This is the eighth post in a series of weekly blog posts with tips to get the most out of translation industry events (click here to see a full list of previous posts). As explained in the first part, tips are grouped into “before the event”, “during the event” and “after the event” for easy reference. Please feel free to post below and share your tip(s)!
After the event
Tip 8: share your feedback
So, the event is over. You are on your way to the airport, the bus station, the parking lot, or you are already home, and you have all these new ideas, and people’s names, and plans. With the conference badge still hanging from your neck, you remember some of the concepts that were discussed during presentations and the great time you had over dinner with colleges. You know your investment paid off. Well, now is the time to let others know what you think of the event, how you feel, what you learned and how much fun you had. Why? For many reasons:
- Sharing your feedback on presentations will not only be a nice gesture towards those who gave them (i.e. speakers) and help them to know what you think, what you’ve learned and even improve upon their presentation for future events, but also encourage other attendees to do the same. Be it positive or negative feedback, all adds to the speaker’s experience and to attendees’ knowledge.
- Sharing your general feedback on the event (event organization, timing, meals, etc.) will let the organizer know how their efforts turned out. It takes a lot of time, patience and creativity to organize a great event. If you had a good time and you are going home having learned something new, let the organizer know. Organizers will appreciate your feedback after working for months on an event that, for them, was over before they couldn’t even notice.
- Sharing photos and videos is also a good way of reinforcing the true sense of community that is fostered during an event, and will also encourage others to do the same. Eventually, anyone can go back to those pictures and videos, see who attended, remember names and decide to attend a future event.
If you have never organized and event, you should know that there are more people and hours involved than you think. From event organizers to speakers, from sponsors to assistants, from designers to venue personnel, everyone has a lot of responsibilities and works hard so that you can just sit, learn, network and have fun. So if you are satisfied with an event you attended, take a couple of minutes and let all these people know (use the event hashtag on Twitter or Facebook, or just send them an email). All of those involved will appreciate it.
Do you share feedback on events you attend?
The next part in this series will suggest tips to keep in touch with attendees via email and social networks. Stay tuned!