I realized as I was reading blog posts from the SAS Global Forum conference in Seattle earlier this month, that there was a lesson to share about all the different types of posts I was seeing.
If you're like most conference attendees, you're thinking, "Who has time to blog while attending a conference?" You have to attend presentations, catch up with colleagues, network to make new connections and maybe even present yourself. There's never enough time to see and do everything you want to in the first place. Add writing a blog post to the list? Forget it.
But if you come back from business conferences with too many ideas and concepts swimming around in your head to process, blogging can help. You could use Leo Sadovy's method for summarizing conference ideas in one chart after you've returned. But during the conference? In a recent post, David Murray discourages random social media meanderings during conferences, which are designed to offer "respite from the random."
I find that blogging helps me focus and process my thoughts throughout the conference. If I write about what I'm seeing and experiencing, I can make better use of the information later and share it with colleagues. If you'd like to try blogging from your next business conference, but you're not sure what to write or how to post, consider one or more of the ideas below. Follow the links for examples. There's something here for everyone to try, regardless of how you process information.
12 ideas for writing conference blog posts:
- Write a summary of your overall conference impressions.
- Live-blog or polish up your notes from a single conference presentation.
- Post a video.Or two.
- Write a three-tips post based on the answers provided to a single question by a panel of three.
- Recap conference coverage from other bloggers.
- Report on activities that are drawing crowds.
- Write about something new and innovative.
- Use internal resources to find quotes and inspiration for a post.
- Discuss your personal learnings and reflections from the conference.
- Talk about Twitter.
- Remember conference history.
- Write a to-do list.
I know there were so many more. Please feel free to add your own in the comments.