Posted by Brad J. Ward | Posted in Conferences, Higher Education, Recruitment, Research, Speaking, Thoughts | Posted on 11-19-2008
I was fortunate enough to hit up seven conferences and several more webinars in 2008. I met a ton of great people, was filled with many ideas, and really never got off ‘the conference high’ because of the timing of them all. 2008 has been a great year for me professionally.
But there is one thing I continue to see at conference after conference.
Someone stands up to present, gives fact/stats/thoughts/theory, and people write it down and take it for what it is.
Don’t do that!!!
Yes, conferences are GREAT opportunities to learn, and there has to be some data/research/basis behind the presentation. But, there is not a ‘one solution fits all’ out there. What works for me at Butler might not work for you at your school. The methods that they are having success with might not be your best option. Their failures might be your greatest decision ever.
Conferences are great places to get ideas, but please… do your homework. Take the time to get to know your students. Your recruiting region. Do a survey. Ask students when they visit.
You’ll be much better off, and your efforts will be more fruitful.