Conferences – A professional’s participation

Conferences

Any conferences you plan to attend? Coming across as professional is a must – even though you may think no one is ‘watching’ you among the crowd.

Let’s share a few tips on how to enjoy the experience as a true professional:

Dress Code

No need to go into the details of how one should dress for a corporate event. One thing to remember is that your chosen outfit should reflect the professional perception you wish others to have of you.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones should be on silent with no vibration settings left on. Scrolling and browsing while someone is giving a presentation is disrespectful and a distraction. You may think that, because you are sitting towards the back of the room, you could be excused on this one. The answer is no.

Cleanliness

Why does it seem acceptable to leave bottles of water and crumbled paper lying on the floor when a large group of people are gathered in a room? Would they really do that if they were a party of three having a business lunch? So why does it seem to become acceptable in large numbers? Without trying to justify such behaviour which, as studies have revealed, seems to be common when individuals gather in crowds, all we should really try to do is think of those coming to get the room in its previous state before we ‘professionals’, went in.

Photos

If allowed, do remember to turn off the flash when taking photos as that would be a distraction to those on stage. Uploading content before the end of a conference is also not appropriate.

Business Cards

Remember to take business cards with you. As always, it is poor form to go around and hand them out without introducing yourself. So give out your card when a mutual introduction is made and you agree to continue interacting after the event. The business card can also impact your professionalism as this small card will be representing you when the networking is over.

Ramona Galea
Ramona Galea

Ramona is an International Etiquette Coach and an avid believer of the importance these soft skills have nowadays. This passion kicked off from a young age when she questioned why elbows couldn’t stay on the table and her inquisitiveness continued and she founded First Class Etiquette, to address the developing need for people’s understanding of the importance of international business and social etiquette. It really is not just about elbows but confidence, attitude, assertiveness and knowing the how, the when and the why we do things. Amongst her hectic schedule, her two biggest indulgences are travelling with her family and reading with an Aperol Spritz in quiet surroundings - just being away from it all to de-stress.

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