Mar 23
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF BIG TECH-CONFERENCE?

EMERGE Speakers Advisor and ex-Director of Speakers at WebSummit shares her isights on getting the best experience at EMERGE and any other tech-conference.
If you've ever attended a conference (don't tell us that you haven't!) you know what a hustle it might be getting around, trying to pitch a dozen of investors at a time, attend all keynotes and get to know as many people as possible.

We get it.

Here you go with some helpful tips from EMERGE Speakers & Partners Advisor and ex-Director of Speakers at WebSummit Daisy Onubogu. Learn how to get the most out of the conference without getting dead tired or becoming the annoying-guy-with-business-cards.
Daisy Onubogu
EMERGE Speakers
& Partners Advisor
TIP 1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK


The worst thing one can do is come unprepared. First of all, know your strategic goals. Are you searching for investment? A career shift? Network expansion? Act accordingly. Check every possible guest list, shoutouts on Twitter or whatever you'll find and decide what kind of people you need out there. And do your best in trying to reach out to those people before the event (E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, whatever works for you) and try to arrange the meeting on the spot. The more advance work you do the more results you get.
TIP 2. DO TRY
ATTEND THE TALKS



It's not all of the talks, but also not none of them that should appear on your conference to-do list. Approach the task strategically and attend the talks that correlate with your strategic goal. However, if there's a side-event or networking on your table go for it. You can get the missed content back from somewhere else (articles, video recordings, etc.), but you can't get back the opportunities of meeting new people.


TIP 3. NETWORK
AT SIDE EVENTS



Whenever the big conference is happening there are plenty of side events run by brands, other startups, or even regular attendees who gave a shoutout like "Ladies in tech, let's get together for a coffee". Those are your best opportunities to meet people and have more time for a chat being in a small group, rather than in the crowd waiting for their turn to speak to, say, presenter.
TIP 4. PREPARE
YOUR PITCH



The main feature that differs a good networking from handing out your business cards is passion. Somehow it's always obvious when the person is passionate about the subject and makes it involving for everyone around. If you're not in search for investment, practice presenting yourself properly, let people know what you do and what are you up to in your professional life. Hopefully, you actually care about the thing that you're pitching. Nobody can help you with that one.
TIP 5. BUT DON'T
TRY TOO HARD



Make it simple. There's a misconception that often relates to non-native speakers or people outside Silicon Valley of working harder to get it. So they try to impress English speakers with their vocabulary or professional slang. And it's absolutely doesn't have to be the case. There should be no embellishing or unnecessary complexity. I have to walk out from there and be able to reconstruct what was your thing without missing or misinterpreting half of it. Of course, lines learned by heart kill your pitch. But do search for the fastest way to tell about yourself. Keep it short and listen to what's communicated verbally and non-verbally as you're talking. If your companion is looking for the nearest door, just ask for a contact to continue later and let them go.
TIP 6. STAY HYDRATED
AND DON'T FORGET TO EAT



Seriously. You're not going to be productive if you're hungry.
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What is EMERGE?
EMERGE is an international innovation conference in Minsk, Belarus, taking place on 17-18 May 2018. It will focus on emerging technologies, markets and trends. Over 1000 attendees, 200+ startups from CIS and European region, key stakeholders, investors and corporates meet in one place to build collaborations.

All talks will be in English with simultaneous Russian translation.
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