3. Put Yourself Out There
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." ~Dale Carnegie
Simple attendance is not enough – you have to get stuck in, make yourself known, make your presence felt – network, dammit!
Networking is the key by-product of attending conferences, seminars and other events. And not only that, it is one of the prime objectives of creating, planning and managing your own event, such a as a product or service line launch, a topic-specific presentation or similar.
But networking – effective networking at least – does not come to the shy wallflower, or the unprepared.
You can tweet all you like during the event; you can contact as many people as you like on LinkedIn after the event; you can make copious notes on the speakers and their presentations. But without leaving your seat, introducing yourself to your hit-list and working the room, it will be a diluted success story when you return to the corporate fold.