Conferences are notorious for early morning starting times. It’s not just breakfast that’s available at 7:30 a.m. The sessions and keynote presenters are often slated at 8:00 a.m. This may be fine for the early birds, but early morning starts and long days are a recipe for fatigue.
A good strategy is to review the program agenda in advance and decide which sessions or speakers are on your priority list. There may be a critical session at 7:30 a.m. and you’ll have to do what’s necessary to make sure you’re awake and there on time. On the other mornings, you can choose to sleep, wake later and take in the later sessions.
This strategy will ensure that you’re rested and better able to learn and network.
An article by Jeanne Martinson in Convene, a magazine of the meeting industry, addresses this issue.