Going for It: Emerging Entrepreneur

Ready for the Digital East Conference

I am extremely ecstatic about the upcoming Digital East Conference at Tysons Corner. It's scheduled for October 18. I always look forward to attending conferences because I judge my growth from my experience with events such as these. As a young businessman, I am consistently trying to outdo myself and meet people who will take me to the next level. Trust me when I tell you that no matter how big my network is, there's still another million people out there that a) I haven't met and b) could take me to another plateau in life.

This makes the Digital East Conference a perfect match for someone with two businesses (Card Scan Man and Elevator Up Magazine) that rely on the Web to function. According to the program description, the conference will bring together, "hundreds of Internet executives, online marketers, web strategists, bloggers, entrepreneurs and investors at the inaugural event for expert content on opportunities and trends created by the latest in web innovation."

The following is a list of general preparatory measures I take when planning to attend conferences:

-Develop a plan of attack. Include hotel, travel, what breakout sessions to attend, what companies/people to meet and then research the companies, etc. The 30 minutes you spend planning could save you hours of frustration at the event or lead to a great new client!
-Bring a surplus of business cards; make sure the contact information is current. Never be caught unprepared because it sours a reputation and you never know if you'll be spotlighted and run through all 500+ cards you just ordered.
-As a student it is always a good idea to bring a few resumes just in case. Recruiting doesn't only happen at job fairs and it is my experience that people are more impressed when you have a resume at an event unrelated to recruiting.
-Have your elevator speech prepped! You ought to know who you are, why you're at the event, what you hope to accomplish and how other attendees can be helped by you or how they can help you.
-Take pride in your appearance. At an event with hundreds of people you want to ensure you are remembered and it starts with what people see before you even introduce yourself. Hair, breath, pressed clothes, shined shoes, cut finger nails (so you don't scratch people), etc. Check out the event website(s) to see attire description as well as pictures of past events to ensure you're coming correct. Remember: dress for the job you want, not the one you have!

Glad I can help and if you're looking to grow your career or business on the web, I highly encourage you to attend this event as well!

By

Semaj Rashad

 |  October 12, 2010; 6:14 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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