10 ways to Get the Most out of Your Conference Experience


Below are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your conference experience. Some of these have been gathered from past delegate feedback and others are just a reminder of some of the basics. With any luck some of them will make you think and encourage you to really flex your learning muscles and capitalise on everything that the conference has to offer.


  1. Attend with a positive and enthusiastic mindset. Know what you want to get out of the event and be prepared and open to being challenged and learning new ideas. Attend presentations on topics that are unfamiliar to you.

  3. Participate as much as you can and listen actively. Ask questions!

  5. Take notes productively. Record ideas and observations in a way that will encourage you to return to your notes and plan for the future. Work out how you can govern for maximum impact.

  7. Prepare beforehand and plan your time. Look up the conference agenda and select appropriate workshops. Choose speakers that you would like to meet and be sure to arrive early to their presentations.

  9. Take every opportunity to network with other delegates and speakers. Make the most of your time at our social events – try to make new contacts and connections. Plan future meetings or discussions with delegates you’ve met and had fruitful conversations with.

  11. Check out the trade exhibitions. We have an exciting group of trade partners exhibiting at the Conference this year. In addition to the ideas and solutions they can offer delegates, by visiting our trade exhibitors and completing the Trade Map delegates will be put into the draw to win a registration pack for the Better Boards Conference 2017 (1x Main Conference ticket, 2 x Gala Dinner tickets and 2 nights of accommodation).

  13. Attend with a colleague if possible so that you can share and discuss ideas together and attend different workshops if interesting ones conflict. If this is not possible, share what you learnt with other colleagues at work or your next board meeting.

  15. Ask for help. If you don’t know what’s on next, or where you’re supposed to be, or you have lost your conference guide or other personal belongings – ask a member of staff for help. Their job is to make sure you get the most out of the conference and they are ready to do what they can to help you out.

  17. Decide what type of conference-goer you’re going to be. Is it more important to attend every possible session (or even switch between sessions to be sure you’ve chosen wisely), or are you going to be more focussed on taking the chance to make connections and contacts even if it means missing some sessions?

  19. Fill out the feedback forms. If you’re a regular attendee of the conference, you will benefit from any improvements that the organisers make as a result of this and if you really enjoyed the conference then it might be nice to share that with them.
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