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How to Stay on Task While Attending a Conference

Everyone loves a good conference—it’s a chance to learn new things about the field that you love, meet new connection at fun cocktail parties and seminars, and quite honestly it’s a great excuse to get out of your regular routine and shake things up a bit. But while you’re enjoying (and learning at least a little bit), your work is still waiting for you in the office when you get back. Even though you’re on a trip for the purposes of work, how do you make sure that you don’t fall too far behind when you’re at a conference?

Try Not to Take on Anything New

First things first: try not to be tempted to volunteer yourself for any new projects. Though you may be the first one to shoot your hand up in a meeting or reply to an e-mail, try to restrain yourself. Concentrate on soaking everything up about the conference while you’re there. Focus on meeting new contacts and learning new skills. If you’re managing anything from afar, it’s best if the project isn’t brand new so that way you know exactly what needs to be done from a project management perspective and when.

Check E-Mails In the Morning and Evening

Though it may be tempting to constantly look at your iPhone for e-mails, resist the urge. Remember that you’re at the conference to learn and engage, so when you’re constantly on the phone it hinders that. Check your work and personal e-mail accounts in the morning and evening so that you know exactly what’s going on in the outside world while you’re away.

Keep an Eye Out on Projects

Whether you have a virtual assistant or you are managing your projects solo or with a team, just be sure to know exactly where you stand on the project and what needs to be done while you’re at the conference. Unless something is an absolute emergency you should be able to fully enjoy your conference without being too heavily involved in the project. This is where your skills of delegation and task management come into play. Don’t be afraid to assign others on your team to take on some of the heavy-duty tasks while you’re away from the office. They’ll appreciate the confidence you show by delegating your important tasks to them.

photo credit: martinhoward

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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