How to make conference attendance pay off

Hosted by Chris Baysden

Thanks in part to their CPE requirements, CPAs often attend one or more conferences a year. Walking into a ballroom full of people you don’t know can be intimidating, though, especially if you’re an introvert. But if you’re just going to listen to the speaker and leave, you’re missing out on a great deal of professional development opportunities. Guest Lynne Waymon of Contacts Count joins this JofA podcast episode to explain how to navigate the sometimes awkward social situations created by conferences so that you can get your money’s worth out of your attendance.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How to be prepare yourself to be “spontaneous.”
  • A trick to remembering other attendees’ names.
  • Best practices for handing out business cards.
  • Why you should consider volunteering for a job at a conference.
  • What to do after you get home from the conference.

Play the episode below:

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