If there’s an opportunity to go up to a speaker at the end of their talk and thank them for their time; take it. You can ask them follow up questions, learn even more, and make a good connection.
Don’t be afraid to approach other attendees at a conference. You can end up getting as much value from talking to them as you could from talking to a speaker.
Choose conferences based on their reputation, not just on who is speaking. Search hashtags on Twitter and see what past attendees thought, and you’ll be able to figure out which conference will bring you the most value.
It’s great to be inspired by conference talks; but to make attending worth your time and money, you need to figure out some action steps for taking that inspiration and applying it to your creative process or business.