Top 10 Tips for Attending OpenWorld

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Oracle’s OpenWorld is a great opportunity for you and your company- but how do you get the most out of it? We here at SFCG have a few tips to help ensure that your staff gets the most out of the experience. 10) Figure out why you are going Going to OpenWorld takes a lot out of you physically as well as being an investment in both time and money; so make sure you know WHY you’re doing it! Here at SFCG we’re big fans of SMART goals. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.) For example instead of saying you’re going to network with people, say you’re going to network with at least 10 Oracles Reps who specialize in Eloqua and work in the Northwest region. Knowing why you’re going will help greatly with #9 9) Prioritize OpenWorld has a whole lot of things going on at once and it can be overwhelming trying to see everything. Read the conference agenda thoroughly, (available at and select the events that best help you fulfill your SMART goals. Once you’ve figured your ‘must do’ list, you can fill in any available time slots with your ‘like to’ list. Be sure to leave enough time to get from one event to another without sprinting and give yourself enough time to grab a bite to eat. 8) Participate Ask questions, make comments, and get involved. Becoming an active participant makes the show better for you and everyone else. An insightful question during a Q&A can make an impression on everyone there and might help folks who have a question but are too shy to ask. 7) Take care of yourself Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, don’t forget to eat, and use hand sanitizer whenever you can. (If you’re doing it right you’re going to be shaking a lot of hands and those hands will have been shaking a lot of hands and so on and so on; sanitizer is a must.) By taking care of yourself during the show, you’ll have a better experience at the show and be able to get right back to work after. 6) Connect your team ahead of time If you’re going with a group, get everyone connected ahead of time with a group messaging service like Facebook Messenger, GroupMe, or Line. This will allow you to hit the ground running and still be able to keep everyone coordinated and connected. 5) Avoid Autopilot Making connections at an event like OpenWorld can be challenging at the best of times as everyone there is busy, but don’t fall into the trap of hastily reciting the same prepared elevator pitch to everyone you meet. The idea is to start a conversation, not make a presentation. Listen to the other person, be yourself, and (as hard as it is) force yourself to slow down. If you don’t have time to say everything you want to right then, that’s what the follow up is for! Speaking of… 4) ALWAYS follow up I’ve worked in the past with folks who came back from shows with a stack of business cards 6 inches high who then set the cards in a drawer to wait for the next spring cleaning. This is such a lost opportunity. When you get back to the office, send a ‘nice to meet you’ email that reminds them of who you are and why they liked you in the first place. You’ve made the connection, so now build on it! 3) Wear Comfortable Shoes I know this is a basic one, but you’d be surprised how often I’ve seen people miss this. You’re going to be on your feet and walking from event to event pretty much all week, so make sure your shoes are up to the task. Comfortable, broken in shoes with inserts can be the difference between a good show and a miserable death march so plan ahead. 2) Pace Yourself There’s so much to do and so many people to meet that you can easily fall into the trap of running yourself ragged trying to do everything- and as a result of trying to do everything, you end up doing nothing well. Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Just accept that you’re not going to be able to do everything- but since you already prioritized what you need to do, you can be a bit more relaxed about what you can do (which will help you get the most out of those things.) 1) Don’t forget to have fun Yes, it’s a work function and we’re all there for business reasons, but that’s no reason not to enjoy yourself. We’re all getting to visit a beautiful city and spend a week with awesome people who have interests similar to ours. If you remember to enjoy yourself, you’ll smile more and be more relaxed- and relaxed, smiling people enjoying themselves are the types who others WANT to meet and hang out with.