There are many great ways to learn and sharpen your skills for the good of your career and in our view, attending an industry event or conference should be high on your ‘to do’ list for 2019!

Getting the most out of attending a conference or event takes a bit of planning and foresight, with so many interesting and passionate individuals in one enormous room, it’s an opportunity too perfect to miss!

Here at Noble Futures, we want to help you to get the most out of a such events as possible, so our team have put together our top 5 ways to get the most out of events and to enrich your conference event experience.

  1. Do your prep beforehand

Much like anything in life; if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. By doing your homework on who is attending the event and where they might be located, you’ll save a lot of wandering in between stands searching for the stand or company you’re interested in.

  1. Choose the right sessions

At industry events, there will be a range of sessions focusing on a number of different topics. Make sure you know what time they begin and what’s on offer so you can maximise the learning experience.

  1. Get chatting

You never know what the next person you talk to will have to say. Networking is an incredibly important way to hear about new opportunities and to gain new contacts that might help you reach those 2018 goals!

  1. Put that phone down

In this day and age, it’s so tempting to keep one finger on your digital network at all times. However, at a conference it will be far more valuable to put it away and focus on what’s in front of you.  You’re more likely to notice key details and grab people’s attention if you’re focused on the present and interested in the events of the day rather than that sunny, holiday Instagram story.

  1. Friendly follow up

Post conference is often the most important time and when the most valuable networking occurs.  Give whoever you spoke to, and felt they could be interesting future contact, a friendly call and cement that relationship.  Even if it’s not to gain a client or customer, you might learn something new and gain a bit of extra knowledge.

There are many industry events coming up that are definitely worth attending, including Animal Health Investment Europe in London on the 26th-27th February, Vet South 2019 in Exeter on the 6th-7th March and the VMA Awards in London on the 15th of March, to name but a few.

We wish you the best of luck putting all this into practice at these, or any other conferences or events you may attend this year and we hope to get the opportunity to meet you there in person.