I am in the process of preparing for the conference that is 10 days away. I have selected most of my class sessions, printed the syllabus for the classes I chose, and updated my google calendar. I was thinking about what else I needed to do to be ready to go the the conference. I am a list maker from way back and preparing for this conference will be no different.
I was writing my to-do list (put syllabus in folders, finish library research list, get haircut, etc.) and decided to look over the blog posts I wrote when I went to the Springfield, Illinois conference. One of the posts I wrote included what I would do differently next time:
After attending the keynote speaker, 16 sessions. one workshop, and one dinner-would I do anything different? Just a couple of things. First, I think I would look at the total day before signing up for special events. Pairing a four hour session with a dinner after, might have been better planned on my part. I hope I was decent company at dinner. The other thing I would do differently would be to spend the last night at the hotel. I decided to leave after the conference and drive to Chicago (through six construction zones!) and spend the night with my daughter. I loved visiting my daughter, but an extra night to unwind after the conference would have been helpful. And, lastly, take more pictures. I was so wrapped up in the conference I didn't take enough pictures.
How am I doing so far? I forgot to look at the total day. Friday will be my longest day, I plan to attend morning and afternoon sessions, attend the IGS luncheon, and attend the Friday evening event. I may decide to skip the last Friday session to get ready for the evening event. I just want to get the most out of going. I will let you know how it goes. If I don't blog on Friday, you will know why.
I made hotel reservations for Saturday night, this time, which will be good. The only other thing I have to remember is to take more pictures. My husband got a nice camera for Father's Day and I plan to use it this time.
I feel more confident about going this time as I will not be a conference goer newbie. Are you going to Fort Wayne? See you there.
If you would like to read my blog posts from Springfield, Illinois, click here.