IATEFL Conference Tips – Updated

IATEFL Conference Tips – Updated

Preparing for IATEFL 2017? First-time at the conference? Here are some tips to help you enjoy it and benefit as much as you can!

What to pack

  • Maps
  • Plugs, adaptors, chargers, etc.
  • Smart(ish) clothes (but warm & comfortable!)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Drinks bottle
  • Money (cards – inform your bank you’ll be abroad)
  • Paper, pens, clipboard
  • Tablet / laptop
  • Space in suitcase for freebies!

Preparation Tips

  • Read the programme in advance. You can download it here.
    • Get the app – here.
    • Choose talks to attend, inc. Plenaries
    • Use abbreviation codes to help
    • Look out for ‘big names’
    • Pick alternatives (esp. if limited audience)
    • Talk about choices (share notes!)
  • Don’t try to attend all sessions!!!
  • Try something new
  • Pick your interests / set goal
  • Attend or watch the recordings of how to” webinars & sessions – here.

Networking Tips

  • In advance:
    • Join IATEFL Facebook group – here.
    • Follow @iatefl on Twitter – here.
    • Look for SIGs on Facebook / Twitter
    • Join in discussions, etc.
  • At conference: meet online contacts
    • Chat / socialise after sessions
    • Ask questions, maintain discussions
    • Join evening events
  • After the conference:
    • Catch up online
    • Keep up contacts – form your PLN
    • Make a note of who people are / your connection

Make the most of it

  • Pace yourself – Leave time to reflect, digest, sleep!
  • Look after yourself – Eat healthly, drink enough water, get fresh air.
  • Take notes on what presenters say – You can get slides later.
  • Contribute!
  • Catch up on sessions you missed at IATEFL Online – here.
  • Remember: You are valuable members of IATEFL.

IATEFL Blogger 2017

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