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Making the most of the conference

 

The 2010 Conference will take place from May 28 to 30 at the Grande Bibliothèque in downtown Montreal.

QUESTIONS? Contact the conference team at conference@editors.ca.

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Link to the French site — Congrès 2010 : La révision en réflexion : contenu et culture

Come Prepared

  • Practical: Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a refillable water bottle, note-taking material and your business cards.
  • Goals: Use the conference as an opportunity to grow your business. Before you plan your schedule:
    • Review your business. Identify your strengths, challenges and opportunities. Note what’s changed and what you want to change.
    • Identify goals for developing your skills, your business acumen and your comfort in building relationships (i.e., networking), etc.

Plan Your Activities Carefully

With your goals in mind, look over the conference schedule and presenters.

  • Note the seminars and networking opportunities that could help you reach goals. Prioritize them.
  • Make a note of anyone (presenter, a colleague or a client), you’d like to meet.
  • Identify your "must do" choices. Then schedule around them.

Choose Seminars for Growth

Make strategic choices.

  • If you’re exploring editing, go to a variety of seminars to get an overview.
  • If you’re exploring new markets, go to the seminars on editing in various sectors to learn their requirements and conventions and where to focus your efforts.
  • If you’re working hard but not making money, try a seminar on business skills or landing better-paying contracts.
  • If you want to improve or assess your skills, look for workshops like those on indexing, copy editing and substantive editing.
  • Choose sessions for your level of experience and/or knowledge.

Network with a Purpose

Life and business thrive on good relationships, and learning to develop those relationships is worth the effort.

  • Identify what you want from talking with others. Is it discussing common problems or finding someone to collaborate with? To practise networking so you get comfortable with it? Or to leave the conference refreshed?
  • If you are a hesitant beginner, set a goal for a number of contacts each day.
  • Be ready to give as well as receive. Be ready to share ideas and tips and to give respectful feedback.
  • Introduce yourself to everyone. Don’t depend on your name tag to do the work.
  • When you get cards, make notes on the back to jog your memory later.

Schedule Sanely

Give yourself a break.

  • Sometimes it’s better to go for a walk than sit through another session.
  • If you’re an introvert, nurture your inner introvert.

Get the Best Out of Sessions

To avoid going into a passive state in a full room, try this.

  • Be an active listener.
  • Take notes. Highlight your questions. Put a star beside great ideas.
  • Be open. Sometimes we get into a session that is an opportunity in disguise.
    • If you hear challenging ideas you want to disagree with, you listen as if everything has value—likely it will later on.
    • If you end up in a session on a familiar topic, you "listen for things that confirm your experiences and build confidence"—leaving a session knowing that you are in the same league as colleagues you respect is a power boost. 

Use It or Lose It

Don’t let ideas and contacts get lost. Follow up.

  • Schedule time to follow up on what you learned and on your contacts, after the conference.
  • Type up your notes—you’re more likely to use them if you do.
  • Review notes and implement what you learned.
  • Set goals and find an accountability partner. Agree to check with each other by a specified date on how you are meeting your goals.

Sources: Krysia P. Lear’s hard-won experience; Seven Rules for Designing More Innovative Conferences by Ed Bernacki of the Idea Factory; "Tips for Making the Most of the Conference" by The Word Guild