This week I’m heading to a IABC’s annual leadership institute and I thought I’d share my basic high-level pre-attendance checklist in case it is useful to anybody else:
Take a moment to clarify what success looks like.
Think of it like a countdown:
Confused? Read why Venn anyway.
You only get out what you put it. Arriving well informed tends to help. Here’s my knowledge packing list.
Tap into the community.
Most likely people have already started the conference well before it kicks off – say, via Twitter. The hashtag is #IABCLI – get stuck in. Like a good library, there are more shelves though, have a look below for some of the going-on-elsewhere / coming-up-soon topics:
…and here’s one for the competitively minded:
Conferences are all about developing what you’ve got into something more. A great way to do that is through sharing your insights and learning (hint, refer to C above).
Engaging without a purpose is pointless. Right?
Also, connect to relevant people you met via LinkedIn and otherwise follow up on any actions you agreed and promises you made.
A for Align
B for Briefed
C for Connect
D for Develop
E for Engage
What does your checklist look like? Let me know @michaelambjorn
P.S. Hat tip to Jane Mitchell for the 3-2-1 thought.
P.P.S. A humourous venn that might be helpful if you’re checking up on your LinkedIn (and other social) presence(s) prior to travelling – be human, banish the buzzwords:
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) January 26, 2016