Don’t Do It! 7 Cardinal Mistakes of Event Attendees

Posted on October 8, 2012 
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Event season is upon us and there’s no better time to catch up on Facebook, respond to old emails and make some Amazon purchases, right? Of course not.  But in this age of short attention spans and social media consumption, the term “face to face meeting” is rather quaint and seemingly optional -  even if you show your face at a conference. So easy is it to hide behind your screen, typing away, checking statuses and news updates and not doing what communicators do: communicate. As the PRSA annual conference approaches, followed by PR News Media Relations Conference, the Bootcamp For Emerging PR Stars and other industry events, it’s a good time to take stock of your Conference M.O. and avoid these mistakes made by others:

Do you have some conference attendee “mistakes” you can add to this list?  Please share!

– Diane Schwartz

On Twitter: @dianeschwartz

Comments

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    Hey,
    With this particular piece you summarize a bunch of of the most integral ideas!

    Easy to read & full of important know-how!!
    Thanks for sharing Don

  • http://www.internationaltradeinformation.com Stephanie Selesnick

    I’d add this bit to not networking with workmates – don’t sit with colleagues and friends during educational sessions or meal functions. Make it company policy if need be! Attendee takeaways will be far more varied, and your company reach extended exponentially.

  • http://www.londonpragency.com Gurdeep Sangha

    Remember to do some reading before attending the event. It is important to have some knowledge about the conference or speaker in order to get the most out of the event.

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