April is here and THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013 is just around the corner. The conference is jam-packed with valuable educational and networking experiences, and it can be overwhelming to take it all in. With so much going on, it is best to prepare ahead of time to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience. Here are some useful tips to help you make the most of your time in Reno!

Review the conference programming. This may seem like a no-brainer, but read through THE Performance Improvement Conference brochure beforehand! Highlight sessions and presentations that will teach you something new and help you to grow professionally. If you have a particular interest, look at the presentations organized by track to make this process easier. Consider choosing sessions that will expand your skills and introduce you to new topics or experts you would like to meet.

Take plenty of up-to-date business cards. Even if you do not have any company business cards, you can create your own high-quality, professional business cards with a number of online printer services such as Moo or Vistaprint quickly and economically. Business cards definitely make a positive first impression, which is a plus for networking.

Make it to the conference on time. Plan your arrival and departure so you do not miss out on any of THE Conference events. The conference opening session kicks off Sunday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m., so you will want to get to the hotel with enough time to unwind before the conference starts. Also, if you are attending any of the pre-conference workshops or Sunday sessions such as the Chapter Leader Workshop or Emerging Professionals Speed Mentoring Session, double-check the schedule and plan accordingly. The last day of the conference is Wednesday, April 17, with the final session ending at 3 p.m.–you do not want your return flight to cut into any of the learning opportunities.

Make necessary reservations. Interested in the Emerging Professionals Speed Mentoring Session, Chapter Leader Workshop, or One-On-One Career Center Coaching while at THE Conference? All of these sessions are complimentary with your registration, but they require advance registration. Email info@ispi.org for more information or to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Stay at the conference hotel. Staying at the Silver Legacy Resort means more opportunities to network with other conference attendees, presenters, and leaders in the field. Considering all the networking opportunities available with performance improvement experts from around the globe at THE Conference, you will not want to miss a second of it!

Make networking a priority. Give yourself time to meet new people, make new contacts, and socialize. Make the most of social events and networking lunches like the Opening Reception and Awards Recognition Luncheon. THE Conference is also a great time to reconnect with contacts from past conferences–reach out before the conference and make plans to get together. You can also do some pre-event networking on LinkedIn, Twitter (#ISPI13), and Facebook. Start a discussion with other conference attendees and make plans to meet up at the conference to continue the conversation.

And, of course, if you haven’t already–register for THE Performance Improvement Conference!

Are you a veteran of THE Performance Improvement Conference? Share your tips and insights for having a successful conference experience with us!