4 Ways to Optimize Your Time at a Conference: How to Have the Most Fulfilling Experience at The Dental Festival

Not all conferences are created equal. That’s why we created the Dental Festival on Land, where a number of leading conferences will come together to help you get the best CE, networking, and entertainment in the dental industry.

Just like any other big event, you can get the most out of your time at a dental conference by coming prepared. The Dental Festival offers an array of unique resources and amenities to ensure you can do just that.

Here are four tips to help you optimize your time at a dental conference and have the most fulfilling experience at the Dental Festival on Land.

Do Your Research Before You Show Up. 

If you’re planning to attend a dental conference, do some research on who will be attending the conference. Dental conferences are a great place to meet face-to-face with dental industry leaders you typically can only connect with virtually. Instead of showing up and hoping to make a connection, plan ahead. 

If you find someone you really want to connect with, whether they are vendors or other attendees, reach out via email or social media before the event and ask to schedule some time with them. By doing this, you’re more likely to build a connection with them upon your face-to-face interaction. For an event like The Dental Festival, which includes a number of on-site events, you could even invite other attendees to attend events together to maximize the number of people with whom you get face-to-face time.

Perfect Your Pitch. 

Before you show up to an event, you need to perfect your pitch. Whether you’re representing yourself or your company at these events, it needs to be crisp. There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of vendors and industry professionals at The Dental Festival.

Coming prepared with a pitch about your goals and who you are looking to meet will be memorable to everyone you meet. And as they meet new people at the event, you’ll be top of mind when someone they speak with matches the type of person you are looking to meet.

Sound professional, but be casual and specific with your pitch. And be sure to follow up your pitch with asking each person what their goals are and who they are looking to meet. That will allow you to help make mutually beneficial connections for them, as well.

Make Sure All of Your Resources are Aligned. 

What good is relationship building going to do you if no one can find you after the event? You need to put your best foot forward. This means making sure you have follow-up ready that matches your pitch. For example, if you are looking to break into dental speaking, make sure you have a speaker website that looks clean and professional, your social platforms are up to date, and you have business cards on hand. Make it easy for them to contact you.

The last thing you want is for a potential business connection to come up empty handed when trying to reach you. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel when connecting with others. Having confidence at these events will take you a long way. 

Don’t Limit Yourself to Connecting In Between Sessions.

Everybody at the event is trying to get the most out of the speakers, activities, and entertainment as possible. They’re all busy trying to optimize their time, which is why you shouldn’t limit yourself to only connecting during breaks or after talks.

Utilize all your time on location to make plans with other professionals, such as having lunch or dinner together or attending some of the many entertainment options available at The Dental Festival.

A Dental Event You Won’t Want to Miss  

Smiles at Sea’s Dental Festival on Land is bringing together the best dental conferences to provide dental CE and the best dental speakers along with networking, entertainment, and fun. This includes Dentistry’s Got Talent, a pool party, a costume party, a comedy show, a casino night, and even a black tie event. These additional events offer great opportunities to network and connect with people to help you achieve all of your goals.

Sign up for the October 2021 Dental Festival on Land here.