Conference Survival Guide 2014

It’s that time of the year: Preparation for ASQ’s annual World Conference for Quality and Improvement (WCQI). This year, it will be held in Dallas, May 5-7. I don’t think I’m bragging when I say that I’m a WCQI veteran. By my count, I’ve attended 28 conferences in the years I’ve been with ASQ.

So this year again, let’s talk about conferences and events.

1. Which networking events, conferences, or workshops do you typically attend? How do you decide they’re worthwhile? Is it more about the learning or the networking or both for you?

2. What are your tips and advice for making the most of the events you attend?

My advice is pretty basic: Wear comfortable shoes! You will be walking or standing much of the time at conferences.  And take the chance of introducing yourself to someone you don’t know and asking them why they’re attending the event. You’ll hear remarkable stories.  I know you have other wisdom to share. I encourage you to blog about it or leave a comment. We’ll do a summary before the conference.

And, of course, I hope to see you in Dallas.  In fact, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t.

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One Response to Conference Survival Guide 2014

  1. Navin S. Dedhia says:

    ASQ WCQI is a premier event. I have attended all but two WCQI (former AQC) events
    since 1981. I have learned a lot during the past 31 conferences. Saturday Leadership Institute is a great place to learn, network and participate. Sunday evening Reception is another one to intermingle, network, build new connections and learn. One can learn and enjoy while listening to the keynote speakers. Never miss Opening Session and Closing Session. Stroll in the evenings to the Hospitality Suites for networking and talking to overseas attendees. WCQI provides many opportunites to enhance career and improve learning path.