#5: You’re establishing a network.
The Harvard Business review recently released an article entitled “How to Get the Most Out of a Conference”. It mentioned that one of the biggest opportunities at a conference is the ability to connect with colleagues through networking.
“Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives” stated Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School.
When people chat with colleagues at conferences, they will find shared interests and may also be able to discuss new approaches and ideas. This can provide a fresh and exciting new perspective in addition to expanding a network.
#4: You have the chance to engage with the experts.
There will be many important speakers at CPD updates in addition to well over a hundred attendees. You have a unique opportunity to connect with innovators in your field in a casual, positive environment.
Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out Networking, suggests “pre-introducing” yourself.
“Think about the people you would really like to get to know and then carve out time to accomplish that goal,” she says. She recommends composing a “priority wish list” of people you can’t wait to meet, and then connecting with them on LinkedIn or sending them an e-mail to make sure you get a chance to talk with them about their work.
There’s no reason why all your time has to be spent indoors. Toronto is a glittering city with a rich music scene, countless art galleries, fantastic shopping, and some of the best food in the country.
Whether you’re only visiting for the conference or you’ve never left the city, make sure you make time to grab a couple of your colleagues and experience life outside the hotel.
Watch this youtube video for a few key Toronto experiences.
#2: You’re engaging in your professional community
As you’re forming professional connections, meeting innovators, and seeing the sights, you’re also accomplishing something rare: you’re connecting with people outside of your immediate circle.
It’s not every day you get the chance to connect with people who share your interests and who don’t work in the same hospital or university as you. Step back and appreciate that simply by attending the conference, you are engaging in a widespread community you wouldn’t otherwise be familiar with.
#1: You’re learning something new
When it all comes down to it, conferences are the perfect opportunity to learn something new about what’s happening in your field. Attendees have the chance to track changes in methods, learn about new ways to improve health on an enormous scale, and develop their skills with interactive learning.
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