Conference Survival Guide: Part 2

[This is a guest blog post by Julia McIntosh of ASQ’s communication department.]

A few weeks ago, ASQ CEO Paul Borawski asked for your best advice for “surviving” a conference or networking event. As we gear up for ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement May 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana, we’re sharing advice we’ve received from ASQ Influential Voices bloggers and ASQ volunteers (also known as member leaders).

And now to the advice!

Update: Influential Voices blogger Bob Mitchell shared his advice: Bring a smart phone and business cards.

Blogger Scott Rutherford has a wealth of tips, including to bring an extra bag for all the things you will acquire during the event!

Aimee Siegler, also an ASQ blogger, strongly encourages conference-goers to sit with someone they don’t know. Aimee advises attendees to attend sessions that cover different industries and unfamiliar topics to learn something new.

In addition to the above advice, ASQ blogger Jennifer Stepniowski says, “Plan your day!” Figure out what you’ll be doing, when, and where. Also, leave some time to summarize your day and reflect on what you’ve learned.

Advice from ASQ member leader Elías Monréal for getting the most out of ASQ’s World Conference specifically:

“Here are a few of my tips: 1) Find the hospitality suites from the various ASQ Divisions: FD&C, ASD, Inspection, Audit, etc. Not only good source of food/drink but GREAT networking opportunity. 2) Budget for time to schmooze around the Exhibition Hall. Who knows, just might make new friend, find that new product, add a division/interest group, buy that ASQ book at conference reduced rate, or catch your breath from long day. 3) Bring a cardboard box to ship home those trinkets/giveaways/shirts/books/magazines to avoid the excess baggage fee or second bag fee. 4) Pack aspirin…trust me on this one. 4) You may take 10,000 photos to remember event but try to tell yourself, you will return to WCQI next year.”

And, finally, advice from too many people to list: Wear comfortable shoes!

If you have more tips, please share them in the comments! And be sure to watch View From the Q for live updates from ASQ’s World Conference  next week. You can also follow conference keynotes and other events on Twitter. The hashtag is #WCQI13.