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Re: Etiquette for conference attendees


Date: Tue Nov 11 2003 - 09:51:14 PST

I recently went to and presented at to very different conferences in my
state. At one conference, there was no preregistration for workshops. There were
"ticketed" workshops and if you wanted to go to a ticketed workshop you had to
get there and stand in line at 7 AM and you could only go to one ticketed

For my workshop at the first conference I was initally told there could be
50-75 people. In terms of handouts, I was told to bring at least 50. There
ended up being 5 people at my presenation and I had prepared packets for 50.

At my second workshop, the following week, you had to preregister for the
workshops. I had a list of people attending, knew if they were from middle or
ele or high school and where they were from. There were 20 folks at my second
workshop and it was really wonderful. I had brought about 35 packets and let
folks take the extras. A very different experience.

With regard to being an attendee at both these conferences, I found the first
one to feel disorganized and most of the presenations were not relevant to
what I was interested in. Also, there were tons of vendors....with NO
FREEBIES!!!! hahah So no one could swipe all of them away. I think I ended up with
a mouse pad and a trial disk for some program. At the second conference, I
was too busy to even make it to the vendors, but got lots of cool freebies

I guess I would just say, that for conference organizers it is certainly
easier to not have to pre-register for workshops. Also as most of the folks who
organize the conferences are volunteers....I would certainly not want their job
to be more difficult than it is. However, as both a presenter and an
attendee, I found the conference where I had to pre-register the more rewarding and
beneficial experience. Although I am using things I learned from both
conferences in my classroom right now.

Just my two cents!