A snap from the Reunion Tower in
Dallas, TX taken February 5th, 2017.
by Katie Yeaton
Conferences are a great time to network and learn from great presentations, but they are also an awesome excuse to explore a new city. This past weekend I attended the Golden Key Dallas 2017 Summit and had a wonderful time talking with people from all different majors, careers, and life experiences. On top of the wonderful experience I had during the planned event, I had a fantastic time exploring the city by myself and with new friends. If there is one piece of advice I can give to folks headed to a conference, it would be to enjoy your time there, but also enjoy your exploring time. Even if a conference is being hosted in your town, take this chance as an opportunity to learn something new. Look at your town through a tourist’s perspective, be curious and take a break from your everyday routine.
For me, exploring a city is a way to process, reflect, and digest everything I experience at a conference. It’s also my way to energize and feel motivated to stay awake for long days. So for your next conference, I want you to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. Attend a program that is outside of your normal interest area, set a networking goal for yourself to meet five new people on the first day of conference, and challenge yourself to take a step back to digest everything. Be curious and be adventurous. Meet new people and take the time to explore because you never know what you may find.