I cried at my first conference. I didn’t know anyone, it was super scary, and I felt horribly out of place. So I went back to my hotel room and cried. But I love conferences now! They are a great way to make new connections, meet up with old friends, learn about exciting new work, and present my scholarship. I know a lot of academics have the same first conference experience and I get so many questions about what to do at a conference: how to prepare, what to wear, how to networking. The list goes on and on.
As summer conference season is fast approaching, I was thinking about writing a tweet-thread to offer some advice. I put out a query online asking what people wanted to know or what they wish they had known and the response was overwhelming. A tweet-thread simply wouldn’t do. A blog post then? It would have been thousands of words or multiple posts and I wanted all of the advice in one place.
So I created an e-book. It offers a step-by-step guide on how to plan for a conference, prepare for your activities there, what to wear, how to network, ice-breaker suggestions, presentation tips, and how to best follow up on your conference experience to make the most of the opportunity. And it’s completely free.
Click HERE to get the guide today! And let me know if it’s helpful or if you have more questions. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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