Come Back a Star

PREPARATION GIVES AN EDGE ON NETWORKING, LEARNING

So, you’ve been chosen to represent your firm at ILTA 2010. Given the economic times it’s a big responsibility.  You are expected to come back having had a valuable experience and armed with knowledge and contacts to benefit your firm in the year ahead.

Here are some ways you can maximize your experience:

Connect the value of the conference to your business goals. At ILTA 2010 you will be faced with over 150 educational relating to numerous Areas of Focus, spanning four days.  The sessions are all being developed by your peers for you.  Spend the time leading up to the conference reviewing your firm’s strategic and immediate goals, the concerns you have with current technologies you are using and the ones you may not be utilizing to their maximum capacity.  Once the complete slate of conference sessions is published in May, you can match the sessions to your goals.  And remember that the sessions are audio recorded and some are chosen as Encore Webinars after the conference.  You may want to go through the sessions and decide which make the most sense to attend in person and which you can afford to listen to afterwards.

Define your expectations for your attendance at ILTA 2010. Make a list of questions you need answered, topics you need to learn about, issues your firm is facing, vendors you need to visit, products you need to review.

Prepare an Itinerary. We provide the tool for you to do just that; under Plan Your Week you will be able to work through the program and create an itinerary, and you can choose to have the sessions and events sent to your Outlook calendar as well.  Plan your networking activities as well as the educational sessions, so you can take advantage of both.

Do some pre-event networking. We are providing a number of online social networking tools to support pre-event networking as well as networking at the conference.  Follow ILTA 2010 on Twitter, and take advantage of the wikis and blog as they are developed; visit the Social Networks page.

Make Use of ILTA resources. This website will continue to be updated with information to assist you in preparing for ILTA 2010.  As well, there will be e-news sent out to registered attendees starting in July as well as webinars and places to ask questions and get hints ahead of time.  Plan to attend one of the Communities of Interest and the Conference Orientation on Sunday afternoon.  Even if you’ve been to an ILTA conference before, the Orientation event will provide insights into how to make the most of the conference experience.

Make Contacts. Our attendees tell us that even more than the educational program, the networking in person with peers is THE most valuable asset they get from ILTA conferences - hearing case studies from peers, sharing experiences with peers and with vendors.  Every session and event at the ILTA conference is designed to maximize the opportunities to meet and discuss issues of interest to all attendees.
 
Report back to your firm. Keep good notes and report back immediately upon your return to work.  Focus on the points that show the value of attending the conference – things you learned, contacts you developed who will be helpful as you move forward, ways you can make your workplace more productive.

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