10 simple things you need to do before attending the PMI Global Congress are:
- Mark your calendar. Block the congress dates and organize your work and personal schedule to attend the congress
- Register. This is required to attend the event. Although on-site registration is available, you may want to take advantage of on-line registration and early-bird rates available months in advance. Once your registration has been processed, a confirmation email with your PIN will be sent to you
- Plan your trip. Consider attending pre-sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning and arrange your trip. Check for hotels during the registration process and consider your transportation alternatives. The earlier you book, the better travel deals you get
- Verify Travel Requirements. If you are traveling abroad check your visa requirements. In the event you need a visa, request letter of invitation from PMI and submit the travel itinerary and personal information that will be included in the letter. Should you have questions, send your inquiries to Congress_Embassy_Letter@pmi.org
- Pre-register for Area of Focus sessions. Use the PIN in the registration confirmation email to log-in to the congress website and make your selection. Pre-registration is recommended to secure your seat in high-demand sessions
- Check who is attending. The list of delegates and participants attending the congress is available in the Meet Attendees section of the congress website. This gives you the opportunity to contact them in advance and plan to meet them during the congress
- Look for congress proceedings. Frequently visit the congress website and look for available presenter profiles, presentations white papers and copies of the presentations. You can check in advance if the content of the presentation will meet your expectations or if you need to change your selection
- Look for session cancellation emails. In the event that one of your selected sessions is canceled, PMI will advise you in advance and suggest alternative sessions. Once you have selected the alternative session, visit the congress website and update your selection
- Order business cards. Networking with other project professionals is one of the main activities during the event and your business card is your main networking tool, so be prepared and bring enough. Make sure your personal and contact information on your business card is accurate
- Pack. The congress dress code is business casual, although some of the attendees wear business outfits. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes; you will be walking from one session room to another and to/from the exhibit hall. Do not forget a hard copy of your registration confirmation email and your business cards
Preparing in advance for the event will help make it even more enjoyable and you will be able to spend more time on congress activities. Get ready for networking, valuable learning experiences with other project management professionals and enjoy the educational sessions.
You are now ready to rock & roll! Bon voyage!
Conrado Morlan has more than 15 years of experience managing programs and projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia and has led multigenerational and multicultural project teams. Mr. Morlan was one of the first people to attain the PMI Program Management Credential (PgMP)® credential in Latin America and the first one in Mexico. Mr. Morlan is a frequent guest speaker at Project Management congresses in America and Latin America, is an avid volunteer with PMI chapters in America, Mexico, Costa Rica and Spain, and is a contributor for PMI Community Post and a blogger at http://thesmartpms.posterous.com/