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A developers guide to conferences

Make the most of the networking, speaking and learning opportunities. 50 conferences later I have some unique insights.
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Created by Alex Ivanov
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 5 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
Be well prepared to attend a conference.
Have an action plan for what to do at the conference.
Have a list of practical tips to apply on their own.
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  • Eagerness to learn from my past experiences.

In 2002 I attended my 1st conference in Las Vegas, NV and the one memory that stands out was hitting the jackpot on the nickel slots. In 2007 I spoke at my 1st conference not knowing if I would make it out alive. Next week I attend my 50+ conference to speak, learn and network.

I invite you to learn from my experiences in making the most of conferences to help you stand out from the pack and become the unique persona you are destined to be.

Why should you become a student?

  • Advance your  career
  • Attend conferences with a solid action plan
  • Learn how to prepare you agenda ahead of time
  • Learn about the numerous opportunities a conference offers outside of just sessions to attend.
  • Learn what steps to take before, during and after a conference

More about the teacher

My name is Alex Ivanov I used to be a shy software developer that has overcome numerous personal challenges including my fear of picking up the phone, being in a room full of strangers (i.e. a common theme at conferences to start with) and speaking to an large audience.

With my own personal struggles removed I’m excited to share what has worked for me in the hopes it can work for you as well. Life is so much more exciting now that I have overcome these barriers and together we can ensure you do the same.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in expanding their network.
  • Anyone interested in making the most of conferences.
  • Anyone working for a large corporation eager to stand out from the rest.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 13 Lectures Collapse All 13 Lectures 29:37
1 Lecture 01:23
  • A little background on myself
  • Now it's your turn, please introduce yourself in the Q&A portion of the class covered in more detail in the next lecture
Preview 01:23
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2 Lectures 02:46
  • Use the Discussion threads for Q&A
  • Learn from other students as well as the instructor
Preview 01:19

  • Adjust the lecture speed to maximize your time
Preview 01:27
Preparing for the conference
6 Lectures 16:33
  • Advance your career
Why attend conferences?

  • Glean as much information as you can from the website
Study the website

  • Let's navigate the website for my upcoming conference together
Preview 02:05

  • Set aside at least 1 hour to prepare your agenda
Make time for preparing your agenda

  • Tips for finding the right sessions to attend
Tips for putting together your Agenda

  • Have you created your business cards?
Preview 01:57
During the conference
2 Lectures 04:43
  • Network to make meaningful connections
Preview 02:17

  • Learning doesn't stop with the sessions you attend
Preview 02:26
After the conference
1 Lecture 02:03
  • Use LinkedIn to stay in touch with your connections
Keeping current with your connections
Bonus Lectures and Resources
1 Lecture 02:09
  • Please leave a review
  • Bonus materials for you to take away
Preview 02:09
About the Instructor
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Product Manager | Speaker | Connector

Alex Ivanov, Principle Systems Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, is a world recognized expert in bridging the gap between requirements management, system engineering and optimizing IBM Rational DOORS (with the DXL automation that it can bring). Alex is an IBM Certified Professional for: DOORS v9, DOORS Next Generation v5, Rational Quality Manager v3, Collaborative Lifecycle Management v4 (i.e. RTC, RQM, RRC/RDNG) and is a six-time IBM Rational Champion (2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016).

Alex is very active on social media channels and has been speaking at conferences for the past 9 years, growing a raving fan base everywhere he goes.

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