Summarizing My Thoughts After Presenting at Two National Conferences
In this episode, I discuss some of the highlights of my experience sharing my research at two different national conferences. There are so many things I’d love to go into, but instead I focus on some action points that will hopefully motivate you to plan to attend your first meeting, or take your meetings to the next level if you are already actively attending your association’s annual conference. If you have not done so already, please listen to the last episode, where I discussed some of the benefits of membership in public health associations.
As a student or recent graduate, I emphatically believe that becoming actively involved in a public health association can help you prepare and advance your career. As a mid- or senior-level profession, there are great opportunities for you to continue your career growth and development, as well as mentoring, guiding, and helping others who are the next generation of public health leaders.
Included in this episode:
Planning is important. Attending two national conferences back to back was exhausting, although I was honored to have both of my abstracts accepted.
Conference agenda and schedule needs careful consideration. Don’t obsess over every meeting in your primary focus area only. Instead, look for opportunities to compliment what you know and learn something new.
Be flexible and open. Opportunities are absolutely everywhere, and can easily be missed!
Conferences are a tremendous networking opportunity. Be prepared to connect.
Take good notes at the meetings, and make a good plan to follow up and take action afterwards.
There is something for everyone at the conferences: students, early career professionals, mid-career professionals, and senior level professionals. We can all learn from one another and there is always room to improve, grow, and develop new skills.
Learning about the newest and latest research can often spark innovation and inspire new ideas.
Below are some pictures from our trip to Washington, DC to present at The Obesity Society conference, and our trip to Atlanta, GA to present at the American Public Health Association annual meeting. Hover over or click on the photos to read the description and captions.