I am trying to get back on the Friday Fun Facts bike. My Fun Facts will be about conferencing.
- I started attending academic conferences when I was an undergrad. One of my mentors was supportive and shared that I needed to get used to presenting my work and the entire conference experience.
- My first terrible conference experience was at an APSA. I was a grad student and the discussant was unpleasant to the entire panel. I listened and learned and have taken my discussant role seriously. I am thoughtful and supportive.
- Once I earned my PhD, I always made sure that I took a grad student out to breakfast or dinner at a conference. And, I always introduce grad students to my network. I know what it is like to feel like an outsider in the at times clique-ish academic environment.
- If I see poor behavior by a discussant at a conference, I contact the conference organizers. I will not be a bystander to someone needlessly being an ass to people. See number 2. I will usually respond to the colleague who is not using a filter.
- I have multiple copies of my presentation and travel with my own dongles/connectors. I learned the hard way and have become very agile and ready to present my talk.
- I often invite a student or more junior colleague to present with me on a panel or round-table.
Hope these six, fast facts are useful. Share your conference facts! Sharing an image from Twitter. I love this mug.