Putting myself out there takes a lot of energy out of me. I enjoy attending conferences. When I attend a conference, I am inspired, excited, and love to learn new things. Attending presentations prompts me to reflect on my current work and brainstorm ideas on how to be better at what I do.
In the beginning of a conference, I am energetic and ready to go. By the end of each day, I lose steam. Gathering with colleagues and old friends over meals always prove to be a great time. After dinner however I am ready to hibernate in my room. I enjoy taking a bath with a glass of wine and going to bed early. Sometimes I really like to read a book or watch television.
Some would say that there is nothing wrong with this behavior; that it is quite normal in fact. But I wonder if I am selling myself short. Am I missing out on potential networking opportunities? Am I being anti-social?
I like to think that I am taking care of me and regrouping so that I can feel refreshed again in the morning and ready to learn.
What is your conference routine? Do you stay out all night socializing? Or do you hibernate too?