10 Ways to Make the Most Out of a Conference

I found this article in a conference guide. Is is from Kate C. Farrar who spends her day as the Director of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Leadership Programs. It’s worth a a read.


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Sally-Anne Watson Kane

Thank you for sharing this article. I’m about to attend my first-ever professional editors conference (in May this year ) and I found the ideas and suggestions very helpful, and have shared this article with my colleagues.

Matt Langdon
Matt Langdon

I run conferences and this is actually a really good article – you never know these days. The points are all good.

Sally-Anne Watson Kane
Sally-Anne Watson Kane

Just wanted to let you know I have shared this article with all my editor colleagues (in our network) and they have found it amazingly helpful, as we have a big editors conference coming up in May. The only tip one of my more experienced conference-going editor colleagues has added to what you have said in this article, is that when you start to ‘burn out’ or be overloaded at a conference, you should take a break – sit and have a chat (i.e. network) with fellow delegates instead of attending a seminar/workshop that you can miss out on without… Read more »