Now that you've spent the time, money and energy getting to that conference, how do you make sure that the expenditure was not in vain? In the third and final part of our July special feature on business travel, we show you how to maximize a business event through strategic planning, time management, socializing with important business connections and even taking some time to disconnect and enjoy your trip. No longer do you have to dread that big show that will pull you away from your business and potentially not justify the effort. Read on to learn how to be a conference commando.
Business Insider brings you the inside scoop on how to effectively network with business colleagues at a conference.
After the show is over, the key to getting the most out of your time there is to follow up with the people you met to ensure a potential sale or just an important business connection. Business Insider shows you the best ways to re-connect with the people you meet on your trip.
For those who are not social butterflies, hanging out with colleagues and potential clients away from the conference or show floor can seem daunting. But never fear: Business Insider has lots of great tips on how to break the ice and have fun socializing with business associates.
The purpose of your trip may be for business, but that doesn't mean you can't still relax and have some fun. Nell Merlino shows you how to disconnect and recharge on your trip.
Meeting people at conferences can seem like an empty exercise in which every conversation has an ulterior motive. But business and etiquette expert Bruna Martinuzzi shows you how to turn a conference buddy into a meaningful business contact and colleague.
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