I hope all of you collegiates were able to catch up on your schoolwork since then end of WE16 over a week ago. Even though conference is over, there are still some things you should be doing to make the most of your WE16 experience. I have compiled a list of tasks to help you take advantage of the large number of resources you gathered while at conference.
- Think about those goals that you brainstormed before heading to conference.
Creating an action list and a takeaway list will help ensure that all your conference goals were reached. An action list will put you on track to keep any promises you made during the conference and a takeaway list should help you put what you learned into practice.
- Share what you learned with others.
Share any knowledge that you took away from the conference with SWE members who were not able to attend. Whether you learned a solution to an officer problem or a piece of advice that you think would help friends grow personally or professionally, I encourage you to spread your knowledge.
- Compile your session notes.
This will make it easier for you to share information with others. It will also make it easier for you to find your notes useful when you look back on them at a later date.
- Remember all those business cards you picked up … use them.
Email the contacts you made to follow up or to simply say that it was nice to meet them. Make your message personalized by mentioning something related to the conversation you had. You never know where a connection may take you.
- Keep in touch with you new friends.
Did you hit it off with SWEesters from around the world? Don’t wait till the next conference to talk to them again! Connect with them on social media so you can ask them questions or share funny anecdotes from your life; I’m sure they will love to hear from you.
- Fill out post-conference surveys.
People work very hard to put on these huge conferences. Letting them know what you liked and what can be improved help ensure your experience next year will be even better.
- Send thank you notes to those who helped send you to conference.
Send a thank you letter or email to your university, company, or anyone who helped you fundraise. Including a few things that you learned will let them know that it was worth their effort and money to send you.
I hope that you all gained so much from WE16 that you are now planning to do it all over again at WE17 in Austin, TX next year!