|A GIF!! It doesn't really have anything to do with this post, but I made it as an example for my talk at BlogPodium and thought I'd share it :)|
Make sure you stop by if you want to learn to make one too!!
For a lot of people, the idea of going to a conference where you really don't know anyone is kind of intimidating. And I am among those people! When I went to BlogPodium last year, I was so nervous. I mean, I'd emailed some of these people before, I knew their names & faces, but I'd never met any of them in person.
But, by the end of the day I was SO happy I'd gone. It was such a good event and everyone was so awesome!
I know I'm not the only one for whom things like conferences aren't the easiest thing. So I've gathered together what I learned from the last event and what I need to keep reminding myself of, just in case you need it too :)
ONE // Reach out beforehand. Even if it's only to one person, let them know you're excited to go and maybe suggest meeting up before the event so you have someone to walk in to the conference with.
TWO // Don't stress over 'networking'. Don't go into the event stressing about the number of people you 'have to' meet. Introduce yourself to the people at your table or whoever sits beside you at the workshops. Let it be more organic, not forceful.
THREE // But on the other hand, don't be a wallflower. Sometimes it's easy to stand off to the side and not meet anyone, but that's just no fun. So push yourself a little. It might go really well, or it might not, but it's not the end of the world. (I still have to remind myself of this one!)
FOUR // Be kind. To others and yourself. It's only one day, and we all make mistakes.
FIVE // Most importantly, be yourself and have fun! If you've met a few new people, exchanged a few cards, taken lots of notes, and learned a few things, then you've succeeded! Don't try to make your experience match someone else's. Do what's right for you!
Anything I missed??
SO excited for BlogPodium :) Can't wait to see everyone there!