Surviving Conferences

5. Plenary Sessions

Good plenary discussions can be wide ranging, make a note of any points that you would like to go back to and don’t be afraid of returning to something that was said earlier in the session.

If you have a question write it down and read it back to yourself, this will help you phrase it correctly.



  1. If you do have a comment or contribution to make in a plenary, keep it focused and relevant. The urge to deliver the extended highlights of your earlier paper – which so many of the delegates sadly missed – must be resisted!

    If you are asked to report back on behalf of a discussion group resist the opportunity for a personal diatribe, be careful to include colleagues contributions and try to emphasize the positive.

    Comment by John Peters — September 26, 2008 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  2. If you have a question: Wait for the roving mike before stating your name and affiliation, and making your point.

    Comment by Virginia King, iPED — September 26, 2008 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

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