Many faculty and graduate students have summers off from teaching and course work. This provides the ideal opportunity to travel and present research at conferences. Here are a few tips for networking at conferences from the “Shepa Learning Company” (the full article can be found here) :
1. Thoroughly review the conference program in order to organize the sessions you wish to attend and read up on each presenter.
2. Attend social activites such as coffee breaks, lunches, banquets, etc.
3. Step out of your comfort zone by sitting with people you don’t know, starting elevator conversations and invite others to join in your conversation.
4. Ask questions during question period (but don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking).
5. Avoid using your ipad, cell phone or laptop during breaks.
6. Update your business cards and put them in your carry-on baggage.
7. Make an effort to reconnect with acquaintances as many people attend the same conference each year.