6 Tips for Attending a Business Conference

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Attending a business conference can present a tremendous opportunity for you to meet new people in your industry and successfully network. However, if you’re not normally an outgoing person, you may need some tips on the best way to network. By following a few suggestions, even the most timid professional can have a fun and productive time at their next business conference.

Volunteer at the conference

Even before the day of the conference, there are things you can do to help yourself make the most of the experience. For instance, you might consider volunteering in some way. By contacting the event organizer and volunteering to act as a presenter or greeter, for instance, you can stand out among the other attendees. This will help you meet the other guests.

Reconnect

Additionally, this is the time to reach out to past business acquaintances. If you know they’re going to the conference, use this opportunity to reconnect. They may be interested in meeting for coffee or drinks.

Attend sessions

Once the conference begins, there’s much to do, starting with the orientation. Even if this isn’t your first conference, it’s a good idea to attend the orientation, because it will help you manage your time more wisely. You won’t be able to attend every session, so it will be important to pick and choose the lectures that most interest you. Don’t forget to schedule in some breaks or you may stretch yourself too thin.

Talk to speakers

While you may be eager to learn, taking notes on every lecture you attend, don’t forget that networking is just as important. If you’re unsure where to get started, begin with the guest speakers. These individuals were chosen for their knowledge and expertise, so don’t be afraid to approach them. Mingle with the other guests, too. You may come across some conversations that will let you express your own expertise. By engaging in various conversations, you’ll meet more people and others will remember you at the next conference.

Follow up

Even after the conference has ended, there are still ways you can continue benefiting from the event. Reach out to the new contacts you made at the conference. Send them an email, connect on a social networking site, or give them a call. This can help you develop new business relationships.

Share with coworkers

You can also share the experience with co-workers who didn’t get to attend. Show them your notes and share your photos. This may convince them to attend the next event, or they may come to you with challenges that the conference prepared you to handle. Either way, using your new knowledge will help your organization and show management the value of a business conference.

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4 Tips for Business Travel

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Many up-and-coming executives find they spend excessive amounts of time traveling from city to city and meeting to meeting. In fact, some will admit that they often have trouble remembering what country they are in as they jet across the world, especially if they work for a large corporation. They have learned the tricks and tips of surviving business travel, and they are willing to share them with other travelers.

Avoid checking bags

Business travelers on a full flight may see appeals to gate check their bags. Unless they are on a very small regional carrier, this means that they will have to go to baggage claims to get the bags at the final destination. Instead, try to be in one of the first groups to board the flight. Additionally, divide belongings into two different bags. The one placed in the overhead bin should be extremely flexible allowing the traveler to cram it into any available space while the other one should be more sturdy allowing the traveler to place it under their seat. Even if you’re traveling by car or train, plan on packing as lightly as possible.

Wear simple clothes

Both men and women should consider taking along simple clothes for business trips that look professional, fairly versatile, and require minimal maintenance. Generally, sticking with neutral-colored clothes allows the traveler to wear clothes more than once if it becomes necessary. Wearing the same-colored bottoms allows the traveler to wear a single blazer during the entire trip. Choose shoes carefully so that they can be worn on multiple occasions and are also comfortable if you need to do a lot of walking. Additionally, business travelers should try to wear their heaviest clothes on the flight as this will save room in luggage.

Organize bags

Travelers should have a designated spot for everything in their briefcase, purse, and baggage. This organization allows them to see at a glance if they are leaving anything behind. Since many gadgets use the same cord, do not take multiple cords where it can be avoided. Make sure to take along an electrical plug adapter if traveling to foreign countries where they use a different type of outlet. Travelers may also want to take along a small surge protector to protect expensive gadgets. Organizing your bags keeps everything organized so you know where your belongings are.

Use mobile phone as a hotspot

Eliminate the need to pay for the expensive internet at hotels by using a mobile phone as a hotspot. Travelers should contact carriers before leaving to ensure coverage where company business takes them. If you use a business phone, it’s even easier to create a hotspot. Talk to your company beforehand so they approve you using a hotspot and make sure it’s less expensive than paying for WiFi somewhere else.

Following these tips will certainly make business travel less stressful. You’ll soon find that traveling for business is much less stressful and you might even find traveling to new places enjoyable.

Learn How to Travel the World for Your Job

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While some people find business travel to be terrible, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of jobs that require travel, often numerous times throughout the year. You may spend a week or more away from home when traveling for business. Maybe you have to go to remote locations that do not seem very interesting. Travel can be stressful no matter why you’re doing it, but here are some ways you can make business travel a little less terrible. Make traveling for work something you actually enjoy and no longer stress over!

Join a rewards program

One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of frequent business travel is through joining a rewards program. Since most companies reimburse purchases you make for business travel, find a credit card with quality rewards and use it for business-related travel. Most airlines and hotels also offer rewards programs, so if you’re loyal to a specific company, you’ll greatly benefit from your business travel.

Streamline your packing routine

There are few things worse than realizing you have to leave for a lengthy business trip the next day, but you haven’t even started packing. You should always try to start packing a few days ahead of leaving so you have time to make sure you pack everything, but sometimes last minute is your only option. Create a packing routine that takes minimal time – know what items you’re taking with, keep travel sized toiletries packed at all times, and use the same bag so you know how everything fits.

Learn how to cure your jet lag

If you’re making significant changes to your timezone, jet lag can kill your entire trip and prevent you from functioning at your best. Keep hydrated before, during, and after your flight. Try to sleep on the plane and begin adjusting your schedule before you even leave. If you need to take some kind of medicine while flying, know what works best for you.

Plan ahead

You might be incredibly busy with work, family, and other obligations before your flight, but you need to plan ahead if you want to avoid unnecessary stress from flying. Clear everything with your company about the times of meetings and what will be reimbursed or how much you can spend. Know the times of all your flights and your booking numbers. Think about how you’ll get around where you’re heading, whether you’re renting a car, using public transportation, or located close enough to walk to places. Planning ahead means you’re that much more prepared for your trip.

Stick to a healthy routine

If you have a set routine, especially when it comes to diet and exercise, stick to it as much as you can while you’re traveling for work. If you usually read for a bit before bed, do that! Or try to get to bed at the same time you normally do, if it’s possible while on your trip. Do not push yourself and end up exhausted. Also make sure you’re watching out for sick people around you and taking steps to keep yourself from catching any kind of illness.

Keep track of your spending

Though most companies reimburse all expenses associated with business travel, very few will do so if you do not keep track of your receipts and what money is being spent on what. Save your receipts and make some kind of list (a spreadsheet would be even more useful!) to keep track of all the costs on your trip. Make sure everything is clearly labeled for business or personal so there’s no confusion.