Attending a work conference means dealing with many emotions, from excitement to stress. When many emotions spiral together, you might forget some basics, such as items you need to carry to the conference.
At a business conference, you represent your entire company. Some items portray you as professional, whereas the lack of some tools leaves a negative impression. In this case, little details can transform the way people view you and your professionalism. Here are some items you can carry to achieve a positive first impression before all the conference attendees.
Custom Breakaway Lanyards
It would help if you carried a lanyard to all business conferences as it provides you with a secure tool to attach your identity card. You can find a breakaway lanyard at great prices to match your requirements. If you want to stand out in the crowd, create custom breakaway lanyards with the help of a professional.
Using a lanyard will allow you to create recognition for your company and allow you to promote any content, such as your sponsor’s assistance. The chances of losing your photo ID are also lower when you attach to it a lanyard. In addition, you can also use lanyards as keys or pen holders, which is beneficial if you have to walk around at the conference.
Distributable Business Cards
Carrying a business card is crucial when you attend work conferences. When you meet new people and begin to network, if you don’t provide them with your ID card, they will not remember you, and neither will you remember them.
You can use business cards to make new connections and keep in touch with them in the future. Make sure to carry a good number of cards to don’t run out of them halfway through the event. Create professional cards that allow potential connections to understand that you are serious about your work.
Appropriately Sized Notebook
It can be helpful to carry a notebook to a work event so that you can jot down any important topic of conversation, contacts, or other essential information. However, if your notebook is too big, it can be challenging to carry it out. On the other hand, a tiny notebook can be a struggle to write in. So, ensuring that you take an appropriately sized notebook with you will allow you to go through the event prepared and without anything holding you back.
A Working Pen
When you’re at a professional event, you cannot wander around asking for a working pen. Although some conferences provide pens, it is best not to rely on that possibility. If you’re talking to someone and writing down their number, but you’re scrambling to make your pen work, the fellow attendee might lose interest in waiting until you run around to find a pen that works. So, to avoid any potentially unfavourable first impressions, stay prepared. Take two pens if you need to. Better safe than sorry.
Lastly, one of the easiest things you can carry is confidence! When you’re prepared for any situation, you automatically gain confidence. You may have to spend a lot of time at the conference, so make it worth your while by staying prepared to handle any situation.
Jason is the Marketing Manager at a local advertising company in Australia. He moved to Australia 10 years back for his passion for advertising. Jason recently joined BFA as a volunteer writer and contributes by sharing his valuable experience and knowledge.