• Attending Conferences


I have the opportunity through my work to attend a couple professional conferences each year.  As an introvert, I generally enjoy listening to the speakers and attending the breakouts to get me started thinking about all kinds of new ideas.

Some aspects of conferences, of course, I could do without. I have been thinking of two different conferences I attended recently and the sharp contrast between the two.

At the first conference, we were given table numbers and assigned to sit at a certain table.  I did not know the others at my table, which of course was the point.  However, it was very loud and hard to hear, so this was not a great use of time.

The second conference was very different, as we were encouraged to sit with those from our company so we could have deeper discussion about how we could take the ideas from the conference and bring them back to our organization. I felt this was more productive and helpful, as it did allow my group to engage in meaningful discussions about the sessions we’d attended.

Conferences have many purposes, but I sometimes feel like the organizers and presenters do not accommodate for differences in personality type. While I’m sure the extroverts in the room love it, I hope I never have to rub the back of the stranger sitting next to me again.  This kind of thing can be torture for the introvert.

Sometime in the future I would like to put on a conference just for introverts.  My introvert conference would encompass more deep conversations and less shallow-types of activities.  See you there!


2 thoughts on “Attending Conferences

  1. Tanja @ Conscious Introvert Success

    I think my ideal introvert-friendly conference would have a single event each morning, and another each afternoon, with PLENTY of time between them, and evenings totally free. No rushing from event to event to event with no downtime in between to process what I’d learned in the previous one before I had to stuff my brain full of yet MORE information!

    There’d be also quiet areas for (optional) communal eating during breaks, but the organisers would make it clear during the opening ceremony that retiring to your room, or sitting on your own outside the venue in the gardens if it’s sunny is totally acceptable too.


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