Around Australia there are business conferences and workshops that take place each year. They are especially popular in the cities of Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Conferences play an important role for businesses, but they can get a lot more out of them if they think it through prior to attending. 

Some conferences can be quite expensive to attend, making many companies wonder if it is worth the investment. The attendees usually have the conference fee, travel expenses, and time away from the office. But the good news is there are ways to help offset those costs so you get more out of the experience. Here are 5 ways that businesses can get a greater return from attending business conferences: 

  • Name badges. One of the best ways to get more out of a business conference is to opt for name badges. Whether you are company that is putting the conference on, or you are one that is attending, it is important that people wear name badges. The name badges will help to make a more professional and friendlier atmosphere. Name badges will help to get attendees feeling friendlier, more professional, and help break down barriers to starting conversations.
  • Think ads. You can up your return on investment of attending a business conference by having an ad on your name badges. This can be an ad for your own company, so you are using as a marketing tool, or it can be for another company. If you are using name badge holder that offers space where an ad can be printed you may want to seek a sponsor. By having a sponsor print a small ad on the back side of the insert you can help to offset your conference expenses, thus getting more out of your return on investment of attending.
  • Network more. One of the main reasons that people attend business conferences is so that they can network more. This makes it crucial that you are bold and take the risks associated with networking. This is no time to be shy. Look for the name badges that people are likely going to be wearing and then use that as a way to break the ice. Get the conversation started and you will find that networking is not as difficult as it may seem.
  • Present. Another way you can get more out of a business conference is to become a presenter. Rather than just attending the conference you may want to become a speaker or give a presentation. This will help establish you and your company as experts in the field, making the return far greater for attending. If you are interested in presenting at a conference let the organization know that is hosting it. 

Conferences can be a great investment for all types of businesses. Each year there are companies that attend and host them around Australia. But there are simple ways to get more out of being involved, including those methods listed above. If you choose only one of these, make it a point to wear name badges. You will see how quickly name badges make it easier to network, create a friendlier and more professional atmosphere, and help you get more out of your investment in attending. Name badges are one of the greatest tools that are included in conferences around the country!

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Simon