This week, I’m away in Dublin for a conference.
It’s been quite a long time since the last time I attended a conference in full (not just popping in for a half a day). And I’m even presenting a short paper!
So, needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of reading about surviving conferences and networking, especially as a classic introvert…
In preparation, I’ve studied the program closely, tweeted about my going to the conference from my professional Twitter account and booked a room in a hotel close to the venue so that I can retreat there easily if it gets a bit too overwhelming…
And I’ve gathered the articles I’ve read on preparing for a conference for today’s link round-up.
So here we go.
Preparing for a conference: tips for beginners
Some great advice to prepare for your first conference.
What to do before, during, and after your first conference.
A great article on the costs and benefits of attending conferences as a student.
I will definitely be applying Stephen’s tips for introverts who go conferencing…
“The question is: how? How not to drown at conferences? The simple answer: chose your sessions wisely ahead of the conference’ start.”
Which conference to go to?
How do you choose which conference to attend?
A few questions to ask yourself and help you decide whether to attend conference X.
Comparing conferences – different crowds, different questions.
Presenting at a conference
Confessions of a crabby conference abstract reviewer.
How to decide between poster and talk for your next conference.
Dealing with anxiety
“So: don’t fear giving talks. When you give a talk, you know more than anyone else in the room. And you’re not working to pass a gauntlet of scrutiny; you’re sharing with your colleagues and friends the hard-won knowledge your work has yielded. Show off your new land, still steaming as it cools, and celebrate what you’ve made.”
Some further proof that you always know more about your topic than your audience.
“One of the things I’ve found most useful when trying to conquer presentation nerves is to think of the audience. This works because it takes the focus away from me and the myriad ways that my talk will turn into the Presentation of Doom. Shifting to this perspective means that my aim becomes ‘how can I be kind to the audience?’.”
We could consider presentation slides to be a form of academic writing. But let’s not forget that slides are not places for extensive text.
Some advice to create a PowerPoint presentation in social sciences or economics.
Using technology for conference presentations (or, why you perhaps shouldn’t).
Image attribution in presentations.
How to host an on-campus conference.
Some advice on building conference panels. Most importantly: don’t let them be all male!
Organising an academic conference? Don’t forget Twitter!
Microaggression, Micro Problem? On the need for conference “Codes of Conduct”.
Are you going to a conference this year? What are your best tips? Tell us all in the comments!