DR. E. CAROL WEBSTER’S
MAKE THE MOST OF CONFERENCES
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2014
It’s that time of year to attend professional conferences and conventions. There are plenty of great choices out there, so consider those that will boost your career and your practice. But don’t just attend willy-nilly. Plan a strategy for what you want to accomplish while you’re there and who you want to meet so that your trip is worth your time and expense.
Who Do You Need to Meet?
The first order of business is to determine who you NEED to meet while you’re at the convention. If you’re in the early stages of building and branding your practice, try to meet with those who have thriving businesses so you can learn from them. If you’re beyond the basics and have been in practice for a while now, try to connect with those who may be inclined to help spread the word about you and refer patients and colleagues. This is fairly easy to do. The problem is that people like to refer to people they know, so view these initial contacts as opportunities for others to learn about you.
Who Do You Want to Meet?
After meeting the people that you NEED to meet, use the rest of your time to meet those you WANT to meet. They may be high profilers in your field, or those who represent a range of your interests in psychology. These folks may be very stimulating and exhilarating to you, but may never be helpful to your career. And that’s OK. Enjoy the time spent with them, get their autographs, and then call it a day.
Once you have met all the folks you need and want to meet, be sure to follow up! It’s not enough just to spend time with them. You have to follow up. Send “It was so nice to meet you” notes. Call them on the phone. Understand that it’s not enough just to meet people. Connect with them in some way once the event is over. Hopefully you have collected their business cards. Take the liberty to send them information about you and your practice so that if they are so inclined, they will share the information with others. At a minimum, enclose a couple of business cards.
Take advantage of this time of year to connect with others at professional meetings and conventions. It’s a great opportunity to network with folks you wouldn’t get to meet otherwise, so let them know about you and the great things you’re doing in your practice!
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About the Author:
Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,
The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at http://drcarolwebster.com or call 954.797.9766.
E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
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