Travelling to Tech Conventions
If you agree with the old adage that your travel to somewhere is half the fun, chances are good you aren’t one of those who often attend tech conventions. Ask those who frequent these gizmo extravaganzas about their experiences at them and chances are good that you will get less than enthusiastic responses. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Regardless of how many you attend, tech conventions can be exciting opportunities to not only learn about new products and methods, but to meet the movers and shakers in your particular industry. And if you are a mover and/or shaker, you can meet those who are the “up and comings” that can bring new ideas to your product or business.
So, how do you go from being one of those attendees with a “been there, done that” attitude to one who looks forward to embracing the opportunities that tech conventions offer? It’s a matter of homework. Mental preparation is the key to preparing yourself to a successful tech conference.
No doubt that once you’re there you will have the opportunity to learn new things and meet new people, and maybe even rekindle some of the friendships you have enjoyed in the past. And if you’re like most of those in the tech industry, the chances are pretty good that you often only have telephone contact with many of the people you work with. This might even include others in your own company.
Don’t forget to look at some, if not all, of the materials sent to you by the show management. All of that is chock full of information that you will need to effectively manage your conference schedule. Perhaps there is information about a new product that would compliment that produced by your company. You might even be able to gather some intelligence about the products and methods of your competitors that you might use to get a leg up on them.
So often tech conferences are approached with a sense of dread, when in reality they are opportunities to gain a whole new and fresh perspective on the mission to have to accomplish. All it takes to succeed is to make the time you take traveling to a tech conference into the time to get excited about the opportunities available once there. You will never approach your travel time or maybe even the future the same again.