I met my three best friends, Paul, Keith, and Adam, at PHP conferences.
Meeting people and making new friends is one of the major benefits of participating in a conference. I would not say that ‘the hallway track’ is the reason to attend a conference, but it is in the top 3.
The friends you make at a conference can:
- Help you find an answer to a problem you are facing
- Help you locate someone you need to talk to
- Be your rubber duck for a problem you are having
- Help you find your next job
Before you travel across the street, or around the world to participate in a conference, sit down, make a plan. Look at the speakers who will be there, and follow the conference hashtag on social media to see who has announced they are participating. Make a list of the people that you want to meet.
As you participate in the conference, look for those people. Seek them out, and make new friends.
The friends you make at a conference will last a lot longer than any knowledge you may pick up in a session.
Until next time,
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Here’s a video where I give a little on the HOW.