My new piece on preparing for using a conference preparation checklist to ensure a great experience at the event itself, and then using a conference review checklist to make sure to follow up on all those awesome connections you made while there.
Conferences are a wonderful way to build professional community, see old friends, learn about new developments in your field, check out a new or favorite city, and get feedback on your work. They can also be a bit overwhelming because there is a lot to keep track of between sessions, receptions, meetings, travel arrangements, and meals.
Considering most happen during the academic year and you rush right back into teaching or writing, it also can be difficult to remember to follow up afterwards on the connections, opportunities, and ideas you encounter at the conference.
Here are two checklists you can use to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience.