Five Smart Ways to Maximize Your Conference Badge

Don’t just attend the sessions at your next conference — use your badge to make the most of your time.

Most conference badges are really just a pocket + a lanyard and even the simplest badges usually have room to stash stuff behind your name tag. Fancier badges often have a large pocket for a schedule.

Follow the easy steps below to rock your badge.

1. Fold It

Fold your schedule and put it in the back pocket facing toward you for easy viewing. That way you can always see what is coming up.

2. Wear It!

Risk looking uncool and wear your badge! Make sure your name is showing.

Be brave and wear your badge outside the hotel. Other attendees will be able to spot you and some local businesses will give discounts when you show your badge.

I was happy to see lots of folks wearing their badges outside of the hotel at the NAGW conference in Kansas City. It made it very easy to spot kindred spirits 😀

3. Pocket It

Stash your room key, business cards and banquet tickets in the pocket.

You acquire a lot of stuff at a conference — keep the important things hanging hands-free around your neck.

4. Write It

Grab a swag pen and attach it to your badge. Write follow up notes on the business cards you collect. I also write the connecting piece or information or the follow up I promised. Then when I return from a conference I have a stack of to dos.

5. Follow Up

Take photos or scan the cards using an app on your smart phone and add them to your contacts. Add any follow up items to your to do list (I add mine to Evernote).

6. Recycle It

Many conferences allow you to turn in your badge for use next year. Turn it in or, if you plan to attend again next year, bring it back and use it again.

I was a bit nostalgic this year and kept my badge, even though there was an opportunity to recycle it.

That’s it, five…err…six smart ways to maximize your conference badge. Happy networking!

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Andrew Krzmarzick

An app that scans business cards? Brilliant! I am downloading CamCard Lite right now.

(P.S. Awesome to see you in Kansas City, Susan!)

Susan Christophersen

I haven’t tried CamCard Lite, but the past I have used the Prizmo app. You can also just launch the Google app and use Google Goggles to scan the card, OCR and add to your contacts. If you don’t have a smart phone, or don’t want to download an app, just take a photo of the card for later reference. Happy networking!

(P.S. Great to see you too Andy! Thanks for your awesome preconference session!)