As I’m preparing to speak at the Arizona Women Business Owners Day of Empowerment, I wanted to pass along some tips to help you make the most of your attendance at this conference and other events you attend. (Scroll to the bottom for registration information and enter the code WVW1014 for a special discount!)

When you’re preparing to attend any conference there are steps you will want to take so that you can make the most out of the investment you’re conference business making – in both money and in time.

Here are my best practice tips for making the most out of conference attendance:

  • Check out the agenda and “get to know” the speakers before you arrive. Read their bios and the descriptions of the session they will be presenting. Plot out your day prior to setting foot in the conference or seminar location.
  • When you’re deciding which sessions to attend, make note of what you’re hoping to get out of that session, any questions you may have for the speaker, and how you believe this topic will help you in your business.
  • If there are pre-conference networking or breakfast events, plan to attend. The same goes for attending post-conference dinners and networking events. This is a great way to connect with both speakers and other conference attendees.
  • If you see the conference organizer, tell him or her what your business is and ask for recommendations on other attendees with whom you might want to connect. A
  • If possible, request a list of attendees either before or after the conference so you can connect. At some conferences this is the norm, but other times it is not allowed. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
  • Of course you should collect business cards of those individuals with whom you think you might be able to do business and ask if you can add them to your mailing list. Make sure you have something already in place that you email on a weekly basis. We offer everyone we meet the opportunity to receive our weekly Biz-Tips. This is a great way to stay front-of-mind with potential clients.  If you aren’t getting these short and useful tips to help you be more effective in your business, you can sign up at www.YourVirtualAccountingOffice.com. You’ll also get a free report on How to Create a Strong Password.
  • Whenever possible, connect the people you met with other people who provide services they are looking for. If they want a CPA and you know a good one, share their contact information.
  • Follow up to let people know you enjoyed chatting with them.
  • Lastly, be sure to add your new contact your CRM database. Note when and where you met them.

I hope to see YOU at the Arizona Women Business Owners Day of Empowerment on October 24th. It’s going to be a great event worthy of your time! It is sponsored by West Valley Women and the International Women Business Owners.

Because you know ME you get a major discount on the ticket for the day which includes lunch. Go to www.arizonawomenbusinessowners.com for the details and to register.  The code you will use is WVW1014 for this special discount.

See YOU there!

 

 

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