Top tips for getting the most out of your WYSTC experience
1. Develop your strategy
Think about what you want to get out of WYSTC 2015, and then plan your schedule accordingly.
Will your WYSTC experience be about making new connections and/or reaffirming existing ones? Are you looking to update your knowledge or be inspired by industry experts? Do you simply want to immerse yourself in the youth, student and educational industry for a few days? Or are you looking to achieve a combination of the above?
2. Ensure you have access to Marcom eSchedule PRO when it opens
What is Marcom eSchedule PRO? For those of you who haven’t been to WYSTC before, Marcom eSchedule PRO is a powerful online tool that helps you to find new business contacts and more importantly, lets new business contacts find you. You can then schedule appointments with these contacts either at your own booth if you choose to have one, or at an allocated table.
By prearranging your appointments you can always find the people you have arranged to meet.
Marcom eSchedule PRO opens on Tuesday, 28 July, so register now to ensure that you have access to the system as soon as it opens.
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with key organisations from across the world – including leading buyers, who fill their appointments quickly – that could make a significant impact on your business.
3. Research the educational sessions
Each year WYSTC hosts over 30 educational sessions – a combination of seminars and informal workshops. These sessions are presented by leading industry thinkers and leaders and can provide you with insights into new strategies and ideas for your business.
Plan ahead and decide which sessions you want to attend – if a particular session doesn’t appeal to you, you can open up these time slots in Marcom to accept more business appointments.
4. Don’t underestimate the power of the networking events
The networking events are not just an opportunity to unwind after a busy day at the conference, they are the ideal time to re-engage with people you have met during the day and to continue the conversations you started during business appointments – or indeed speaking to those delegates you haven’t been able to schedule meetings with.
Building relationships and trust is what helps to start successful relations with a new contact. We found that last year, more business was concluded in the bar than during the day!
5. Take a stand to showcase your business
Not only do booths provide a great advertising opportunity for your business and help to facilitate impromptu discussions with passing delegates, they also provide a base in which to
hold your business appointments. Why spend time going to meet delegates when they can come to you?
6. Book your hotel
We’ve done the searching for you and have handpicked a number of hotels and hostels that offer great value for money, easy access to the conference venue and an all-round comfortable stay in Cape Town.
Don’t forget that booking a cheaper hotel a few miles away from the convention centre isn’t always as good value as it seems. You may have to get up earlier and then have to travel in to town.
In Cape Town we recommend that you always use a taxi and so, with getting changed for evening events etc, you could be looking at four or more trips per day, not to mention the loss of networking time whilst you are in a cab!
I recommend that you stay in the conference hotel – Southern Sun The Cullinan. It’s comfortable, the facilities are second-to-none and it’s less than a five minute walk to the CTICC. The hotel’s poolside bar will also play host to this year’s conference bar where a wealth of networking opportunities await you.
7. Book a day tour
Why not take the opportunity to explore the breath-taking South Africa while you’re there?
We have selected a range of day and extended tours to give you a taste of different aspects of the country – from whale watching to wine tours and more.
8. Take advantage of the delegate discounts
There are a number of discounts available to WYSTC delegates every year and you can save a considerable amount of money by taking advantage of them:
- Save 10% off flights to South Africa with our partner, Emirates >
- Special rates on car hire with Europcar >
- Book your airport transfers with Centurion Tours >
I look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town this September – WYSTC 2015 is shaping up to be a great event!