Other than social media, conference presentations are likely the largest audience you can present your work to. And, let’s be honest, you could have had a barbecue during COVID-19 with all of your research-related followers and not violated social distancing laws. So conferences are huge opportunities. But, so much of the focus is on the presentation and the data, when in actual fact you should be focused on getting connections. Connections that could be collaborators. Connections that could be employers. Connections that could be mentors.
I’ll go through some simple things you can do as part of preparing your conference talk (and therefore included in it) that will help make each talk a positive milestone in your career.