In just a few days, the largest northeastern conference for contingent labor management will kick off. Staffing Industry Analyst’s Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit, Collaboration in the Gig Economy, and the Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program pack as much of a punch as they do acronyms. Don’t miss a beat with this exclusive guide to everything you need to nail this conference, and frankly, any conference you'll ever attend.
For buyers and managers of contingent labor programs, no other event comes close to the line-up of events at CWS. Hosted by Staffing Industry Analyst, the leading authority on a number of staffing and workforce solutions, attendees have unprecedented access to networking opportunities with like-minded professionals and related vendors, countless informational sessions, and an exclusive industry-based certification program.
How to Nail a Trade Show Conference
Whether attending solo or with a team, take some time to prepare a game plan. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are the complex problems conference attendees hope to solve; such as developing a sophisticated contingent labor programs to manage one of the most diverse workforce populations.
Study the Floor Plan
Get a lay of the land as soon as you arrive. This will help you navigate which breakout sessions to attend without running yourself into the ground. Also, because there’s a lot to see and hear, you can identify where the vendors or third-party affiliates are that you A. need to see and B. wish to see.
Pack the Basics
We bet outside of work you’re a fashion force to be reckoned with, but just because this year’s venue is in Las Vegas, that isn’t an excuse to bust out your finest glittery ensemble. Check out the weather report before suiting up. Pack basic staples for a wide range of events; i.e meetings, dinner, a causal outing, etc. You never know where a conference will take you, so don’t forget to grab comfy footwear.
Prioritize Your Goals
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, whether it’s making a new connection or jumping into an unplanned breakout session. Remember you are here for a reason. Prioritize your goals for attending the conference, and make sure you and your team hit them one-by-one.
When possible, set up meetings in advance. This helps to maximize your time on the floor and reduce the time to juggle changes in your schedule or failed attempts to connect with your meeting contact. Plus, by doing this well in advance, you can take advantage of lulls in your schedule; i.e. breakfast and lunch meeting or when you aren’t interested in any of the sessions.
It seems like a silly one to include, but between the travel, lack of sleep, and on-the-run eating habits that usually occur at conferences, it’s likely that your immune system is going to take a hit. Since you know you'll return to a full inbox, now is not the time to catch a cold. I always travel with a filtered canteen that I can fill up on the conference floor, easy to transport snacks (oatmeal, almonds, etc.), and plenty of vitamins to take pre and post-flight.