Being good at conferences is hard

by Christine on January 19th, 2011

filed under General Information

Monday kicked off a big conference here in town. These guys really party hard, drinking their faces off, strip clubs, fancy dinners out, total mayhem in general. It is a fine line that i need to walk to maintain professional boundaries and still be “one of the guys.” Monday I went into the office at 10 am then came to the office at 3. I didn’t have lunch so I had a few handfuls of cheeseits and a vodka and cranberry. I ended up at a fancy dinner with another competing engineering firm (the branch manager gave me what just might be one of the biggest compliments of my professional career). I ordered baked haddock that i ate very little of and a small side salad. I came back to the conference and had a diet coke and ended up coming home at midnight.

Yesterday was technically the start of the conference. I went to the office at 11 while battling sheets of freezing rain on the roads. I came to the conference at 3. I had a few drinks, then met a friend for dinner at a sports bar where I had a cup of soup–pretty much the only think I ate all day. It was a late, late night…finally made it home around 1:30 in the morning.

Today is going to be equally long, so I’m going to kick back at home for a while and relax until I head back to the conference.

The conference is full of cheese-its, peanuts, and potato chips. They ordered pizza and wings last night, which I didn’t want any part of. Outside on the convention center floor there are chocolates and giveaways everywhere. Combine that with all the alcohol, and it makes it very difficult to follow any kind of diet while out and about. Working at a conference really necessitates that you sneak away and order a healthy meal somewhere else, away from the temptations in the hospitality rooms.

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  • Libby

    You are a stronger woman than I. There is nothing more tempting than “free” food. Until you realize free food really isn’t free at all. Ugh.


    Wow, sounds like a tough time at the conference – I’d cave in somehow! Good job on making good choices. Nice blog, also. I added it to my blog’s links and will visit often. Cheers!

  • Bonnie

    I’ve only been to one conference in my professional career and it was at my last job. Luckily it was mostly women so didn’t need to worry about being one of the guys, but there was still a lot of drinking involved. I have a headache just remembering it. Well, at least the parts I can remember. :)

  • Patrick

    The over indulgence used to be an appealing part of conferences. These days, no way. Sounds like you are in control as you feel your way around your new job & it’s challenges.

  • Heather

    I have nominated you for a blog award!

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