It’s tough to network at conferences when you can’t get there.  Let’s face it, the cost of attending conferences are high.  But what if you could find a way cut out one of the expenses.  What if you could attend without paying for a ticket.  I’ve attended conferences for free in the past by using three techniques and you can easily do the same thing.

Be A Speaker

Agreeing to speak at a conference is one of the easier ways to attend a conference.  If you can make the cut you will be able to get your ticket cost covered, get a platform to share your brilliance and be in a position where people will want to connect with you.  Speaking for a ticket is how I attended SXSW for the first time.

Be in the Media

I’ve done interviewing work for the Massachusetts Conference For Women and was in turn provided a media pass.  You can reach out to the organizers to find out if you could attend as a blogger (that means you would actually have to have a blog) or offer to conduct interviews of there speakers before the conference in exchange for a conference ticket.

Be Scholarly

You can keep your eyes out or ask the conference organizers if they have any scholarship opportunities and what the criteria is.  I attended Inbound 2013 by applying for a scholarship (see my scholarship video below).

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Be a Volunteer

I haven’t had the opportunity to use this method yet but know plenty of folks who have volunteered their time in exchange for a free ticket to a conference.  The work you contribute can take place before, during or after the conference.

What are methods have you heard of or tried that got you a free ticket to a conference?

Remember, long after the conference has concluded, it’s the connections that continue.

Your Ambassador,

Mike Ambassador Bruny

Mike Ambassador Bruny
Mike Ambassador Bruny

I have a deep desire to help spread entrepreneurial thinking as the solutions to many of our problems today. I am a project kind of guy who loves to get things started. When I'm not in search of contract work (projects) that I can do during the nights and weekends I can be found working as a mild mannered Digital Content Manager for Babson Executive Education.