AASL Post: How to Make a Game Plan for Your Next Conference

How to Make a Game Plan for Your Next Conference | Going to a major conference is exciting and thrilling, but it's easy to get overwhelmed and exhausted. If you plan ahead and make a game plan, you're much more likely to have an awesome and successful conference.

Click on over to AASL Knowledge Quest to read the full post, or scroll down to get the summary:

Going to a national conference can be exciting and thrilling. Unfortunately, it can also be overwhelming and exhausting. I’ve been to ISTE three times, AASL once, and FETC seven times, so I’ve had to time to work on my conference game. Trust me, if you plan ahead, you can make your conference experience SO much better.

I LOVE going to conferences, and I’ve been lucky to get to go to a lot of them.  My first couple times, I was woefully unprepared, hungry and dehydrated all the time, and went to WAY more sessions than my brain could handle.  Learn from my mistakes.

How to Make a Game Plan for Your Next Big Conference

In my post over on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share lessons I’ve from attending major conferences.  Whether your next one is as big as ISTE or ALA, or is a smaller local state event, these tips can help you to have a much better experience.

Click on over to learn about why you should:

  • Plan out your schedule
  • Let go of FOMO
  • Know your transportation options
  • Stay hydrated and fueled
  • Suck it up and wear a backpack
  • Embrace serendipity

And if you want to check out some similar posts I’ve written, click over to these:


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

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