Another Month, Another Conference
The month has flown by, it feels as though I just got back from Salt Lake City and now I am off again to attend the FGS/RootsTech combined conference.
I try to do as much preparation as I can prior to the conferences I attend. Here are a few of my tips:
Print business cards
Even if you do not have a business, conferences are a great place to meet new contacts and having your name, email address, contact info, etc on a card is very convenient. I like to use my name tag to place cards I collect and a few cards to hand out. Some people like to print double-sided cards and put their surnames on the back.
Write on the back of collected cards
If you collect cards write on the back – why that card is important. Is it is a distant cousin, fellow researcher, etc.
Print address labels
At conferences, especially large conferences, there are always lots of drawings. Having an address label you can put on the slips rather than writing out the same information is so much easier and saves a lot of time. Often these slips also ask for your email address as a method of contact, or a phone number at the conference. Making your own labels allows you to add additional information if you choose than just your name and address.
Dress in layers
Conference rooms temperatures can vary. Some are too cold, others are very warm.
One of my newest purchases was for an extra battery charger for my cell phone. While I have tried in the past to bring my charger with me, it can be difficult to find a spot by a plug or the time to recharge my phone.
Review the syllabus in advance
I try to download the syllabus as soon as I can when that is an option. My home internet is more reliable and less bogged down than those available at hotels or at the conferences themselves. I also try to download the handouts if they are available because by looking at them it helps me decide what classes I really want to attend.
Prepare a Research Plan
If you are going to an area that has nearby research facilities, check out their online catalog. Are there items that interest you? Do as much preparation as you can from home so you can maximize your time researching.
I am going to have a very busy week and I’m looking forward to another opportunity to increase my genealogy knowledge. I am excited to reconnect with friends and acquaintances this week and hope to make some additional ones.