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How to Get the Most Out of a Conference

Talk less, listen more

  • Ask people to introduce themselves. Think of commonalities among group members and highlight those when you’re making introductions.
  • Ask thoughtful questions and listen carefully to how others respond. 
  • Having conversation starters at the ready can make small talk more palatable.

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