It is essential to maintain decorum when attending an event. Counsellor Shivani Misri Sadhoo shares tips on how best to conduct oneself at an international conference
Counsellor Shivani Misri Sadhoo lists some important factors that one must keep in mind when attending international events
An international conference or seminar offers attendees an opportunity to demonstrate professionalism, skill, and knowledge. So, it may be helpful to keep some pointers in mind while you are there.
PLAN IN ADVANCE
Many conference or seminar planners have a list of things you need to carry along. You need to include a cellphone, laptop, pens, business cards and ID cards, and sometimes all these. Keep in mind to keep conference-related material that has been sent ahead. Jot down the names and something about the people you need to address.
When deciding on your conference wardrobe, make sure you understand the dress code of the event. Usually, it could be a suit, tie, or dark socks for men, and hose and closed-toed shoes for women. Men can wear a suit, while women may wear formals with coordinated slacks, tops, and jackets.
REPUTATION AND CONDUCT
Safeguard yourself as well as your country's reputation at all times. Speak in a polite and positive manner. While listening, pay attention - you never know who may be addressing! Beverages may be served at the conference so know your limit.
Although it's usually expected that you'll carry your electronics gadget(s) with you, keep the laptop on if you bring it to the seminar, so you don't have to hurry to check anything. Ensure your cellphone is on silent mode.
CARRY YOUR BUSINESS AND ID CARDS
It is always better to carry your business or ID card when you are at any international seminar/ conference because you never know when you may need to leave the hall.
While at an international conference/seminar, chances are very high that you will meet people from different cultures. Show respect to everyone!
Safeguard yourself as well as your country’s reputation at all times. Be polite and positive
Shivani Misri Sadhoo