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7 Tips to Keep You Going at the Conference

Over the years of attending conferences near and far, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade that I share with new attendees.

Here’s my must-have packing list and a few tips:

Business Cards
Stuff the back of your name badge packet with your business cards so they’re easily accessible while you’re out networking. When you get a card from a new contact, jot down where you met them and what you talked about. You’ll be surprised how the cards pile up, and when you finally sit down to follow up, the notes you wrote will help continue the conversation with new contacts. Don’t underestimate the power of referrals. At my first national event, I got an incredible listing referral from someone that I met briefly .

Bonus Tip: Use the iPhone app Postagram to send a postcard of the photo that you snapped together. For only $1, Postagram will mail the postcard and message to your contact.

Cross-Over Bag
A handbag or messenger bag with a strap that crosses over your shoulder (like a seatbelt) is a bit more comfortable than an over-the-shoulder bag. Make sure it’s big enough to pack your essentials.

Green Tip: Use the green bags that you get at the Expo when you run out to Walgreens to pick up your essentials.

Phone Charger
Bring it with you. Don’t leave it in your room. The reception may be spotty and could potentially drain your battery. If you’re getting low and can’t find an outlet, put your phone on airplane mode to conserve battery.

Portable Food
Hotel snacks can be expensive and the receipts can quickly pile up. Run to Publix (see notes below) and grab my recommended snacks: apples, granola bars, almonds, and maybe instant oatmeal or instant soup in a cup.

Green Tip: Grab a gallon of water and keep that in your room with a reusable bottle to fill up each morning. If you must use individual bottles, don’t forget to recycle them.

Band-Aids!
Let’s face it, ladies. While packing, you went with fashion over comfort and are now paying the price. I think we’re all surprised by how big the convention center is. (Yes, I wish I could have a Segway, too!) Grab a box of Band-Aids and saddle up before the blisters occur.

Note-Taking
Stop using paper! You know you’re never going to go back and review it. Download the free note-taking app Evernote, which allows you to access your notes from any mobile device. The best part is that it’s searchable. So when you’re back home and want find your notes about open house tips, you can search through your online notes and quickly find them.

Staying Awake
We’ve all done it – stayed up too late and drank one too many cocktails. Just be sure to drink plenty of water before you go to bed. (I’m sounding like a mom.) Make time to eat breakfast in the morning. Coffee is not breakfast. Do a few stretches and take the stairs to get your blood flowing. Continue to drink water throughout the day and munch on healthy snacks if available. Hey, you spent a pretty penny to be here. You might as well look and feel your best.

Beauty Tip: My latest favorite is the brand Yes to Cucumbers Refresh facial towelettes. Using these in the afternoon makes me feel like I just took a power nap. (Well…sort of.)

If you have a car (or can meet up with someone who does), run out to grab some essentials, a coat, or some more comfortable shoes. Here are some nearby places:

Publix Supermarket (Florida’s major grocery store)
9930 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819

Walgreens
9858 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Orlando Premium Outlets
4951 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819


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One Response to “7 Tips to Keep You Going at the Conference”

  1. Tks for the tips. Can always use 1 or 2 new ones or reminders.