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Blog Conference Time: Top 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Bloggy Boot Camp {Part 1}

By Apr 8, 2013July 10th, 201432 Comments

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It’s blog conference time! Bloggy Boot Camp 2013 is kicking off this week in Phoenix, AZ and it’s time to get your blog conference groove on!

You’re ready to learn, to laugh, to network and make friends. This is about you and your blog – your dreams and your opportunities. Isn’t it fantastic! So whether it’s Bloggy Boot Camp 2013 or any other blog conference, here are the top ten ways you can guarantee yourself a great experience  AND maximize the impact your blog and brand have on the fantastic people you’ll meet.

Doing these ten things will make this a blog conference experience you remember forever!

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Top 10 Ways To Get the Most Out of a Blog Conference

 

#10: Make Goals

Please, please do not skip this step. Take a piece of paper, a pen (or Evernote) and 20 minutes and jot down what YOU want to get out of your experience. Then write down what YOU need to DO to get what you want. To some it may seem silly, but if you want to rock the blog conference and get the most out of your experience, you absolutely must do this. Put it all in writing and read it everyday before you go to the conference and while you’re there.

Example:

Goal:

Establish three new cross-promoting relationships.

Action:

1) Talk with at least 15 bloggers. Get to know them and their audience.

2) Short list at least 3

3) Make arrangements to connect regularly after the conference with your short list of bloggers via Google+ video hangouts, facebook chats, telephone, email…

You’re investing time and money in this experience. If you go with goals and actions on paper, it will pay you dividends and become so much more than just a ‘warm fuzzy, fun’ experience. It can be the driving factor in your next big break.

 

#9: Be Quick to Observe

This is a hard one, but there’s no beating around the bush – quit thinking about yourself. Watch the bloggers around you. You learn SO much from watching and it doesn’t leave you time to worry about your own insecurities. When you focus on the people around you it makes it easier to find your place, leave your influence and gain friends and advocates.

  • Be quick to observe patterns in speakers habits and preparations
  • Be quick to observe and mirror gestures
  • Be quick to observe a need
  • Be quick to observe a feeling
  • Be quick to observe strengths o fellow bloggers

And the list could go on and on…

When you are quick to observe your surroundings, it’s more than just seeing colors, shapes and settings. Observing gives you the capacity to see an opportunity and act on it that would have been overlooked otherwise.

 

#8: Ask Questions and Actually Listen

Don’t asked canned questions. Don’t talk about the weather. Don’t waste your time or theirs. You can have fun, be cordial and get to know others, just try and be deliberate about each question you ask. There are a lot of questions you can ask that aren’t ‘business related’ but can have a great impact on your business, relationships and experience.

Ask real questions. Ask questions that help you get to know another blogger and their story. Ask questions that help you relate to one another and open doors for each other. You don’t have a lot of talk time – be wise. Maximize your opportunities with real conversations, not just ice breakers and chit chat. Then, listen to the answers.

When you ask questions and listen it puts  you in the drivers seat. The person who spends their time listening and asking is always the one driving the conversation.

*NOTE: You may consider writing a list of questions along with your goals. Having a few great questions in mind before you walk through the conference doors will give you confidence and facilitate actionable conversations.

 

#7: Smile

Smile. Go ahead, smile right now, see how it feels. {Pretty great, eh! :)}

There’s something about a simple smile that’s so inviting and empowering. Wear one all the time – even if it kills you. A smile offers warmth and breaks the ice. It reaches out and lights up a room, a conversation and an opportunity.

*BONUS: a smile AND a compliment always go a loooong way. You don’t have to worry about being superficial; when you’re quick to observe, you’ll see plenty of reasons to sincerely compliment anyone!

 

#6: Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover

You will never know the power of someone until you really have time to get to know them. Don’t judge yourself against someone who you think might look better, walk taller, have a longer blogging tenure or know more people.

Anytime you make hasty judgments – for better or worse –  you jeopardize opportunities for everyone, especially yourself. If you’re tempted to draw conclusions because of what you see, challenge yourself to simply STOP IT. Replace those thoughts with questions you would like to ask the person or a specific compliment you can give them.

No one, I repeat, no one, is out of your league. We’re all in this together, so keep you’re head in the game 😉

Later this week, we’ll cover the final five tips to rock Bloggy Boot Camp 2013 and get the most out of your blog conference experience… For now it’s time to get to work on tip #10 and start defining your goals for the upcoming conferences!

Are you headed to Bloggy Boot Camp Phoenix this week? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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32 Comments

  • Headed to MN this weekend! Sad I will get in late on Friday, but I have to work first. Already have my goal. I want to exchange at least 20 business cards! I just got mine and I’m excited to use them. Have never had a reason to do so before. 🙂

  • Perfect timing – I leave for Minneapolis tomorrow. Off to make my list of goals for the conference!

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  • This is a perfectly timed post for me. I’m heading to BBC Phoenix and am super excited! It’s my first blog conference so I’m not really sure what to expect. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of awesome bloggers and learning a ton. Off to make sure I have my goals written out and some questions to ask in case I get stuck.

    Any other women out there gonna be in Phoenix this weekend? Looking forward to meeting you!

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  • Patty says:

    Great tips! I’ve never been to a blogging conference,though I’d love to attend one!

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  • Chris Carter says:

    Awesome tips!!! I hope someday I can make it to a conference… I just know it would be such a great experience!!

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  • Jamie @ Roubinek Reality says:

    Such great tips! I’m going to write conf goals down for my next one in May. I love that idea!!

  • Great tips – interested to see the other 5 are. I’m heading to Charlotte and am pretty excited!

  • So helpful! Can’t wait for Part 2! 🙂 We are really looking forward to BBC in Charlotte next month!

  • Once again, great tips, Bonnie. I feel like every article I read of yours is another little crash course on blogging 101 (or 2 or 3)… and I’m loving it. Thanks!

  • Michelle says:

    Can’t wait for Charlotte!! Thanks for the great tips!

  • Kimberly says:

    Great list. Bloggy Boot Camp is the best conference. Small enough to get to know so many people, large enough to have a great learning experience.

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  • I have never been to a conference, but I am going to two this year! Do you have any suggestions for good questions?

    • Jenna, way to go!
      I don’t want to pigeon hole any of your questions, so before you make a list, consider why you’re asking questions. Why do you want to talk to this person? Why are you asking them questions? Why are you at the conference? Those questions will lead you to more relevant sub questions for your individual situation.

      You may have a few categories of questions like: 1) Get to know you questions (avoiding redundant), 2) do you want to know more about how they do what they do? 3) Is there something specific they do that you would love to learn more about?

      Reaching out to connect with people before the conference is a huge help in better understanding the kinds of questions you want to arm yourself with too 😉

      • This is actually a perfect answer! These are great starting points, and I am sure that I can come up with many questions based on whoever I am talking to just by using these as a guide. Thank you 🙂

  • I think observing and listening are key. Great tips!

  • Kate says:

    I hope there is a Bloggy Bootcamp in New England soon!

  • Emelie says:

    I’ve never been to a blogging conference – mainly because I can’t afford things like that, but I’ve always wanted to. One day, I will get to one of these things and I’m gonna own it. I just know it!

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