I seriously can't count. Or I don't know what day it is. Or both. Doesn't matter that I messed up my countdown. It's going to happen with or without me.
When I was picked to go to the Michaels Maker Summit last year one of the first things I did was to look up past Summits. I learned that there'd only been one before and it was exclusive. So finding The Project Girl, Sugar Bee Craft, Craftberry Bush, Jennifer Rizzo, U-Create and some other's posts about it got me excited and gave me a good sense of what to expect. (But even then I didn't realize how great it was going to be). People post about conferences and events all the time. Look them up. You're likely to find info that'll help you prepare.
Unless you're going to Missouri Star Academy which it's their first. That leads us to the next thing to look up.
Look them up. "Them" meaning keynotes, presenters, panelists. "Them" meaning organizers, attendees, agendas and past conferences. Those them.
Some of the speakers you're likely to "know". Meaning you've heard of them, followed them and know their work. It's still good to look these people up to see what new projects or causes they are working on currently. Others may be new to you. Looking these folks up will give you insight into who they are and what they do giving you a clearer understanding before you hear them speak.
I go to creative gatherings for business. And fun. Next week I'm going to a creative conference at Missouri Star Quilt Company. They're having their first every Missouri Star Academy. It's 2 days with some great industry people coming to share. So for the next 7 days I'm counting down with 7 things (1 a day) to do before you go to a conference. Things I do.
Conferences, meetings, really any gathering takes effort and energy to attend, especially for Home-based Biz Moms. There's family juggling and organizing before leaving. (That topic's for another day) Effort and energy go into going.
The other night I went to a business presentation put on by Blog Talk KC. On my way there I realized that once again I didn't bring any biz related info with me. I've done this on more than one occasion. A wasted opportunity.
I don't usually waste my chances with longer conferences. The things I do before those can be applied to shorter meetings as well. It's been my mental checklist but since I'm planning for Missouri Star Academy it's now begin committed to print.
What is my purpose in going to this conference and what do I want to learn?
Have as many or as few as wanted. But it's a good idea to write them down.
Conferences are known for information overload. Organizers don't want to disappoint. Usually that leaves little time for being reflective, retaining messages or putting into play what you've learned. Part of the Plan to Learn is Note Taking. The lessons you're being taught are valuable that's why you're there to get them. Writing, seeing and hearing helps you remember. By about 50% better than not doing it. As a bonus, if you take those notes, turnaround and then Teach it you up your chances of learning by 90%.
Planning to Learn before you even go will make the conference a productive return on your creative investment. Anyone else going to Missouri Star Academy?
7 days till I go to @missouriquiltco 's creative conference Missouri Star Academy. It's their first one ever but I'm sure it'll be good. In the meantime I'm counting down with 7 Things to Do Before You Go to a Creative Conference. On the blog tonight.
Little stop to @missouriquiltco today. I saw the license plates of 7 different states in 1 block. A creative destination spot for sure. Took my little with me too.