Questions tagged [conferences]

A conference is an official networking event where attendees meet to gain and share knowledge about a particular area or topic and those vendors who attend, educate the attendees on the goods and services .they offer in that field.

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Invited to give talk but want to refuse

I'm currently WFH and I feel a bit embarrassed about how tentative I have been about returning to normal life (which is largely due to my elderly father and girlfriend, whom I both live with, being ...
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How can I leave a research Job before my patent and papers are published?

I have been working for a company for 2 years and 2 months part-time during my master's (my thesis was related to the company) and 6 months full-time after graduation. A total of 3 years and 8 months. ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask non direct reporting colleagues to attend specific sessions at industry conference?

Next week, I , my team members, and several others in our company's cybersecurity organization will be attending a major virtual security conference from ISC 2 sponsor. I looked over the conference ...
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Going to a conference with a manager who has a history of skipping out on talks

A few years ago I did a developer conference with some coworkers, my manager included, and my manager and a senior developer decided not to attend any of the talks and just goof off instead. I, ...
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What should be my reaction to my supervisors' small child showing up during a video conference?

When I have video conference with my supervisors during pandemic, it happens often that her/his child would e.g. barge into the room or he/she appear in the video with his/her child in his/her arm. He/...
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How to applaud in a teleconference?

Suppose a work culture/environment where, in an in-person meeting, if a presenter does a good job, other attendees express appreciation with applause/clapping. Suppose now that the same meeting ...
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Refusing to go on a company-paid event

I’ve been with this company for almost two years now, and every now and then, they send all of their devs on an event of their choosing, with all expenses (except food related) paid by them. They have ...
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Improve conference/meeting scribing skills

How do I improve my scribing skills at conferences or meetings? I can copy down every word but that makes up a document that is tedious to read by executives. I've seen examples and those scribers ...
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Last-minute canceled work-trip means I'll lose thousands of dollars on planned vacation

My company was supposed to be doing a conference next week in NYC. Over the past few months, I had been given multiple assurances that the conference would take place. I bought my own plane ticket and ...
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Structure for client visit

we have a very important client visiting our office. One key aspect of this visit is the client’s desire to interact with our staff at all levels, ask questions, understand what they are working on ...
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Hiring at industry events in cybersecurity

On the information security team at my company where I currently work, we have several critical / urgent roles we are looking to fill, amongst including a senior security architect, several senior ...
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Resign immediately after attending work sponsored conference & business trip?

I have tickets (flight, hotel, conference) booked and confirmed for a conference I'll be attending in two weeks. But I'll have to hand in my notice immediately after the conference is over because I'...
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How to convey the message that I prefer not use webcam during meetings, if not really necessary?

I have started working on a project several months ago and suddenly our Product Owner is insisting on using webcams during our weekly virtual meetings. Both me and my colleague that do most of the ...
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What if I don't have earbuds for my online interview?

I'm doing an online interview soon and they requested I use earbuds. I don't have any and I don't have the money or gas to go out and buy some. I do have access to larger headphones, big clunky ones ...
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Driving the skype meetings, speaking effectively in skype meetings [closed]

I am a decent speaker but in a Skype conference call, I often stay quiet. Also when there are meetings with upper management I remain quiet. What are some of the good tips to speak in Skype meetings, ...
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I was offered to speak at a conference -- but it was supposed to be my colleague instead

Obviously posting from an alt-account and going to leave details out so I don't give myself away. I was offered to give a talk at my industry's leading conference. The catch is that my team has ...
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Responding to trivial and constant affirmation in a telephonic conference

My team and I (supervisor) have to attend a telephonic conference once in a week with another team located in a different country. The agenda is usually sharing updates of each other's work and trying ...
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Mentioning about a exhibition on CV

Recently, I participated as an exhibitor at an Internet-of-Things (IoT) Tech Expo in Amsterdam. It was a great experience and I think this is something I should mention on my CV. Is this a good ...
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Should a person refuse to go to a conference when not being paid wages (only travel costs)? [closed]

My girlfriend currently works part time as a contractor for a family friend. He has asked her to attend a conference on his behalf. The offer is along the lines of "I'll pay your flights for a '...
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Conference participation request for myself or for the entire team [closed]

In a couple of weeks there's going to be a conference closely related to my field of work. In one of the previous talks I had with my managed he said that if I find something that I consider ...
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Should I accept free lunch from hotel RFP responders?

I am conference chair for a professional organization and am in the midst of the Request For Proposal (RFP) process for finding our host hotel. I visited the first responding hotel to have a look ...
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Should men attend a conference that suggests that it is only for women? [closed]

While I was an intern there was a Women's Leadership Conference hosted by the corporate offices in California. As an intern I wanted as many opportunities to network and gain insight as to how the ...
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Should I check with conference organizer before booking cheaper rate? [closed]

I'm traveling to a professional conference as a speaker. The conference is reimbursing speakers for hotel stay (up to a certain limit) and have a block of rooms at a local hotel, with a conference-...
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Expected to return to work on day of return travel from conference [closed]

IT Employee in the Netherlands, scheduled for attending in a conference in Germany running mon-wed. Looking at the programme, we initially decided on attending 2 out of 3 days of the conference. ...
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Asking for support from employer for speaking at a conference

I am a software engineer and speaking at an opensource software conference. Although the conference is paying the flight and hotel expenses, I still need to pay for the visa fee. Also, I wish to ...
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prevent empty Managers office from being used as an ad-hoc drop in conference room [closed]

I work at a large company with a traditional seating arrangement in the usa. Cubes are in the of the space and surrounding them will be offices for managers or directors and above. In the corners of ...
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How do I apply to speak at a conference, when I think I'll switch jobs before the event?

I'm a software engineer, and interested in a submitting a talk to a conference. The work I would like to talk about is about using an open source library, but my company uses this library, and I ...
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Manager asks if a coworker can stay at my house

I work remotely. An annual conference relevant to my work is going to happen in my town. My manager has said that we can go, but only if my coworker can stay with me at my house (i.e., only if there ...
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How to Send Conference Notes to Managers

It's my first month at a new job, and my managers sent me to an (expensive) conference overseas to learn about a new market segment I want to impress them by sending a summary email with notes from ...
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Should employer pay for an extra night abroad for Sabbath observance?

I work in Israel for a large American company and will be traveling abroad to a conference for work. The conference finishes on Friday, so most people will fly home on Saturday; but as an observant ...
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Is it in bad taste to take a week off a job I began only a month ago? [duplicate]

I'll be starting my first job out of college soon. However, one of my professors from college and I agreed that I should attend a conference where I published a paper and present it. The problem is ...
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Asking employer for sponsorship to conference when I'm about to leave

I'm currently with employer X and my abstract was accepted to a somewhat prestigious conference very relevant to X. I have an offer from company Y, which is in a completely different industry from X, ...
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Attending professional conferences using personal funds

My company won't be paying me to attend any industry conferences this year. Is it worth spending a week of vacation time and more than a thousand dollars to attend one? Is it a reasonable expectation ...
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How to position yourself as a conference speaker when you are quite young?

I really enjoy teaching other people about new technologies and I am good at explaining things. However, in a lot of conferences I go to, speakers have decades of experience in something, whereas I am ...
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How can a conference handle harassment outside the conference? [closed]

In the past a conference I've been involved with had a problem with one presenter calling another presenter a gendered slur on Twitter preceding the conference. At the time we had no code of conduct ...
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Releasing conference tickets in a fair way for all timezones [closed]

The organizer for a programming conference is wondering how to release tickets in a way that's fair for people in all timezones. He's wanting people from all around the world to attend (and there's ...
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Is it OK to not associate my current employer and title at a industry conference?

My Intent: Interested in attending an industry conference to just learn about "other parts" of the same industry but has nothing to do with my day to day tasks at work. My goal: Become aware of other ...
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