In recognition of the OAUG’s 25th anniversary, here are 25 tips on how to get the most out of this major networking day.
1. Come early. You have a better chance of grabbing a great seat and getting a head start on introductions.
2. Stay late. There are always opportunities for mingling with peers and experts after and between sessions.
3. Bring plenty of business cards. Make it easy for your new acquaintances to stay in touch after the conference.
4. Come with three questions on the topic being presented. Ask yourself exactly what you would like to learn about the covered topic beforehand, and be sure those three questions are answered.
5. Share something you’ve learned. Effective networking is fueled by the give-and-take of information and knowledge.
6. Hydrate. Seriously. It keeps you energized.
7. Wear comfortable shoes. This is not a day for high heels or cowboy boots.
8. Bring a sweater. With the sheer volume of people, the Moscone Center will likely be cranking up the AC.
9. Plan your day. Meetings run from as early as 8 a.m. to as late as 4:15 p.m., and there are many meetings that overlap. Make sure you prioritize based on your areas of interest.
10. Connect in advance. If you know someone is attending, reach out prior to Sunday and plan a meet up.
11. Meet members of the OAUG Customer Support Council at the OAUG table. Find out how to amplify your voice to Oracle.
12. Meet the OAUG staff at the OAUG table and ask about the various OAUG member benefits.
13. Put your phone away. Look approachable; talk to people face to face.
14. Set a goal to meet five new people.
15. Sample a new topic. It might be the next project you cover at your company.
16. Standing in line is an opportunity. Introduce yourself to the person behind you.
17. Attend as many sessions as you can.
18. Try not to sit with just your colleagues; sit with others. The purpose of these sessions is to connect with new peers that share your similar interests.
19. Introduce yourself to the session speaker(s).
20. Visit all the users groups in the User Group Pavilion, Moscone South, throughout the week.
22. Take notes.
23. Stay in touch with the connections you make.
24. Divide and conquer. You can’t be in two places at once. If a colleague is attending User Group Sunday with you, make sure you share the sessions you plan to attend so you can make the most of the day and cover more ground.
25. Remember your colleagues back home. Bring your notes full of best practices back to them.
Take full advantage of this important day to meet like-minded peers and connect with experts willing to share their first-hand experiences and best practices. We hope to see you there.
A Guest Post by Melissa English, president of the OAUG--the world’s largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications users. For more information, visit the OAUG’s website at oaug.org.