How to Attend the Perfect Conference" which touched on how to make sure you fulfill your research needs at a conference.
But there's been something about attending conferences that won't let go of me. When I attend a conference it's wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. But I am always bothered that I never really have the time to connect with certain people. And I would like to have more conversations. I mean actual conversations not just the two minute meet and greet between talks.
For instance, Denise Levenick, the author of The Family Curator blog, came all the way from California to attend the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. Despite the fact that we were at the same conference for at least three days we never managed to connect. I think part of the reason was that we were staying in different hotels. Regardless, I was very disappointed at not being able to meet her. And unfortunately I probably won't be heading to California anytime soon.
So how can I fix my problem of not being able to get real face time with other genealogists? I'm looking for suggestions to hear what other people do. The best opportunities I had for talking with seemed to be at meal time. I did get to talk with a number of my colleagues at dinner which was nice. But it wasn't really enough because many of the folks I dined with were colleagues that I see quite regularly in New England. I love them dearly but I know I'll be able to talk with them throughout the year.
How do you make a point of connecting with folks at a conference? Do you go so far as scheduling appointments? Either time for coffee, meals or just plain old meetings?
If I could solve this problem I think I could say that I really attended the perfect conference.