So, you’re all registered for the next blog conference. You’ve got your ticket, your calendar is blocked off, you’re practically ready! Except for several important things.
What are you going to take with you?
Read on to get the insider tips and essentials for when traveling to your next blog conference. And be sure to get your sneak peek at Bloggy Boot Camp 2014. We’re revealing our stops and changes for next year.
Blog Conference Tips!
First? You need to know what to pack.
I’m going to start with something critical. You could forget almost everything else and buy it wherever you’re headed. Except for these items.
Blogger Business Cards
You need business cards with you. You need to bring enough to give to everyone. Or almost everyone. Order extras. Bring them with you, just in case. You’re surely thinking that there’s no way you’re going to give out 400 cards in one weekend. And I agree with you. But what happens if you need a few extras and you leave them home? You’ll kick yourself! Don’t risk it.
We’ve got some great business card tips for you, ranging from what you need on your cards to how you should collect the cards of your fellow bloggers.
Along with your cards you might consider bringing some copies of your media kit with you to give to the sponsors that you meet and make a great connection with. They’re certainly not required, but you’ll come across as well prepared should you have one! Don’t have one? Don’t worry.
We have all the information you need on what should be included in your media kits, and we follow that up with a straightforward tutorial on how to create your own media kit using PicMonkey.
Packing List Essentials
Check out our Packing List Essentials for critical items you won’t want to forget.
You’re also going to want to be sure to bring all of your chargers for all of your electronic devices. It sounds obvious, but remember how many you’re packing and take note – you are probably going to want to add a power strip to that list. A power strip will not only ensure that you AND your roommates can charge your devices overnight, but will guarantee you make some friends during the sessions, because everyone wants to sit next to the girl with the juice! Many a friendship has been made over shared outlets. Your power strip will save you, and your new friends.
What to Wear
Let’s talk clothes. We know you’re excited to be away from home and out on the town. You’re ready to dazzle! You might even wear some funky jewelry and a pair of heels. And that’s great. But please, please, don’t forget about being comfortable.
There are three C’s to conference attire, and to me comfy is the most important one. Cute and casual are the other two, and I would say they’re a given. You know you want to look cute. You want to look professional, enough so that you feel somewhat on the ball. But don’t forget to dress comfortably. If you don’t wear heels regularly, your feet might be aching by the end of the day.
And if your feet hurt you know the rest of you is going to hurt, too. Your blogging friends don’t want you to be uncomfortable. And they want to see you for who you are. So pull out that favorite sweater (and yes, even if it’s 100 degrees wherever you’re headed, bring a sweater. Conference rooms can be chilly!), a comfy pair of flats and bring them along. You’ll be much more relaxed when you’re dressed as yourself. And the people you meet will be, too.
Now, you’re all packed. You’ve got your preferable method of note-taking (electronic? pen and paper? whatever you’re most comfortable with!) at the ready and you’re feeling bright-eyed and ready to learn. Toss a few extra snacks, a bottle of water and some mints or gum into your bag. Sessions can be intense, and you might need a little power snack to keep you focused. Bring extra so you can share – it’s a great way to make new friends.
And most importantly? Bring a great attitude. Be ready to learn. Act like a sponge and take it all in. Don’t rule anyone out. The blogger next to you whom you’ve never heard of? Might be the connection you need to figure out where you’re headed on this journey.
Even better? You might become fast friends. Don’t be shy. Use social media to your advantage. Tweet at your fellow attendees. Find out who is sitting at the table behind you. Connect. Learn. Grow. And have a great time.
Did we miss anything? What tips do you have to someone attending a blog conference?
Bloggy Boot Camp 2014
It’s here! It’s here! Our sneak peek at all of our stops in 2014 is finally ready. Check out where we will be going and when. We’d love for you to join us!