I love attending conferences and events, whether it’s for my job or my own interests, so it makes perfect sense that I work on one full-time. I get a thrill from the atmosphere; exposure to new speakers, thoughts and authors; and quick education. Not all event planners have the time, resources or desire to attend a lot of outside events; however, I’ve found it well worth the effort on both a personal and professional level. Some of my greatest moments of inspiration have come through attending other events. Here are a few do’s and don’ts, from one planner to another, on how to be an attendee when you’re used to being on the other side of things.
DON’T be close-minded.
Realize you don’t have all the answers. I’ve met planners who don’t attend other conferences because they think theirs is the best or they know all there is to know. This simply isn’t true. Leaders are learners. Don’t just show up, but show up with a teachable attitude.