Attending conferences can be an excellent way to learn new skills and support your professional development, but it's not as easy as just showing up! There's preparation and strategy involved in getting the most out of these events.

So, this week we've gathered some of the best advice from around the web on attending conferences—the right way.

  • Learn the easiest way to get the most out of any conference. (Medium)
  • If you're new to the conference rodeo, this guide for beginners will walk you through the basics of what you need to know. (QuickSprout)
  • If you're pretty seasoned in the conference circuit, this guide will help you take your conference-attending to the next level. (Scott Berkun)
  • Use these tips to attend a conference productively. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • And make sure you're getting the most value out of the event for your company and your team. (TopRank Blog)
  • If you're helping out at the conference, make sure you know how to introduce a speaker well. (Six Minutes)
  • Or how to moderate a panel like a pro. (HBR)
  • Make sure you're making the most of all those business cards you're collecting. (POPSUGAR)
  • Want more? Check out some of our great articles on attending a conference!

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    Photo of people at a conference courtesy of Shutterstock.