It's back to school time, not just for the little ones, but for all of us. Here at
1. Do your homework
Prior to leaving the office, I spend time reviewing the conference agenda. Getting a jump start on session planning can help you focus on specific problems before attending the conference. Heading off to an event with a few questions to get answered about a current project, issue, or co-worker will help guide your session selection. And who doesn't like coming back with a little tidbit you can start using right away?
If you're attending the event with your team, make a plan to divide and conquer. There always seems to be a few time slots where there are multiple sessions you would like to attend; there is probably someone you work with that has the same interest--split up and compare notes after the session. It leads to great discussion after the sessions are over . . . preferably over dinner.
I also recommend checking to see if and what is offered for Pre-Conference training. In some cases, such as
2. Don't Skip the Opening Session
In my experience the Opening session is always good to set the tone of the conference. They're intended to pump you up, give you energy, and get you in the learning frame of mind. A nice bonus is being able to see all the new information about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.
3. Learning Implementation Plan
I once heard that in order for Adults to retain new topics, they must review what they have learned within 24 hours and then again within 7 days of learning something new. Plus, one of the best ways to solidify what you learn is to teach it to others. Before you attend the conference, block off some time in your calendar for you individually to review what you learned, maybe 2-3 days after returning, then schedule a meeting with your team around the 7 day mark. That's the perfect time to process and then share what you learned.
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Written By Jenn Schoemer, Product Development Manager at Rockton Software, Microsoft Dynamics Add-On Partner.