by Maegan Wilberg, Director Museum of the San Rafael
Networking is an important component of the UMA Annual conference, and you aren’t getting the full benefit of the conference until you embrace and take part in the many networking opportunities offered. Whether meeting people on field trips, interacting during the sessions throughout the conference, or connecting at the evening events at the end of each day, there are chances to make contacts throughout the conference.
The best way to prepare for this is to come to the conference ready to learn new things and meet new people. Each session you enter is full of potential new friends and colleagues.
Make sure you bring business cards to hand out so you can keep in touch with those new friends you will meet. Networking is a great way to promote your museum and organization, and you will find that most organizations have some of the same questions as you.
Networking gives you the opportunity to ask questions and stay involved with the many things that are going on around the state. As we network with each other we find that we are working together with some of the same goals.
I remember my first year at the UMA Conference I passed out so many business cards and met so many people. I found that when I had a problem and a question I could ask those who taught the classes and sessions. It was nice to see that all who I networked with were so willing to lend a hand to help.