A big fear before a blog conference is will I know anyone and will anyone talk to me? While you can do things before the conference to connect with other conference-goers, it’s hard to get over that fear that you’ll be re-enacting that awkward junior high scene of standing in the doorway to the lunchroom and not knowing where to sit.
Some tips to remember when you have those moments of fear:
1. You always have an easy “pick-up” line: Hey baby, what’s your twitter handle? Okay, I wouldn’t put it like that, but you are all bloggers. Finally, you are in a room full of people who get it instead of giving you a funny look when you say you blog. Swap blog cards, ask what session someone just came from, talk about your blogs! No matter your blogging niche, you have a lot in common with the people around you.
2. Don’t ever think someone doesn’t want to talk to you. You see that woman who looks like she’s super-involved tweeting away on her phone? Or that one who only smiled as you passed each other in the expo hall? She might be too nervous to go talk to you. Bloggers are unique in that we express ourselves through the typed word and can sometimes be quiet IRL. So, YOU can be the one to strike up a conversation. Remember that conversation works two ways: as friendly as people can be at conferences, you can’t expect that everyone will approach you- you need to approach people, too!
3. Everyone has been a newbie at one time. Even those bloggers whose names are enough to make the rest of us swoon with blog envy: they had their turn at being a newbie. And they remember what it was like. They are there to meet people, too. Go talk to them- they will talk to you!
4. Twitter is your friend. Watch the conference stream. People will tweet what they are off to do and often invite others to go with them. Or you can tweet that you are about to go do something like go find a snack, and ask if someone wants to come along. Tweet that you’re going off to find a drink and I’ll probably show up at your side. Also, Blissdom has Community Leaders for different niches. Send out your tweet with both the Blissdom hashtag and the one that applies to you like #BlissdomNewbies if you are looking for a friendly face.
What are your tips for connecting with others at a conference?
This post is a part of a Blog Conference Prep series that Ashley from My Front Porch Swing and I are working on. Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:
- How to anticipate conference costs
- How to get a conference sponsor
- How to prep your blog for a conference
- How to prep your life for a conference
And don’t miss Ashley’s post today about How to Talk to Brands at a Conference. If you have any questions about getting ready for a blog conference that you’d like us to answer, just let us know!