From Wednesday thru Saturday last week, I was at Type A Parent Conference in Asheville, NC. And no, you don’t have to be Type A to attend. It was my secret fear last year that I’d be found out and kicked out for being far from Type A.
And while I took some fun pics- I’ll share some a little later today as part of an early Wordless Wednesday and some I’ll post on facebook (click “like” over there in my sidebar- you know you want to!!!), and while I learned some valuable info, like how we can’t under any circumstances have “like my/a company’s facebook page” as even an optional entry in a giveaway, that isn’t what I want to talk about right now.
Instead, here are some more general takeaways from the conference, to keep in mind for when you attend a blog conference:
1. If there is someone you want to get to meet, GO TALK TO THEM. There were a few people that I talked to that had me inwardly thinking OMG, I’m talking to so-and-so and it probably showed on my dorky face. But, I got to talk to them because I went up to them and talked to them. Don’t ever assume someone doesn’t want to talk to you just because they don’t approach you first. Conferences are busy and people get caught up in conversations. Most are not ignoring others on purpose and will talk to you if you make the effort to go up to them. Don’t jump to the conclusion that someone is snubbing you.
2. It’s okay to take a break for a little while. While I went to some fabulous sessions at Type A, I also skipped a few so that I could go relax in my room for a little bit or walk around the adorable town of Asheville with my fabulous roommate/partner-in-crime/other half Ashley. Conferences can be very go-go-go, and if you don’t step away for a minute now and then, you might wind up burnt out and wanting to go to bed at 8pm… which brings me to #3.
3. Even though you will be really tired, stay up late and join the parties! While I talked to lots of people during the day, the days were more focused on sessions, while I had more in-depth conversations with people
drinking hanging out on the patio til all hours of the night. That was where I felt like I really made connections. Um, not the icky I’m using you to get something for me kind of connections, but friendship connections, y’all.
If you’ve been to Type A or any blogging conference, what tips do you have to add? If you haven’t been, what questions do you have?