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**This is going to be a three part article.  As I started writing, it became evident that certain areas like nutrition and alcohol needed their own spotlight.  


So, this is Part 1- General Tips to Surviving Your Work Conference/Convention!


To outsiders, work conferences and conventions sound like the greatest fucking thing on earth.  Take a break from the daily grind for a few days, travel to an exotic city like Las Vegas or Miami, and party like a rock star on your company's dime.  "What do you mean you're going to Vegas for work bro?  You are the luckiest person ever!"

However, for anyone who has actually participated in these events knows this is far from the truth.  The partying/wine and dine sessions are only a small part of the trip.  One word comes to mind to describe these mega events- exhausting.  Here's what a typical day looks like for most large companies (this is actually the agenda from my conference the week of 1/25/16):

06:00 am - 07:20 am     Breakfast
07:30 am - 11:20 am     Business Sessions 
11:20 am - 12:20 pm     Lunch
12:30 pm - 04:20 pm     Business Sessions 
05:00 pm - 06:00 pm     Open Time (gee thanks!)
06:00 pm - 06:45 pm     Cocktail Hour
07:00 pm - 10:00 pm     Dinner
10:00 pm - ?????????       Bar

The next day, breakfast starts at 06:30 am and repeat!

As you can see, that agenda is absolutely busting at the seams with activities.  Basically 2, 4 hour business sessions with minimal breaks during those hours.  It makes sense though- companies have a rare opportunity with all their employees/resources together at once so time has to be maximized.  What ends up happening though is the days kind of just roll into one another and you never get a chance to rest/recover to be at your best.  I even remember a few years where a bunch of co workers got sick when they got home, probably from pure exhaustion. 
 
I have enough conferences under my belt where I have a pretty good handle, through trial and error, on what to do and what not to do.  A survival guide of tips and tricks as some would call it. 

Without further ado, here is my Work Conference/Convention Survival Guide!  If you go on these trips, you definitely want to stay tuned for the next few weeks.  Follow me on instagram (@theshreddedsalesman) for updates.

General Tips:

Arrive Early
If your conference starts on Wednesday, fly in on Tuesday.  The extra cost for a hotel room is well worth it.  If you get to town the same day the conference begins, that probably means waking up super early to catch a flight and rushing to make the first session.  You are essentially pre-exhausting yourself for the rest of the trip and as you can see from the agenda above, there is really no time to rest and recover.  Coming in early allows for a golden opportunity to get 8 hours of sleep and relax so you perform optimally at your conference.

Working Out
Personally, I stopped trying to workout on these type of trips.  The travel beats you down and my lifts reflect that.  However, I do make sure to still burn calories.  You may not realize it but you will actually be doing a significant amount of walking at these events anyway.  In addition to that, I like to walk for 45-60 minutes each day which will burn as many calories as lifting weights or running a few miles.  

Hydration
Drinking plenty of water (at a minimum half your body weight in ounces if sedentary and much more if active) is important normally but even more so on trips.  The dry cabin air on a plane pulls any available moisture from your body thus leading to dehydration.  Moving to the hotel, they do a poor job of making water available so you will naturally be drinking less.  Throw in the higher than normal alcohol consumption and you are a dehydrated mess.  So, buy two of those large Smart Water or Fiji bottles at the airport, drink one on the plane and chug the other when you land.  Buy two more bottles either at the hotel or a convenience store.  That gives you about 1 gallon of water for the day which is plenty.  For the remaining days, drink as much water as you can tolerate when you wake up and make sure to include water in all your meals throughout the day and you'll be fine.

Part 2 and 3 will be focused on what most people struggle with at work events- nutrition and alcohol. 

 


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08/07/2017 1:49pm

Work conference can be exhausting, especially if you don't like your co-workers. This usually takes hours to finish so you have to make sure that you are ready for it. Instead of sulking, you should use this opportunity to be able to meet people and make lots of connections. When it comes to the corporate world, connections are important because you never know when you'll need help when you are faced with a work problem. Meeting other business people will allow you to build a good reputation and image so that in the future, they can recommend you to other people and they may even do business with you.

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02/08/2017 11:11pm

I've been to a conference like this twice and I can relate to your story that it's actually draining! The thought that this two to three day-conference has the same routine makes me feel lazy, but at the same time, it'll make you informed. I encourage everyone to attend an event like this at least once in your lives. I know it's somehow boring, but you'll gain a lot of knowledge and experience from it!

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