You can maximize the event — after the fact.
I’m home from the writers conference, but I still have work to do.
Late Sunday, after a ten-hour drive, I unloaded the car, unpacked my bags, and went to bed early. But I still have actions to take. Monday morning, I made a short list.
I’ve written several thank-you notes. Before I put away the folders for the classes I taught, I’ll make a few updates.
If I’d attended as a conferee, I’d remind myself to retype my session notes into my computer. That second interaction, while the information is still fresh, would help me remember those points I want to apply. And there are business cards with information to enter into contact lists.
I tried to keep receipts for my travel expenses. This morning I entered them in my spreadsheet and filed the originals. When April 15th arrives, I want to be ready.
In my decades of attending conferences, I’ve honed a computer list of the clothing and equipment I need to bring. Today I made a few updates. With charger now marked in boldface, maybe next time I’ll feel more willing to use my tablet.
Your list of post-conference must-do’s will differ. I hope it includes:
- thanking the editors and agents with whom you had appointments
- clarifying any questions about their requests to send a proposal or manuscript
- actually sending them that material
Consider thanking the conference director and even those whose classes you attended. Events take so much effort, it’s easy for leaders to experience a letdown. Knowing their work is appreciated may tip the scales toward agreeing to try again. It’s much like the hard work of writing. A little instruction, a little encouragement, a little feedback can go a long way.