So after preparing and going to the conference then everything is done, yes? Well not quite......
We look at following up after a conference and how I did at CodeGarden.
A lot happens in a con so take 10 minutes to think about the talks you went to, the talks you missed, the people you met and the new ideas you encountered.
Consider what you might want to follow up on or things you want to take a second look at. If there were talks you missed you can probably find a video of it online.
There's no point meeting people if you're not going to continue those relationships! Connect with people you have met on Twitter, LinkedIn or direct mail, whether they are recruiters, trainers, employees, employers or clients.
Ask questions, seek advice, offer help if they had problems you were interested in solving. Offer to do talks for their Meetups or introduce them to someone else who can help them out.
Try something more than a simple LinkedIn Request
Share what you learnt with others. This will reinforce what you know and help others out at the same time.
This could involve your meetup, fellow team members at work or a guide through a blog post. People will be interested in new tech ideas, a review of the way things are done or a just a company or freelancer who can help them out.
If you really liked it then consider speaking or volunteering for the event next year. Not only does this get you thinking ahead but speakers and volunteers often get a discount or a free pass.
You don't need any special skills for volunteering, just a willingness to turn up, get stuck in and listen. Often others helping out know a lot about the industry or are speakers themselves. I've helped out at SQL Bits and SQL Relay before.
CodeGarden 2017 Review
CodeGarden 2017 was amazing, helped by some prep. My post-conference activities involve...
- Following up on the videos for CodeGarden 2017 I missed
- Reaching out to new people I met or spent time with from the umBristol user group or from various European countries.
- Learning more about Umbraco Cloud from the guys at Umbraco HQ and using it a bit more myself
- Some blog posts with people I did short interviews with at CodeGarden
- Writing up some presentations after ideas from some of the talks. Expect Lego Scrum 2.0 and What Umbraco Can do in 30 Minutes.
- Asking about helping out next year and submitting talks for 2018 and other Umbraco conferences.
- Some follow-up blog posts about parts of Umbraco I've learnt more about from CodeGarden.
End of the Cons
That's it about conferences for now. Leave a comment with your own post-conference activities or tweet @DuncanThom