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How can I have confidence in a professional setting?

I will be attending an industry conference for the purposes of networking and I need to find the right mindset in order to create the best impression. This includes networking when I have little to no initial contacts, trying to impress industry professionals, and keeping it together through the week. Success is going to be tantamount to me appearing confident, how do I get in the right mindset? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Feb 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Conference Advice

Help me attend my first industry conference! Need advice on asking permission/presenting my case to mgmt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Recording & Networking At An Academic Conference

Two questions about an academic conference: (1) voice recording at a distance and (2) networking at said conference as an undergrad. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Feb 2, 2011 - 10 answers

ASBMB? SfN? FASEB? oMG?

Are you a member of Society for Neuroscience or ASBMB or FASEB or something similar? I have a doctorate in biochemistry/pharmacology. I've completely left academia and work at a small biotech firm as a scientist. I don't want to permanently narrow my field of interest, so I thought it would be helpful to become a member of one of the science societies and/or attend some conference(s) separately from those that come up for my job. I'm having trouble deciding on what would be the most efficient and enjoyable option. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Out of my element in Charleston music scene

Let's say you're looking for a band to play at a conference for 500 river and watershed activists in Charleston, South Carolina in June. Let's also say you're doing this from Portland, Oregon and know next to nothing about the music scene in that beautiful coastal city. Finally, let's say that your fellow staff members have barred you from booking another bluegrass band ever again, yet this isn't exactly a Top 40/cover band crowd. What's a soul to do?
posted by vverse23 on Jan 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Help me escape my office!

Want marketing department arguments can I make to justify my going to South by Southwest and the Blogworld New Media Expo? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Boyfriend at conference; what to get him?

Fun treats for a boyfriend attending a weekend-long conference? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Nov 15, 2010 - 8 answers

video conference solution?

Best option for a 'webinar' given: 1. multiple speakers in different locations 2. broadcasting to dozens of individuals in different locations 3. to be recorded and made available for later replay 4. low cost [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Cheapo audio setup for small conference room (with wireless mics?)

I work for a nonprofit that rents out smallish space for other nonprofits to meet in. We have one room that's big enough that soft talkers are sometimes hard to hear in back, and one of those soft talkers has recently asked if I can set up a wireless lavalier mic for her. So I need to solve too problems: the mic system, and the amplification system. [more inside]
posted by Erroneous on Sep 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Conference Writing for Dummies - there's a hidden market here.

Conference writing for dummies? (Or non-academics?) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Cheap conference accommodation in Salt Lake City?

I'm going to a conference in Salt Lake City in late October and I need recommendations for places to stay for a week. [more inside]
posted by dohmer on Aug 28, 2010 - 7 answers

CHI->CIN->CHI?

Would it be worth it to drive five hours from Chicago to Cincinnati to present a poster at a relatively influential conference for two hours and then drive back?
posted by nosugrefneb on Aug 18, 2010 - 26 answers

Creative promotion ideas for a conference.

How do I promote my web design freelance business at a conference I am attending (unrelated to web design)? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

What's a great place to hold a conference in Portland?

I'm helping to plan a weekend conference in Portland, OR next June. We hope to have 300-500 people attend. We'd like to have some sessions in which everyone gathers to hear featured speakers, and we'd like to have breakout workshops featuring smaller groups. Plus it would be great if we were near food and lodging. My question: Where are good locations in Portland to hold a conference? We're not keen on cold, soulless places like the convention center. What about the art museum? The Baghdad theater? The Aladdin? The Kennedy School? What venues can you recommend?
posted by jdroth on Jun 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to host a social event for a conference in Washington DC?

I am hosting a small professional conference in Washington DC in September. Where is a good place to hold an evening social event for 50-75 people? In or near Georgetown is good, but something uniquely DC elsewhere can work as well. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on May 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Is this room available?

Looking for a Conference Room Sign / Room Wizard for our company. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on May 10, 2010 - 3 answers

$700 on the publishing industry roulette wheel...

I have written a literary science fiction novel. I am confident that it is salable, but I am so far having difficulty finding an agent. I am considering going to the Backspace Writer's Conference but am uncertain as to whether the $700 cost would be a good investment. [more inside]
posted by 256 on May 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Conference call for 300 people?

What conference call service can I purchase for a one time phone call with 300 participants? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Apr 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Find me a conference.

Help me find a conference in multimedia, web design, social networking, and/or internet marketing. [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Supplying WiFi to a small (50 person) conference?

I'm putting on a small conference, and the place we're using is happy to supply internets if we can supply our own WiFi. What sort of WiFi router or AP do I need to support 50 users simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by pivotal on Apr 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Name for a conference

I need help coming up with a name for a conference I'm hosting for mental health and social work professionals. [more inside]
posted by Palmcorder Yajna on Apr 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I go or not.

Not sure if I should go to a conference or not due to imminent resignation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Solo in Vegas

Things to do in Las Vegas when you are alone [more inside]
posted by askmehow on Mar 14, 2010 - 23 answers

How to voice conference internationally, cheaply?

What is the best method to voice conference when a few of the meeting attendees are on a slow/unreliable connection in Africa? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Mar 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Higher Ed Administrator seeks convention

I do higher education administration and would like to go to a convention or conference of a relevant profession association. I know about NASPA. What other broadly relevant associations are out there for higher ed professionals?
posted by Pineapplicious on Feb 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Between the unconference and the lecture

I'm planning a one-day seminar event. What are some good active learning strategies that I can employ for part of the day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Hello My Name Is Boring

I am highly motivated to avoid the blahness of YANFCB (Yet Another Fucking Conference Badge.) Help me come up with COOL conference badges. Or something. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Nov 22, 2009 - 11 answers

What kinds of questions do I ask during a parent/teacher conference?

What kinds of questions should I ask my daughter's Kindergarten teacher during a parent/teacher conference? I'm trying to formulate some good questions to ask. One thing I will ask is.............is there anything specific I can do at home to help her. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Conferences with less synergy?

Please recommend conferences dealing with leadership, management, and the like that aren't buzzword-tastic snoozefests. If they exist. [more inside]
posted by hijinx on Nov 5, 2009 - 3 answers

How much to charge for conference presentations?

A friend and I have been asked to present sessions at a conference, and we're not sure exactly how much to charge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

What are some clever tech-related sponsorship levels?

Help me think of some clever sponsorship levels for our upcoming tech conference. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

They paid, now should I?

Can I expense these plane tickets or should I pay for them myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Please hold, someone will be with you shortly.

I want to run it in a radio show type of format... a conference call that is. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Sep 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Conference room telephone setup

I need some help setting up a telephone system for a large conference room (about 50 people) for question and answers. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 on Sep 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find a hotel a short subway ride away from a conference in Philadelphia

Every hotel room within a mile of my upcoming Philadelphia conference is booked. Where can I stay that has easy weekend, weekday and evening public transit access to the University of Pennsylvania campus, specifically Jon M. Huntsman Hall at 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia? What do I need to know about using public transit to get back and forth? Must be safe after dark. Bonus points if it's affordable, as I'm paying for this out of my own pocket. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Seattle company that provides temporary internet for events?

Where can I find a Seattle company that provides temporary internet connections for conferences & events? [more inside]
posted by kables on Sep 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Un poquito mas baratito en DF?

Which hotels do you recommend that are close to (within 15 minute walk or 10 minute combi ride) MELIÃ MÉXICO REFORMA but far more affordable and in safe areas? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 on Sep 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Wi-fi in a conference room - are we getting screwed?

Why is it costing so much to get internet service in a hotel conference room? [more inside]
posted by lakeroon on Aug 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Attending a Seminar 101

I need to pick a seminar/conference/class/training/whatever for work to attend within the next 6 months or so, I have until 10PM to choose, and I have no idea where or what the cool stuff is. It should be at least tangentially related to my job as a Unix Systems Engineer/Python Guy, and preferably within the Northeast (NYC is where I'm located), although feel free to recommend anywhere in the US. [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on Aug 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Sightseeing during conferences

Sightseeing during conferences. Would you do this? [more inside]
posted by xm on Jul 27, 2009 - 22 answers

To Access the Call, Please Dial Your Participant Code Now

I am seeking personal recommendations for telephone conference call systems/services/companies. Specific features needed are detailed below. [more inside]
posted by jay dee bee on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Save me from another boring Italian meal

Unusual places in Manhattan to take a group of scientists for dinner? Longer version inside. [more inside]
posted by overhauser on Jun 10, 2009 - 19 answers

How to solve conference calling conundrum

Large conference room; polycom Soundstation VTX1000. Sounds great if you're in the room...lousy if you're calling. Help! [more inside]
posted by FloryTric on May 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Got a big room. Need ideas.

What would you do with a 47'x47' room to bring in revenue? [more inside]
posted by skypieces on May 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Where can I get loot for a book conference?

Can you help me find loot for my mystery fiction conference loot bags? I'm helping to organize this conference in Ottawa. It's standard practice to ask publishers for books and I'm told they usually come through. But I'm not having any luck. [more inside]
posted by storybored on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Eisenhower Vs. Kennedy Cage Match

Presidential trivia fight : Eisenhower or Kennedy? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Video Conferencing Solutions

Help me learn more about video conferencing and the equipment I'll need. [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Mar 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Space for a 50-person video conference in LA?

Is there anywhere in LA to host a video-conference for 30, or even 50, people? [more inside]
posted by scrawlyman on Feb 17, 2009 - 7 answers

How to get invited to speak on panels?

How can I get myself invited to speak on panels at conferences? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 5, 2009 - 12 answers

A Good Retail/Consumer Goods Conference?

What are some good, high-level, invitation only conferences for someone on the board of a large-cap, publicly traded company in the retail/consumer goods industry? [more inside]
posted by coward on Feb 1, 2009 - 2 answers

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