SYP Conference - Our Top Tips

SYP Conference - Our Top Tips

Tomorrow, Inspired Selection are Platinum sponsors alongside Bloomsbury Publishing, at the SYP Annual Conference and we cannot wait! The conference is being held at Oxford Brookes University and we have a team of 4 making our way there early tomorrow morning!

We cannot wait to meet you if you are attending and wanted to share our top tips to make the most of the conference so here are our top tips! 


  • It’s never too late to prepare in order to get the most out of tomorrow’s conference. Why not hop onto social media and check out SYP Oxford tweets over on to see who the speakers are going to be. You can find the agenda here available here
  • If there are particular panels of interest, why not prepare a question that you could ask one of the panelists! 
  • Update your CV and book in to see Inspired at one of our CV clinics we’re running throughout the day by clicking on this Calendly link.  
  • Update your LinkedIn and any social media profiles to make sure they are looking tidy and professional and so that you can reach out to anyone live to connect with 
  • Pack your phone, a charger, notebook, pen, water bottle!
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Set yourself some goals! 

Set yourself some goals you want to achieve from the conference. It could be learning about industry trends, networking with professionals, or exploring potential job opportunities, having clear goals will guide your experience.

A great goal is to take notes – you are going to learn so much that you’ll want to remember what you’ve learned so do take notes so you can refer back to them! 

Elevate your networking with these top tips! 

Lots of people are nervous to network but don’t be. People going to conferences are usually going to learn and network so be confident when introducing yourself. Not feeling confident, a little preparation will help you enormously. SO tonight, create and practice introducing yourself you’re your very own “elevator pitch” that highlights your background, interests, and what you hope to gain from the conference or what you enjoyed/found interesting about a panel you just attended. 

Actively listen and ask questions to the person you are talking/networking with 

Exchange contact information – if you don’t have a business card do not worry there are so many other options, follow on twitter, Instagram, send a connection request on LinkedIn? Ask for their email address and put it in your phone/ write it down in your note book. 

Already well networked across the industry – task yourself with diversifying your network and talking to people you have never before or wouldn’t normally cross paths with.  A rich network is a diverse network! 


  • Engage on social media platforms using the event hashtag , share you insights with others and connect with other attendees online. 
  • Ask questions at the end of the sessions you are going to making sure to say your name out loud so people remember you. 

Follow up! 

The most important tip we can give you in networking is to follow up! You’ve done all of the hard work, you’ve been brave, your approached, made a great impression, now all that’s needed is to follow up! 

We cannot wait to meet as many of you as we can tomorrow! We have two CV clinics happening during the morning part of the conference and our MD Suzy Astbury will be talking on a panel at 11.45 in the Main Theatre about building a sustainable career in publishing so make sure to come along to that!

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See you soon! 




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