Senate House launches guide to being a good delegateSenate House, the art deco centrepiece of the University of London, has launched a Top 10 Tips to good behaviour at conferences. The venue has launched the guide to reflect the changing face of imparting knowledge and delegate interaction. Senate House communicates face to face with thousands of delegates every year.
1. Delegates should turn up at the specified time of the event. Lateness gives a poor impression from the outset.
2. Take note of the dress code and if in doubt dress for business success. First impressions count in a world driven by personal relationships and networking.
3. Do not gossip or discuss work colleagues or other delegates, remember you are a representative of your company.
4. Turn off all communication devices, mobile phone and PDA and keep them turned off for the duration of the session.
5. Use the event as a networking opportunity; introduce yourself to the person next to you and ensure that you meet as many people as possible. Allow others to talk and be sure to interact in the conversation.
6. While it’s important to network be careful not to turn into a roaming sales person – it’s a very fine line.
7. Listen to the presenters; they have been picked as they are the knowledge experts, not you. Therefore, do not whisper with colleagues or be distracted by external goings on.
8. Use social media during breaks and ensure you use the correct hash #tag.
9. Be supportive of speakers; ask questions and engage with them too.
10. Refrain from drinking alcohol at lunch time if it is on offer, and always drink in moderation.
Senate House is one of the UK’s most diverse venues. With 29 spaces and three private garden squares, it has been widely used for some of the capital’s most prestigious live events; from filming and fashion shows to corporate and charity events.
Charlie Vernon, manager said: “The way we communicate is changing daily. There’s a huge reliance on social media to interact, but face to face communication such as live events is becoming more important as we seek face time with each other. The lines of what is acceptable in terms of Tweeting and using Facebook while talking with someone does need to be clarified, hence we have created a top line guide for good behaviour at conferences, lectures and live events.”