CASE Europe Annual Conference

Our alumni market research arm, alumnus, will be attending the CASE Europe Annual Conference, at Manchester Central, from August 31 - Sept. 4 2015.

Come and meet the team at stand 41, or get in touch with us for a brief chat:

CASE Europe Annual Conference

Left to right:

Julie Rundall - email, Alexandre Tatry-Gautier, Sharon Nichols - email, Kate Slater - email, Charlotte Hamilton - email.

 

CASE: our 5 top tips on how to best prepare for the conference

Making the most of a conference takes some preparation, and the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2015 is no exception. This year’s event promises to be bustling with lots of people to speak to and keynotes to attend, so planning in advance can help make the difference between an exhausting 3-day marathon and a rich and insightful get together. Here are our 5 top tips to do just that:

Tip#1 Study the programme of the conference before you go

Tip#2 Be open minded

Tip#3 Take part in the discussion

Tip#4 Don’t forget your business cards

Tip#5 Leave some space in your travel bag

 

Tip#1 Study the programme of the conference before you go

Make sure you are aware of all the sessions and plenaries before arriving on the day. Study what’s on offer and pick the presentations and workshops you will attend before travelling to Manchester. This year’s event has plenty to satisfy your needs, but decide which keynotes you’d like to see before you get to the conference, or you might miss the one keynote you were hoping for in the rush of the moment. For example, did you know that CASE is also running an extensive pre-conference full-day event on August 31 for newcomers and professionals, who are eager to start the conference…? Last but not least, prepare and print your own plans with all the information you need (times, places, people…): it’ll make your life so much easier!

Be sure to attend Alan Kennedy’s presentation on Thursday 3rd September at 10:30 called Maximising the Contribution of Alumni Relations to Fundraising and Volunteering. He is the Director of Supporter Engagement at the University of Nottingham and will be showcasing some elements of our alumni market research offer, alumnus, and the impact it has had on the University’s alumni outreach strategy.

View the full programme of the conference on CASE’s website here

Tip#2 Keep an open mind

Whatever your agenda is for the 3+ days of the conference, try and leave some room for the unplanned. The conference is a fantastic place to reunite with colleagues, clients and partners, and will be a place where curiosity is rewarded with lots of interesting people to meet and things to participate in.. So please keep an open mind and enjoy all that the delegates and exhibitors have to offer: most of the time you won’t regret it!

Come and meet us on stand 41 – we’ll be there for the whole duration of the conference.

Tip#3 Take part in the discussion

Be active during the conference, grab any opportunity to add to the conversation and search for answers. Don’t forget the power of social media - follow the conference’s twitter feed by using #ceac15. It will also be valuable to follow the conference organiser on Twitter too, @CASE_Europe, and exhibitors such as @DJS_alumnus! You’d be amazed how many insights are shared between the community of delegates during the event - some may really be worth your while!

Follow @DJS_alumnus to keep up-to-date with all the hot topics of the conference!

Tip#4 Don’t forget your business cards

The CASE conference is also a excellent opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from around the world. According to this year’s delegate list, more than 1,100 people are planning to attend the conference - that’s a lot of chances to come across someone from an organisation you may be interested in! If name badges can save one from the embarrassment of forgetting a previous acquaintance’s name, business cards can really help seal the deal on future relationships (and who knows, even future jobs or business opportunities…). So keep your business cards handy, don’t shy away and share them around.

Look out for our team members on stand 41 and elsewhere in the convention centre – see the team to look out for above!

Tip#5 Leave some space in your travel bag

Travelling to a conference often involves packing light to make the journey on trains, planes, buses and taxis a bit less of an adventure. Nevertheless, as conferences still haven’t turned completely paperless, you are most likely to come back with a few additional pounds of collateral in your bags, starting with all the notes you took during sessions to share with your colleagues who did not get the chance to make the trip. So make sure you keep some extra room in your luggage for these!

At the very least you’ll be able to accommodate the lovely cuddly toy we will be giving away to delegates visiting our stand 41. We won’t say more, but it will certainly add to your good memories of this year’s CASE conference!

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