On Twitter, ASA (@ASAnews) asked sociologists to share their advice for first-time attendees to the Annual Meeting. Our awesome followers gave some great advice. Below I briefly summarize the tips and include some sample tweets. Thanks to all who participated and shared. In the comments, please share your own advice or questions.
- Don’t read your presentation, keep it brief. (See more tips here and here)
- Don’t rely on PowerPoint.
- Take advantage of sections (receptions, business meeting, sessions).
- Be friendly. Talk to people you have never met, even the “big names”.
- Make attending presentations a learning experience.
- Get out into the city.
- Prep for job interviews. Using Employment Service? Have a 30-second research blurb ready. (for more advice see this Footnotes article and this Scatterplot post).
- Use the program to plan out your schedule based on interests and obligations.
- Interested in getting published? Go to exhibit hall and connect with publishers.
- Wear comfortable shoes (and a bow tie on Saturday).
- Get out of your comfort zone.Try sessions that are out of your area of interest.
- Go to thematics; they’re designed to spark a conversation.
- It’s ok to take a break; pace yourself.
@ASAnews beyond the finished products, go to sessions to learn about the process and development of the work (why outside your area is good)
— Philip N. Cohen (@familyunequal) August 11, 2015
@ASAnews Go to random sessions you know NOTHING about. You will learn way more in those sessions than from the ones containing your friends
— Kevin Haggerty (@kevindhaggerty) August 12, 2015
.@ASAnews Prep for your employment service interview like it’s a real interview, because it is. A few of my job talks came from it.
— Kay Marie (@KayMarie_Chi) August 12, 2015
— Lisa Wade, PhD (@lisawade) August 12, 2015