I have been to many VMworld conferences as well as other conferences, and always learn something new about how not to be tired by day 2.
It is easy to get excited about the conference, there is a good vibe about VMworld that makes you go all out and do it all in one day. There are a lot of sessions, many of them already full.
What to do if you didn’t get into the sessions you wanted? Well, IF there is a session that you feel you must go to, you can still go and line up outside and hope there is some room left for the people standing on the wait queue. If you are out of luck and did not get in, don’t sweat it, you will be able to have access to the recordings after VMworld.
I have found myself in this same situation, once or twice I took a certification exam just to “kill some time” and surprisingly finding out I passed. Exams are 1/2 price, so I figured, Why not? I have also visited many vendors that I never heard of, even the ones in the super tiny booth with no swag to give. I have been surprised by what some of the smaller vendors at the expo have to offer. Make sure you TALK to them, not just collect swag.
Try to spread out your time among sessions, vendors, networking, food, etc. as evenly as you can. Going to sessions all day long makes for a very boring and tiring day IMHO. Don’t burn yourself out on the first day, VMworld is 4 days long, or 5 if you are there for the Sunday sessions. So try to stay fired up at least until Wednesday… see what I did there!?!?
As far as food goes, we all know that food any conference food is a carb loading feast. Be careful there not to overdue it, or every session will seem like a snooze fest. You are what you eat, so try to eat somewhat healthy, at least during the day and save some room for the parties at night. Many vendors have started to offer breakfast meetings rather than parties at night, so that is something to consider.
Parties. There are probably too many parties from vendors and groups, and most are at the same time on specific days. The VMworld party is on Wednesday night at AT&T park, so that leaves only Monday and Tuesday night for a bunch of vendors to do their marketing parties.
Here is a VMworld 2015 Events list that a fellow blogger put together.
Enjoy VMworld 2015!!!
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