You have entered a conference and feel overwhelmed. Awkwardly, you wait in a corner trying to spot somebody to network with. You have a sneaking suspicion that you are grossly unprepared. And you are right!

If you recognize yourself, then read on for a list of the top 5 things to bring when attending your next conference:

A Notepad

Apart from networking opportunities, each conference gives you the chance to learn something new. Staring at the speakers and nodding along will not make you smarter. Take a notepad along to jot down salient points covered during the sessions. These points will also be a great conversation starter when you want to introduce yourself to someone.

Your 30-Second Pitch

You have a small window of opportunity to make a positive impression on the people you meet at a conference. Prepare a 30-second elevator pitch in advance and practice it well before the event. Ensure that the pitch covers what you do, why you are attending the conference, and what you are looking for.

Business Cards

Double check to see you are carrying enough business cards. Even though this is 2017, business cards are still the main way of introducing yourself to strangers at a conference. Don’t make the cardinal mistake of forgetting to take them along.

LinkedIn App

Ensure that you have loaded the LinkedIn App on your phone before you reach the conference. You can use it to write a live post during the event. It is also a great way of connecting with other attendees in real-time and following up with them later.

Portable Battery Chargers

Carrying a portable battery charger is a must when attending a conference.Doing so will ensure your phone has enough juice for the whole day. After all, in this day and age, your phone is a critical networking tool.
It is always important to prepare yourself before attending a conference. Following our tips above will help you make the most of the event, both in terms of learning something new and making new business contacts.