Mediabistro’s Conference Survival Guide

If you’re about to hit South By Southwest, or any hectic conference, you could benefit from a little advance planning. Mediabistro has created a guide to help you get the most out of your attendance. First on the list is to SET SPECIFIC GOALS:

“It’s important to know what you want to gain from a conference,” says Melissa Fireman, a Washington, D.C.-based career counselor, and founder of Washington Career Services. “I know that sounds basic, but you have to be very specific about your goals. If networking is a goal, what specifically are you networking for?” Write down your goals, print out the schedule and attendee list ahead of time, and take the planning process seriously, Fireman says.

Check out the full guide here.