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This will be my first year going to HC, any advice?
* have fun
* bring business cards
* prepare and practice a 30 second or less intro of who you are and what you do and why you do it and for how long you've been doing it
* nearer the time get a list of the exhibitors and mark down those you want to talk to
* rsvp for the parties
* once the sessions list is finalised, work out which ones you want to attend, if there's a period where none 'leap out' at you (rare but happens) pick one anyway
* charge your phone and laptop in the room everynight so you're powered for the day
Last edited by astutiumRob; 01-28-2014 at 03:51 AM.
Once the event gets closer. Check out the exhibitors and note which ones you want to talk to. I find time goes fast, so hit up those booths early so if you run out of time you do not miss out on those vendors.
Other items I find useful. Do not be shy... I have met a lot of good people at past HostingCon's.
I attended HostingCon 2012 and am planning to attend again in 2014.
A few things that I would do differently this time. I would make a list of questions or things I would like to know, and browse to see which exhibitor or speaker could possibly help answer my questions and pay them a visit. Some of the sessions seamed more like sales pitches, you do learn a few interesting things but I think its important to know what you want to get out of it beforehand. I find talking to people one on one is better. Definitely the personal aspect of making new contacts and strengthening relationships with existing business partners has been the best part of my first Hosting Con experience.