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Chatting at a Conference

I’ll never forget my first time.

No, not THAT first time.

The first time I attended a conference.

It was aaallllllll the way back in 2012. I’d just started my PhD (yes, I’ve been doing it that long…). I finished my office job for the day and got on the train in my business suit to travel out to a part of Japan called “ Gunma”. From the next day, I’d attend a two-day event at a school called Gunma Kokusai Academy.

GKA is an immersion school.

And they were putting on this big immersion education shebang.

On the first day we were shown around, followed by a typical presentation-style conference the next day.

All that was easy.

But in the evening of the first day…

… there was a formal reception party.

Now, I hate these things and avoid them like the plague. I’d rather sit at home by myself sticking pins up under my toenails. But one the main reasons I went was because I needed to find a school to do research at. And that meant talking to people who worked at schools. So went I did.

You can imagine it, can’t you?

I walk in the door…

And EVERYBODY has come in groups (or works at the school).

Then there’s me.

Little old me, all alone. Feeling like a bit of an idiot.

THIS is exactly the situation that Dan finds himself in in this week’s EES lesson (unsurprisingly, because the story is based on my experience).

It’s called…

“Chatting at a Conference”

… and we deep-dive into the topic of making small talk with total strangers in a conference/ formal event setting.

* Not sure how to start a question with a complete stranger?
* What to say to keep the conversation going?
* How to end the conversation before it gets boring and awkward?


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