Natalija Gajic offers some ideas to get the most out of fundraising conferences like the FIA 2016 Conference.

Life buoyFundraising Institute Australia’s annual conference – which will offer a dive into different thinking – is back in Melbourne for 2016 from March 2 – 4. The website has launched where you can learn all about the sessions, masterclasses, one-on-one clinics, exhibitors and the always popular social program.

Conferences on fundraising are a great source of information as well as the perfect place to build your network and learn about the newest happenings in your industry!

You can get the most out of your conference experience with these top five tips:

Tip 1: Be prepared!
Read the program, look at the speakers and check what exhibitors will be there. Know which sessions and functions you need to attend. This is particularly helpful at larger events like the FIA 2016 Conference which will feature six tracks, more than 80 speakers and many networking functions. Make a plan and build your perfect conference experience.

Tip 2: Take notes
Capture the ideas that excite you. Type away on your device or use the old pad and pen, either way make sure you take notes. At the end of each day review them and turn the best ideas into action points you can diarise for when you get back to the office.

Tip 3: Interact

Talk to your fellow delegates. Ask the presenters questions. Learn about the products and services the exhibitors have on offer. If you ask people why they attend conferences, nine times out of then they say networking. So seek out the networking opportunities on offer, or even get together with fellow delegates and organise your own.

Tip 4: Check social media
Use the conference hashtags before, during and after the event. Follow the speakers who interest you and be part of the conversation. Tweet out questions at conference and connect with your fellow delegates through their social media handles.

Tip 5: Share what you’ve learned
Be known for generously sharing your knowledge and growing capacity in your organisation when you return. It could be in a simple presentation or e-mail to your team or a formal conference report on the intranet. Share the passion and excitement of new ideas with your colleagues.

Natalija Gajic is Conference & Events Manager at Fundraising Institute Australia.




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