Where do you get the most out of a conference? Keynotes from the big names? Practical break out sessions with best practices? The showroom floor with vendors?
Hallways receive my vote for the best part of a conference (especially those with big leather couches). I’ve been to large conferences with 15,000 in swarming masses and to small conferences with only 12 attendees and in both cases (and all in between) I’ve benefitted the most from the conversations in the hallway. Some of those are random conversations that I’ve struck up with the person sitting beside me and others are more strategic accidentally running into a speaker (after stalking them from the speaker’s lounge).