Petre & Rugg (2010). Conferences. (The Unwritten Rules Of PhD Research.)

Petre, M., & Rugg, G. (2010). Conferences. In The Unwritten Rules Of PhD Research (pp. 183–191). McGraw-Hill International.

[“The conference process: a novice’s perspective” (p 184) …]

[“Working a conference” (p 186) …]

[“The organizers’ viewpoint” (p 187) …]

[“Miscellaneous good advice” (p 189) …]

“If your first conference is also the first conference at which you are presenting a paper, then you might be excused for feeling a bit stressed. One good way of reducing the stress is to get some experience at public speaking before you go — for instance, departmental seminars, which should be treated as a useful opportunity rather than as an unwelcome obligation to be avoided till the last moment. You can also try running unofficial postgraduate seminars at which you present your work to each other in a constructive, supportive atmosphere (persuading a wise and supportive member of staff to come along and give [page break] constructive criticism can be very helpful). Another strategy is to co-author with your supervisor and persuade your supervisor to give the talk, with a promise that you will do the talking next time. You can then learn from your supervisor’s experience. If you are talking, then it’s a good idea to read the chapters elsewhere in this book on writing and presentations.” (p 189-190)

[“Getting the most out of networking at a conference – a checklist” (p 190) …]

[“Strategies for covering conferences of different sizes” (p 190) …]

“Large: make advance arrangements to ensure contact with key people, and focused targeting during the event.” (p 190)

[“Making contacts at the conference” (p 190) …]

“• Present a paper (which introduces you to everyone in your audience)
• Ask a good question (others who find your question interesting may introduce themselves to you, and the author will be more likely to remember you)

• If you hear a conversation that’s really interesting, stand visibly on the periphery until you get a chance to make a contribution (a short question or a joke is good) or ask if you may join the group
• Get your supervisor or an existing contact to suggest people and make introductions
• Make early contact with a key person (e.g. someone on the committee, someone well established in the area) and be around when they make contact with others; ask them to make introductions” (p 190)

“Have your ‘cocktail party introductions’ (i.e. brief description of who you are and what you’re researching) worked out and ready to mind.” (p 191)

[“Following up” (p 191) …]

“• Follow up great conversations with a thank-you email” (p 191)

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