22 Days to go

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With so many like-minded delegates at the event it’s sure to be superb for networking and sharing ideas. So, to that end, we thought we’d give you our top tips for making the most of the event in terms of networking through social media, before it happens. 
  • Keep your eye on the Twitter hashtag #ltsig (and of course this blog). You’ll find out more about the event as it draws ever closer, and you might find others engaging in conversation about the event. 
  • Why not tweet that you are attending the event using the hashtag #ltsig  A suggested tweet could be  “Looking forward to attending YLT and #ltsig PCE on April 12th. Tweet at me if you’re going too” task management system. This will allow others to see who you are, and perhaps strike up a conversation before you arrive. Then, when you arrive, you won’t potentially be walking into a room of strangers. 
  • If you find others going to the event, have a read of their Twitter bios and their feed. See what they like and whether you can find common ground. If so, either tweet them or send them a direct message to connect. 
  • Find the LT or YLT SIGs’ Facebook page and see what’s been posted about the event. The YL SIG has created an “event”. Why not add that you’re going. It’s good to let people see you’ll be there.
  • Write on the wall of the page. Let people know that you’re looking for people to connect with. Many others may be going alone, and connecting online before the event is the perfect way to ensure that you’ll “know” one or two people when you arrive. 
In addition, why not think of some things that you’d like to find out about the other educators there. There’s nothing worse than exchanging introductions and pleasantries and then finding that you have nothing to say! A very basic question could be “what are you hoping to get out of the PCE?” or “which sessions are you most looking forward to?”. You could even ask these on social media before you arrive. You’re limited only by your imagination. 
See you online on the social networks, and in Aston in 22 days! 
[Photo taken from http://flickr.com/eltpics by @europeaantje, used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/“]
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