Friday, July 22, 2011

Getting the most out of a national meeting

KevinMD had a guest post on this topic, which I thought had some excellent advice. It is written by a palliative care physician, but much of the advice fits for anyone going to a national meeting for their field or profession. If I could recommend just one thing off this list, it would be to have some business cards! I continue to be amazed at the number of people who do not have them. Yes, we all have smart phones and twitters, and LinkedIns, etc. but there are still some notable advantages to business cards. The connection of physically exchanging something, the reminder that they bring when you are emptying out your luggage, and of course, it is much faster if you have to quickly break a conversation off. If you are presenting a poster that you cannot stand next to for the entire meeting, you can leave your cards tacked up so people can take one and contact you later.

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