13 Must-Haves to Bring to Every Conference You Attend

NCMA

There you are. Standing in the corner. Waiting. Checking your phone. Waiting.

No, you’re not a stalker. You’re an awkward conference goer. One who didn’t come prepared. All you have are a few business cards in your back pocket. And you’ve already realized that’s not enough to save you.

It’s easy to walk into a networking event and feel overwhelmed and unprepared (and awkward). So we asked the Young Entrepreneur Council, “What one thing do you always make sure to take with you to a conference or event (other than business cards)?” so you can make a list for next time:

1. Conversation Starters

Sometimes conference chitchat can be painful. After the standard, “What do you do?” and “Where are you from?” questions, an awkward silence typically ensues. Come prepared with conversation starters to slip in to keep the conversation going. My favorites are related to the content: “Get any…

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