In the final part of this series, I have a few tips on what to do after a SIG event…and specifically after the SIG Summit…is over.
Summarize your notes. Take a few minutes on your plane ride home while it is still fresh in your mind and write one sentence for every breakout and general session you attended. Make sure write down the overall theme and include key takeaways. Identify any action items for you or your team and who might own them, including any speaker follow-ups. If you need a few reminders, look at the SIG twitter feed using the hashtag for that event. In the case of the fall Summit, we used #SIGFall13. Chances are that someone tweeted some of the key thoughts. The Summit is full of tangible and implementable ideas. Use them!
Schedule time to report your experience to your team. When a SIG team member attends a conference, we report back to our team, providing:
- Collateral: copies of decks, checklists, takeaways, forms, templates, tools
- Summary of lessons learned
- 5-10 new ideas / innovative approaches / topics for brown bag lunch discussions and strategy meetings
Many members have told us that they have to take turns attending the Summit, so a report-out is a great way to share your learnings and make the whole team feel like they were onsite. If you tweet while you are at the event, they can even follow you live!
Download the Summit Anthology. After every Summit the SIG Team puts together a Reader’s Digest version of the breakout session presentation decks – including the first and last slide and two or three key slides. You can present this to your team and download the full versions of every deck from the website. Click here to see our previous Summit Anthologies (members only). This is also a great tool if you had to choose between two sessions taking place at the same time.
Answer the Post-Summit Survey. Please let us know what you liked and list any opportunities for improvement – as I mentioned before, we need feedback, we love feedback, we use feedback, we revisit your feedback often!
If you have any other tips on how best to optimize your experience in attending a SIG event (or any conference), please chime in by commenting below.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in information technology and over 15 years of experience in sourcing. Mary's responsibilities as SIG include sourcing and developing content for SIG's Global Summits, researching and developing content for the SIG Resource Center (SRC), serving as a member of the SRC Thought Leaders Council and their respective working groups, managing SIG's Peer2Peer member discussions, conducting benchmarking activities, and contributing to original SIG content through newsletter and blog entries.