Make the Most of Attending ArabNet Riyadh
Conferences can be a great networking opportunity, if properly prepared for. Here is a guide on how to make the most out of ArabNet Riyadh this week.
1. Review the Agenda
Consult the agenda and take some time to review the sessions and tracks offered before heading to the event. Set a goal for what you would like to learn at the conference and choose the sessions or tracks that best fit your needs.
2. Orient Yourself
In order to be efficient and not walk in late on an important session, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the conference space and halls before heading to the event. Download the ArabNet Riyadh app (on Android and Apple) in order to keep the floor plan handy at all times.
3. Follow the #Hashtag
One great way to take home insights from speakers, collect information, connect with industry professionals and network with fellow attendees is by following the event’s hashtag (#ArabnetRiyadh). In addition to Twitter, tweets with the hashtag will be live streamed at the event.
ArabNet conferences are the perfect place to network so capitalize on the opportunity and make use of meeting industry leaders throughout the day to build new relationships, and make long-term connections. Check out our networking tips here.
Ask questions and participate in discussions and panels when you are given the opportunity to do so. This will not only help you stand out from the crowd and get your ideas across, but you may also gain some additional valuable insights from the speaker(s).
6. Bring the Right Gear
Keep your phone and laptop chargers with you, pack enough business cards and bring the materials you need for any on-the-spot demos or elevator pitches you might need to make.
7. Register Early
To not get stuck at the registration desk, register as early as possible (registration opens at 8.30 am) to minimize the time you’ll stand in lines and maximize your time learning and meeting people.
8. Stay Organized
Between sessions, workshops, one-on-one conversations, and interviews, you’ll probably come away with a lot of notes, names and numbers. Use a notebook to keep track and jot down your notes.
9. Follow up
It’s preferably to connect with the people you met during the conference in the days immediately following your return. Make sure your follow-ups are personalized and appropriately tailored to what you discussed.
The insights you gained at the conference are likely to be useful for your team or colleagues, so make sure to set aside time to pass on what you’ve learned through an in-person session, email or post.