Conferences for Introverts
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Conferences for Introverts

Stop looking at your shoes and thrive in the world optimized for the other half

About the Book

Being around people sucks! Yet, attending conferences and other social gatherings advances my career forward, widens my network, and forms new great friendships. If that’s what you think, this book is for you.

We will cover ways to optimize your experience, attitude, and results of attending any professional social event as an introvert

About the Author

Alan Mendelevich
Alan Mendelevich

Alan Mendelevich has been developing software for a living for more than 15 years. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Development. Alan has delivered talks on app development, marketing and monetization at multiple events in the US, UK, Scandinavia, Baltics, Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. In early 2011 Alan founded AdDuplex – a cross-promotion network for Windows apps – where he serves as CEO to this day.

Via his involvement with developer community for over a decade he collected insights on software development, startups, and related topics. He is happy to share what he has learned on his blog at and on Twitter @ailon.

Table of Contents

  • Why would you want to go to a conference?
    • Why are you going there?
  • Before you go
    • Research, follow and engage speakers
    • Research the location
    • Research extracurricular activities
    • Write down and learn your elevator pitch
    • Prepare talking points
    • Do you have a conference buddy?
  • Travel tips
    • Fighting jetlag
  • Stay where speakers stay
    • How I benefited from staying at “speaker hotels.”
    • How to figure out where speakers are staying
    • What if I can’t figure out the speaker hotel or can’t stay there for other reasons?
  • Managing expectations
    • You will be disappointed
    • The key to post-conference happiness
  • Default to Yes
    • How I refused to dine with Scott Hanselman
    • Default to Yes
  • Take breaks
    • Retreat to your hotel for a while
    • Do some work in a hallway
    • Go to sessions
  • Meals
    • Pass a plate
    • Sit at a crowded table
    • Note dietary preferences
  • Dress Code
    • My name is…
    • Wear your colors
    • Enhance your badge
    • Be yourself
  • Media
    • Know how they look
    • Twitter is your everything
    • Pressroom
    • Live recordings, meetups and side events
  • Speak at Conferences
    • Speaking at conferences gives you the best ROI.
    • Where do I start?
    • One way to cheat for a similar effect
    • What about stage fright?
    • Best public speaking advice I ever got
  • Once you return home
    • Follow-up
    • Turn negative into positive
    • Reflect and leave the door open
  • Summary
  • Appendix
  • The Secret to Beautiful Presentations
    • You suck, but your slides rock
    • Enter Stock Photos
  • Ode to Twitter
    • What spending the whole day on Twitter can do for you?
    • And the moral of the story is…
  • What’s next?
  • About the author
  • Notes

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