Advice for Conference Newbies

It’s that time of year again. Conference season! And as my readers know, I attend more conferences than any one normal person should attend. So I’ve been thinking… What piece of advice do I have for blog conference newbies? I have quite a bit of advice actually…

1. Create a general itinerary.

Having an idea of when and where the session is that you’d like to attend is important. So is the time and place of the next party! A visual aid is a good idea so that you can see where your activities might be over lapping. Additionally, You’ll want to make note of when and where meals and snacks are being served. Taking advantage of the food that came with your conference badge is a great way to save money while on your trip!

2. Introduce yourself. (To everyone.)

You may be a wall flower at home… but a conference is no place to be anti-social. Step out of your comfort zone and meet some new people! New people bring a fresh perspective. They also come with some great ideas! Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and give some too! You never know… you might be talking to a brand representative who really likes your style or you could be talking to your new best friend. So shine your light!

3. Bring along some business cards.

“I’m not a business!”, you say. It doesn’t matter. You need a card. It gives people a reference to look back on and remember who you are. It also shares your blog information and don’t you want to tell the world about your blog? One of my favorite places to get cards is Tiny Prints. If you’ve not checked them out before… click the name and be transported through the magic of hyperlinks!

For realsies tho… you need business cards. If you don’t have them… you’ll be that girl that’s like… “Hold on.. I’ll write my blog on this scrap of paper for you.” It’s embarrassing. Trust me. I did this. More than once.

Here’s a bit about Tiny Prints:
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For sharing this little bit about Tiny Prints with you… I’m getting a set of shiny new business cards for free. I’d tell you about them anyway… because they’re the bees knees!

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I’ll be at Type A Parent (come sit in my session!), EVO, BlogHer, BlogWorld Expo and SheStreams (stop in my session there as well!). Where will you be this year? If you’ve been to a conference… what advice do you have to share with a conference newbie?


  1. Nicole says:

    Well, obviously we’ll be seeing each other at #TypeACon….probably more than we’ve ever wanted to see of each other ;)

    Hoping I can make EVO happen, but definitely BlogHer!