10 Training Tips for an Awesome ATD Techknowledge 2017

Mimeo exhibits at ATD TK Techknowledge

On January 11th, Mimeo will join 1500+ learning professionals in Las Vegas for the annual ATD TechKnowledge conference. We’ve been exhibiting for 3 years now, so here’s our pro tips to have an amazing expo:


Tip #1: Check Your ‘Tude

Arrive with a smile on your face, a question on your mind, and an attitude ready for anything. You’ll be making lots of first impressions over the next few days, so make sure you’re not the guy everyone remembers as a sourpuss.

Tip #2: Bring Your Business Cards

Make sure to have business cards on hand to give to fellow attendees, speakers you’re impressed with, and exhibitors you want to follow up with. Don’t forget your cards when you go to the post-session dinners, drinks, breakfasts, too.


Tip #3: Bring a Notebook

At some point during the conference, you are going to want to write something down. It may be what the keynote speaker says, it may be a brilliant thought you have during a boring session, it may be the major selling points of a vendor you’ve never heard of before. Whatever it is, don’t rely on the “I’ll remember to write this down when I get to my hotel room” technique. Instead, keep a notebook, tablet, or whatever notetaking device you prefer at hand.

Tip #4: Bring Your Phone Charger and a Backup Power Bank

This conference is going to drain your phone of energy faster than you can say ATD. Make sure you have backup power at hand so that you won’t miss out on any digital opportunities due to a red blinking light. And keep an eye out for fellow attendees camping out on the floor – they’ve probably found available outlets for plugging in your chargers.

Tip #5: Bring Some Conversation Starters

With 1,500 people there, you are going to talk to someone you don’t know. If that is a little daunting, get some conversation starters ready. You can find some great ones around the internet, such as The Muse’s list of 30 conversation starters.

Networking at ATD TechKnowledge TK

Tip #6: Bring Some Conversation Enders

By that same token, you’ll probably find yourself in a conversation or two that needs to end. This doesn’t even mean that the connection isn’t a good one; sometimes small talk goes on too long simply because no one knows how to end the conversation. Again, the Muse has some suggestions (and so does The Art of Manliness).

Tip #7: Wear Comfortable Shoes

ATD TK is a large event spread out across Caesar’s Palace spacious grounds. You’re going to do a lot of walking. Take care of your feet by wearing comfortable socks and shoes, and maybe bring a couple of pairs to change over the course of the conference.

Tip #8: Use the Hashtag

Talk about informal learning. The official #ATDTK hashtag will help you access conversations at the conference you’d otherwise miss, including highlights from sessions simultaneous to the one you’re sitting in. Plus, if you join in the conversation online, you’ll have an automatic network to talk to for the rest of the year.

Tip #9: Come With a Problem to Solve

The conference has dozens of sessions planned to give you food for thought, but you’ll come away much more satisfied if you enter with one or two problems in mind. Talk to your fellow attendees about how they have tackled similar situations, and source out vendors who might be able to help solve your problem. Your conversations will be richer, and you just might walk away with a load off your shoulders. The conference organizers have created this worksheet for you to outline the sessions you’ll attend and exhibitors you’ll visit to help you and your boss plan strategically, making the most of this event for your team.


Tip #10: Visit Mimeo at Booth 308!

ATD Techknowledge is about three things: learning, connections, and fun. At the Mimeo booth, you’ll get all three! This year we’re giving away a 6-month membership to the Wine of the Month Club and you can win just by playing Plinko.

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