Episode 050

050: The value of conferences

Going to conferences is something most professionals end up doing at some point in their career. But when should you start going to some? How do you know which ones are best? What should you do when you’re there? We discuss all these things in this latest episode and share how conferences have impacted our careers, as well as give you advice for how to get the most value from them.

“You need to be thinking about how you’re going to put the things you learn into action to improve your business”

— Charli

Key takeaways

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.

Show timestamps

0:00 – A special announcement

1:15 – Intro

2:40 – About the seanwes conference

4:00 – Are conferences worth it?

6:00 – The role conferences play in our career

11:25 – Choosing which conference to attend

13:00 – Approaching speakers

17:15 – Attending conferences outside your industry

19:00 – What makes for a good conference talk

22:20 – The value our listeners find in conferences

25:10 – Taking notes

30:10 – Justifying the cost

31:30 – Making the most of a conference

Show links

Show credits

Follow us on Twitter – @DesignLifeFM

Subscribe to Design Life on Apple Podcasts

Our theme tune was created by Camiel van Schoonhoven