[HOW TO]: Make the Most of Your Next Renewable Energy Conference
Conferences can be a great way to meet new people, learn more about the industry, and if nothing else, get away from home for a few days. With an industry like renewable energy, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new information and companies presented at conferences. Here are our few tips for making the most out of your next conference.
Conferences are a time for the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas via panels, show floors, and other events. That said, trying to do it all is more or less impossible. The best way to experience the conference is by planning ahead and knowing what you’ll be doing at all times. Keep a schedule of everything handy and highlight or mark what you’re going to be doing. Even better, get a handy scheduling app or use your phone’s calendar to keep track of the events you’re planning on hitting. Be sure to add the details such as the location so you don’t end up planning to go to back-to-back events really far apart.
Do Your Research
Part of good planning is knowing who and what you want to see. Is there something special that’s going to be at this conference? What new pieces of technology are going to be there? What’s the most important thing you have to make it to? Most conferences have informative websites that allow you to get an expanded preview of events and exhibitors. Checking all of this stuff out beforehand will help streamline your experience and make sure you get the most out of going.
Have a Clear Objective
This is as simple as having a second half of the sentence, “I’m going to this conference because…” If you’re spending several days away from home and especially if you’re going on your own dime, it’s important to have a reason for going. Conferences are fun, yes, but to really come out on top, it needs to be clear to yourself why you’re there.
So your panel cot cancelled. It happens, unfortunately. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to big events and getting distressed about a difficulty can be the key to having a bad time. Have backup panels ready. Look for other events to do. Wander around a bit. Talk to someone you might not have otherwise. Being able to fill your time wisely is key to getting the most out of the conference. If nothing else, challenge yourself to learn about something you wouldn’t have otherwise. There’s always something to do, you just have to be ready to look a little harder or fill unstructured time.
Okay, so it sounds simple, but really, have fun! You’ll be more personable, open to new ideas, and more likely to get something out of the conference if you’re willing to have a good time. Try to keep stress to a minimum and approach the conference with a positive, energetic attitude.