General First Time Conference Attendees:
- wear comfortable shoes!
- network with EVERYONE. Meet new people.
- Stay hydrated. Conference hotels are dry and you'll talk a lot.
- Bring snacks (Powerbars, candies, etc.) in case you're in a session during lunch.
- Go to the parties (don't sit in your hotel room...).
- Try to go to a session on something you don't know much about rather than go to all the sessions on [subjects you know something about]. You'll meet new people and learn something to boot.
- Try not to go up to some big name and say, "wow, you're so-and-so" (s/he will know that already). Instead, introduce yourself and start a conversation. [Don't be afraid to talk to people, in other words!]
- It's OK to go up to someone you know from...[their scholarly work or from] Facebook whom you haven't met in person and introduce yourself face-to-face.
If you're presenting for the first time:
- If you are on Twitter, tweet what you're learning at the conference (though try not to do it while someone is giving a presentation as it is rude to be typing on your smartphone while someone is taking).
- Prepare a 1 page (double-sided) handout to share with those in your session. 30 copies is probably enough. On it, have your contact info....
- Try not to read a paper to the group. Instead, have talking points/PowerPoint.
- Time yourself so you don't go over (you don't want to get "the hook" or the gong).
- Be realistic on how much you can read in 15-20 minutes if you read a paper (probably 6-7 double-spacked, typed pages).
- Have a back up in case the technology doesn't work (e.g. handouts of your PowerPoint slides)
- Smile--people came to hear your talk. They're interested in what you have to say on your topic.
- It's nice to have a friendly face in the session--pair up with someone and go to the other's talk and s/he'll go to yours, too. (Most comp/rhet/writing center people are overly friendly so there should be a lot of friendly faces in the session, but it's reassuring to know there's a special friendly face in the room just for you).
Monday, October 03, 2011
NCPTW Conference tips
On WCENTER, Risa Gorelick posted some handy tips that the WPA email list sends out that might help first-time NCPTW attendees (edited with peer tutors in mind):