I don't know about you, but often when I attend a conference and meet new people and learn about new research and programming, I return home energized to apply all that I learned to my own work. But once I get to the office, the energy and ideas are pushed aside as I prioritize my existing work.
Here are some ways I've tried to keep the energy and ideas flowing in the first week of “Post-Conference Life:”
- Review your notes from the sessions you attended and the people you met.
- Schedule time for reflection and write down your thoughts. This helps to make connections between what you learned and who you met.
- Make a plan for action. Did you promise to follow up with someone who shared a similar interest? Did you make a note to look up a resource or research article mentioned in a session that would help inform your current or future work? Was there a new online tool you wanted to try? Or begin to follow a new organization or person on social media?
- Schedule time with colleagues who attended the same conference, as well as those who did not, to share something you learned or something that excited you about the conference. Brainstorm with your colleagues on next steps or how this might inform your work or the work of your team.
Do you have a strategy for maximizing the knowledge and networking gained when you attend a conference? How do you process, share, and apply what you learn in your “Post-Conference Life?” Please share in the comments section.