Microsoft’s GPUG Summit 2017 is coming up fast, from October 10th through the 13th in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether it is your first time attending, or your fifth, you have to prepare yourself in order to get the most out of all your sessions and networking. By preparing for the show, you will be able to get the most out of your investment. Below we’ve highlighted some great ways to prep and what to bring to make sure you go home from Microsoft’s GPUG Summit ready to kick butt in your business!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EVENT COMMUNITY
Microsoft’s GPUG Summit event has created a community page on their website allowing the networking to begin before October 10th. There are great discussion forums available, everything from ideas on sessions to take to where you can get a good run in before the day starts. Join in on the conversations and find some fellow event goers to meet up with or find some educational opportunities to jump in on during your down time. Joining this community will really kick start your prep for the show.
PLAN OUT YOUR SESSIONS AHEAD OF TIME
The GPUG Summit website has a list of every session and their time slot during the show. Take a look at this before you go, because titles of sessions can be deceiving. The session list allows you to drill down and see what the session description is, who the speaker will be with a bio, how many CPE credits are available, the level of the session, whether it is a presentation, workshop or user group and what the learning objectives of the session are. Planning out your sessions ahead of time will allow you to get the most out of your days and attend the most relevant sessions for you.
BRING BUSINESS CARDS
You will meet a lot of people at Microsoft’s GPUG Summit. If you don’t bring business cards, you will likely spend a lot of times scrambling to find a pen and paper to write your information down for the people you meet. Bringing business cards will ensure you can follow up with some of your new potential partners, customers, vendors and friends.
BRING A WAY TO TAKE NOTES
Microsoft’s GPUG Summit is chock full of important information that you will want to take back to business to share with others and implement in your business strategy. It will be impossible to remember everything that you learn in that quick 3 days. Bring a laptop, tablet or even old fashioned pen and paper to be sure you don’t forget a thing.