Sara started it, and I like the idea - the Unofficial Official Guide to SAS Global Forum. My contribution to this unofficial guide is “The Agenda Builder and why it matters to me." In case you're wondering, I use it to:
- Convince my boss that I should attend. Sure the Dumbo ride at Disney is great, but my boss isn’t really sending me to Orlando for the theme parks. Use the Agenda Builder to search on the topics that can help your productivity, then print the abstracts and share with your boss as an example of all that you can learn.
- Figure out how to get around at the conference smoothly. I simply create and print my agenda in advance and take it with me. Then when I arrive, I use my printed agenda, which includes the room locations and facility maps to easily locate the presentations that I'd planned to see. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is a beautiful facility – but it’s big, and you don’t want to waste your time wandering around.
- Create personal events, such as “Meet Sue at Code Doctors at 2 p.m.” If you’ve attended SAS Global Forum before, you're sure to have made friends that you'll want to spend time with again. Create your own unique, personal events and make the most of your time at the conference.
One last word of advice: The functionality of the Agenda Builder gets better once you've actually registered for the conference. Anyone can use it to create an agenda that can be built and printed during a single Web browsing session, but only those who are registered for the conference can actually save their agenda for future revisions. Just another reason to go ahead and register now!
How are you going to use the Agenda Builder to make the most of your conference experience?