You’ve just returned from the end all, be all, of conferences.
You plunked down cash with the hope of learning something new and meeting fabulous people. The glow of the conference is fading as quickly as the sun on the Rockies. Now you don’t want to let all the inspiration and renewed passion sit in the bottom of your abused tote bag. Right? Of course not!
Therefore, here are 6 Rebel tips plus one worksheet for your after conference follow-up: (Be sure to list your success tips in the comment section below)
- Create a conference action list. This is different from a task list, or to-do list. Any person can write a to-do list – but you are taking this to the next level and generating ACTION from the conference. Pick that one idea out the several you picked up and build on it! Action list here. #LetsDoThis! Which leads me to item…
- Schedule a brainstorming meeting. Gather your team together. Again, anyone can schedule a meeting to “debrief” but YOU are going to forgo the boring, yawn inducing debrief and go straight to the money maker. That one idea that was simply brilliant…Brainstorm it! Brainstorm, as a team, how is that idea is going to go from paper to implementation. No team? Brainstorm with your network, you should have gathered some new members – take advantage of these new connections and work out loud together. That being said, let’s move to…
- Talk to your new friends. You were there, tweeted, Facebooked, and all manner of other social activity. You picked up a new friend or two (or more). Regular people may be happy they have grown their social profile – but you, my Rebel friend, will take it to a new level. Gather those new friends together and create a group just for them. Be a pied piper! Many social applications allow for private group building, so pick one! Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn. No excuses, you are a Rebel now. Which prompts me to talk about…
- Send thank you notes. Rebels going old school. I can see your eyes bugging out of head from Chicago. You collected business cards. Now do something with them. If you are a business owner or vendor, I don’t have to tell you this – but for the “I gotta a day job” Learning Rebel, what better way to tell people you enjoyed meeting them. Come on, it’ll give you something to do while watching late night TV. Collecting cards, shouldn’t be about quantity it is QUALITY. Let the people with whom you exchanged information know that they were special enough to make it into your card file. Email template here. Wow, this ties into…
- Email, tweet, facebook message the presenters of your favorite sessions. They are people too, and they want to hear from you. They mentioned a research paper and you want to have deeper conversation about it than is allowed in the after session Q&A. You have their card. No? You have that Google Machine now put it to use. Believe me they want to hear from you, and if they don’t respond? Well, then you don’t need to buy their stuff… (evil Rebel laugh). Speaking of presenters…
- Find your story! Aggregate your notes. Shannon, that sounds HARD. It’s not. Use tools like storify to organize your notes, and then share them. Easy peasy – go to Storify, enter the hashtag or presenter handle and BOOYA! All of the hashtag tweets are gathered in one spot. You get to choose what was fascinating. Storify puts them in a fashion so you can share. Not on twitter, but posted to Facebook? That’s okay, this awesome tool aggregates FB too. Share the best of the best. Sharing rule of thumb = Read, Think, Analyze…then share. Quality is what counts here. Take a look at the eventifier from ATD… you can get a birds eye view of all that happened! (thank you to @learnkotch for sharing!)
- Share Your Story! Take you notes and transfer the highlights to Evernote and share the file, or write them in a blog post and share with your team, or write them up and post to sharepoint. If you were in my session – you learned that not sharing information is hoarding. Don’t be a knowledge hoarder.
- Plus One! Download this template for your thank you letter and this action list for your after conference session follow up plan.
What are you doing as a follow-up for the conference? Share your tips in the comment section below.
So what is coming next, you may ask?
As I have done in the past, I am gathering stories for my “It’s a Wrap” series.
Coming up are stories from:
- Tricia Ransom @TriciaRansom who will talk about how this conference renewed her personal development focus.
- David Smith @dsvirtually who will share his key learning.
- Sam Rogers @snapsynapse gives us her point of view of attending with a team.
- Homz Umrigar from Dubai @homzumrigar Will give us his international point of view
- Chris Coladonato @chriscola will give us her experiences too!
Starting on Tuesday, May 31 and running throughout the week, you will be able to experience the ATD ICE 2016 conference from their eyes, and learn from their stories. NOW, that’s the Rebel way – sharing so we can all learn and grow together.
Don’t miss out! Get tips, tricks and ideas by signing up for the “The Rebellion”!