7. Don’t Overlook the Details
A conference is a whirlwind of activity, but with goals, a plan, a schedule, and a strategy, you can succeed at making the experience extremely valuable for both yourself and your company. Take business cards, keep your phone and laptop charged, and have the LinkedIn App and any other apps installed to easily collect contact data. The VeriFacts team is committed to always presenting ourselves and our company as authentically and organically as possible. We follow the suggested attire for each event and most importantly, if we’re walking the conference floor, we always have a comfortable pair of good lookin’ shoes!
8. Follow Up is Essential
Do what you say you’re going to do. If you say you’re going to follow up and provide information, do it. If you met some key influencers or identified new client prospects, make sure you follow up after the conference in a timely manner. Networking is only as good as your ability to keep the conversation going. We find follow-up to be an essential piece of conference attendance and make this process part of our initial plan.
You gained a lot of new information, inspiration, and contacts at the conference, and one of the best things you can do with those resources is to share them with your co-workers, colleagues, and friends. Send out videos of the sessions you thought were particularly valuable, give a talk about something you learned at your next staff meeting, and tell your boss about some of the interesting contacts you met. You’ll spread your new skills and knowledge—and hopefully your colleagues will reciprocate the next time they go to a great event.
More Important Than Ever: Virtual Event Interaction
Virtual and hybrid events have become an essential part of current-day conferences as we have adapted to new digital platforms, embraced new ways to cultivate relationships, and responded to new challenges in entirely new ways. Understanding that the conference design and the methods of connecting are now offering many options for virtual attendance. While VeriFacts will always prefer an opportunity to engage with their clients face-to-face, we have stayed committed to supporting hybrid conference participation in new creative ways. If you’re attending virtually, take the time to follow the same strategies listed above within the boundaries of the virtual setting. What works in person can also work virtually if you are willing to take the time and adapt accordingly.
The Value of Conference Attendance
An industry conference, at any stage of your career development, is a valuable experience that successful professionals and companies should continue to prioritize as part of their business strategy. How to get the most of your conference attendance begins with your commitment to planning, participating, and learning lessons to level up your next conference experience.
The VeriFacts team will be attending the 2021 Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, April 12-15, 2021. We are looking forward to seeing our colleagues and friends, regardless of whether you attend in person or virtually. As more and more in-person conferences take place, we hope that when you bump into the VeriFacts team at your next conference, you introduce yourself and tell us which of these tips has been the most beneficial for your conference attendance!
About VeriFacts, LLC
Headquartered in Sterling, IL, VeriFacts, LLC is a leading service provider to the receivables management industry. We are committed to offering guaranteed customer location and employment verification services to creditors across the nation. The VeriFacts brand has become synonymous with high-quality service and a positive customer experience for over 30 years.