Advance preparation can help you to maximize your learning at your next conference. Simple tasks like downloading the conference app, choosing the sessions you want to attend, reviewing the attendee list to locate colleagues, and becoming familiar with vendors in the expo hall will help you get the most out of the event.
In the articles and resources in this curated list, we outline advice and give tips on ways to get the most value from conferences:
How to make conference attendance pay off (podcast episode)
As you head into conference season, it's important to do more than simply show up, attend sessions, and then go home. It takes preparation and an open mind to seek out opportunities to connect with other conference participants. In this article and podcast episode, learn ways to make conference attendance pay off.
Social media is present at almost every conference, and using it wisely will help you develop high-quality connections and stay engaged. This article offers five ways participants can use social media to optimize their conference experience.
While the idea of networking might make you cringe, it is a must-have skill for anybody who's serious about their accounting and finance career. This article highlights some professional networking advice you can use whether you're embarking on your career, building on it once you've gained some experience, or even setting off in an entirely new direction.
Conferences and networking events can be overwhelming to participants who are introverted or who prefer smaller group interaction. This article gives some suggestions on ways shy, quiet people can network effectively on their own terms. All it takes is some practice and planning.
In this blog post, an introvert describes how she learned to let go of fear by learning how to network effectively. She provides six tips for overcoming shyness, developing a proactive mindset, and learning how to strengthen professional relationships through networking.
The information and insights virtual conferences can provide are arguably more important than ever right now. Taking a few steps such as prioritizing your participation, making new connections virtually, and holding a post-conference debriefing with fellow participants is a good way to leverage your virtual conference experience.
Ten tips to be your best at the next virtual networking event (open to Private Company Practice Section members)
Here are 10 tips to help you get the most from your virtual gathering and differentiate yourself without having the advantage of being there in person.
If you're attending AICPA & CIMA ENGAGE 22 live next month, you can get a primer on the event during the "ENGAGE 22: How It All Works" session, to be held on Sunday, June 5. You can also take part in speed networking or match with participants, speakers, and vendors with similar interests on the ENGAGE app. If you're attending online, you can use the conference platform to network virtually and put together your itinerary in advance.
AICPA & CIMA ENGAGE 22, the premier accounting and finance event, will be held at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and live online June 6–9. During the event you will have access to curated content developed by experts and focused on current, necessary information and updates. With seven tracks covering the profession's most interconnected areas of focus to choose from, you're guaranteed to enhance your competencies, expand your skill set, and gain industry knowledge to help you succeed in your career.
— Teri Saylor is a freelance writer based in North Carolina. To comment on this article or to suggest an idea for another article, contact Courtney Vien at Courtney.Vien@aicpa-cima.com.