people during the coffee breaks. Last year was my first year attending CWE and I found it could be a bit daunting when people look like they’re sticking together in their own small groups and aren’t looking like they want to talk to others, but you can use your curiosity to your advantage and ask people what they do… especially in the middle of sessions when there are activities that encourage everyone to contribute, or in between sessions if there’s time to digest what you’ve just been doing/thinking/hearing about and can turn around in your seat and ask someone nearby what they got from the session and how it applies to what they’re doing.
Make sure you say hi to us too (I’ll be there with Claire and Sam from The Melting Pot). It would be great to hear about your plans and help if we can.
Finally, make lots of notes, and take time to reflect on them (don’t just throw your notebook in a drawer and forget about it when you get back home).
Enjoy it! Look forward to meeting you in Dublin
On Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:13:15 UTC+1, Mark wrote:
After a bit of deliberation and a couple of beers, I’ve taken the plunge and decided to go to the Coworking Europe Conference, Dublin in November,
While I’m still at the very very very early stages of research I can’t overlook the fact that the conference is virtually on my doorstep (only an hour flight) and it seems like too good an opportunity to miss.
Obviously the costs associated with going aren’t small, so I thought I’d reach out to the community to ask if they had any tips around must do activitiies / approaches to conferences that might help me get the most out of it.
I’ve spotted there are a couple of podcasts from Alex at IndyHall and also Everything Coworking with the topic “How to get the most out of / win at a Coworking conference” so I’ll definitely be checking those out, but if anyone else has any advice for someone who isn’t great at just walking into a room and saying “hello I’m Mark” that would be great.
One of the things I’m really looking forward to is that the first day appears to have a lot going on for beginners so I’ll be sure to check out some of those events.
Thanks in advance for any help!
All the best
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