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7. Avoid Autopilot

A conference isn't a place for an elevator speech.

The door isn't suddenly going to open. You’re beginning a dialogue, not making a presentation. Tailor what you have to say about yourself so it's appropriate to the discussion you're having. There's a finite amount of time you can spend with each person, which leaves precious little time for aimless chit-chat or fumbling around for the right words.