3. Have a Learner Mindset
Take advantage of the opportunity in front of you with a learner mindset. Even if we are deeply set in our practice area, we can always learn more. There are new trends to discover, different practice types to consider, and more to learn. Soak up the opportunity to learn. Truly listen and take notes. Avoid the temptation to power up your computer and respond to work messages. If you are willing to be present and have a learner mindset, you will take away much more from the experience.
4. Find at Least One Thing That Personally Energizes You
Burnout is a common enemy that many women in the practice of law have to intentionally work to avoid. While you are away from your office, be intentional about finding at least one activity that personally energizes you. Do you love to work out? Find time to take a jog around a new city. Do you like exploring new cities? Stay an extra day to explore the sites. Would a few hours at the spa, chatting over wine with new friends, or alone time in your room with a good book fill you up? Be purposeful about putting at least one thing on your calendar during the conference that’s just for you. It is with renewed energy that you will be able to be at your best.
5. Follow Up
Take advantage of the momentum you will feel after connecting with your colleagues in person. Ask yourself these questions: Who did I meet that I could offer to share resources with? Who should I connect with on LinkedIn or by setting a follow up meeting to discuss how we can help each other? What did I learn that I can bring back to my firm and share with others? What were my key takeaways for my own practice?
Keeping these five tips in mind will help you make the most of attendance at an in-person meeting. And, if you are looking for a good conference to attend, I highly recommend attending the Women in Litigation Conference that the ABA Section of Litigation hosts. It is always a fabulous gathering.