Conference season is upon us! For many of us, we want to attend some form of gathering but we want to make sure that we get the most out of it and that we choose the right ones.
So how do we do that? In this podcast, Kirsten and I are going to share some pre conference tips. This is what you need to know before you go.
- There are a million different conferences out there. No matter what your genre is, you will find a conference. And it’s important to find a conference that will be a good fit for you!
- Before you book that ticket, make sure you look at all aspects of finances.
- Conference expenses often include: tickets, travel, hotels, food, etc. Truthfully conferences are a large investment.
- Most people can only really afford to attend one conference per year. Please make sure that you are really choosing a conference that will benefit you!
- If there’s one thing extra you absolutely need to plan on it’s a meal with your girls. And trust me, you’re not going to want to go Chick-Fil-A for that one!
- But we all do love Chick-Fil-A!
- Snacks are a lifesaver! When you get there, please take time to stop at a grocery store to pick up snacks because you will get hungry in between meals.
- While you’re at the grocery store, be sure to grab some hand sanitizer. It’s a life saver!
- There are two main conference “take aways.” Either education or networking.
- Trying to attend a conference with both of those in mind can be overwhelming so it’s best to jump into it with intention!
- If your goal is education, research the speakers and sessions to ensure that you’ll actually learn something.
- It’s not just about the speakers and sessions though. Look at the structure of the conference as well. If there are 800 sessions going on at the same time, you may not get full educational value unless the sessions you want to attend are at separate times.
- A simple truth? Sometimes it’s easier to start with a small conference. As you grow, work your way into the larger conferences.
- If you are going with the intent to network, please make sure that you bring a business card. Business cards are like the Pokemon cards of the blogging world.
- Pro Tip: Kirsten created a 4×6 card that included her full media kit to give to brands. While you don’t have to do that, you absolutely want to look for ways to make your card stand out in a sea of cards.
- To follow that up, sometimes going the extra mile makes all the difference. #LifeTips
- Your headshot should LOOK LIKE YOU. If your headshot online looks nothing like you or is 10 years old, people aren’t going to be able to recognize you thus limiting your potential connections.
- So what do you really need to bring? Easy. Laptop, cell phone, chargers, a power bank (or three!) a notebook, and pencils/pens. And maybe a hair elastic.
- If you are rooming with someone for the conference, a room mate gift is the perfect way to make sure you really make an impression and form a connection. Something as simple as a little package of practical goodies works here. Think travel sized lotions, hand sanitizer, notebooks, etc!
- Ahem. So it’s important to be polite at these events. This means not distracting speakers and other conference goers, whether that means standing up and taking photos or carrying on a conversation with people near you.
- Be mindful of the speakers time. Speakers put a lot of work and love into their presentations so make sure you’re listening and asking questions when you have the opportunity after.
- You’re going to be running around a lot during the conference and not near an outlet often. Keep your phone on low power mode to conserve your battery.
- Most important tip… have fun, make memories and make friends!
- Read Kirsten’s show notes here!
- Click here for the full video!