Happy Sunday everyone! I am excited that it is one week until time change. I am tired of dark nights and I want to be outside walking in the sunshine. Well, as long as it isn’t raining or( God forbid) snow. As you all know, I am not a fan of Winter and would rather be on the beach.
The funny thing is, today I am doing something totally different. I am on my first cruise, attending a blog conference hosted by Permission to Hustle. How neat is that? You can follow along too, just use the links in the blue box below.
Want to hear something exciting? I am headed on my first cruise adventure. Join me on Feb 29-March 5, 2020 as I set sail with Carnival as part of a #sponsored event! So make sure you follow along on my sea journey. You can head over to my Instagram page, Twitter account, or Facebook page to follow along using the #PTHCarnival hashtag. #ChooseFun #CarnivalParadise #CarnivalCruise
I am networking with 40 amazing online influencers, and I am looking forward to growing and learning and taking my influencer business to the next level. It is scary and exciting.
I admit, I miss my husband very much. Traveling alone was pretty intimidating to me. Generally he is the one that takes the lead with airplane travel, money matters, and more. Now it is just me. Yeah, I am learning a lot about myself, that is for sure. Anyway, back on task.
So now that I am in the process of attending my 2nd conference, I thought I would take the time to share what I learned in my first one!
Enjoy The Experience!
Above anything else, take time to enjoy the experience of learning, and meeting new people. You truly won’t regret it! Have fun getting to know the other attendees, but especially the speakers.
They have worked hard on their presentations, and show them how much you appreciate their hard work. After all, they have lives, their own families, and their own blogs to attend to. Tell them how their sharing of knowledge helped to inspire you in building your own business.
Don’t Go Into A Conference With Pre-conceived Notions
Before the conference, I took the time to look around at the speakers blogs and social media accounts. It is definitely intimidating when you attend your first blog conference to see all those bloggers with HUGE numbers.Don’t think that just because they are successful, doesn’t mean they won’t talk to you.
Be Ready To Learn
I was so nervous about interacting with people, that I almost forgot to get my notebook out and start taking notes. Once I worked the knot out of my stomach, I was able to do just that. It was fun to write ideas I could use in my sparkly pink notebook.
Time To Network, Network. NETWORK!
This is the time to get over your fears and put yourself out there. I finally got out of my seat after a few deep breaths and started talking to a few of the attendees. Took a few more deep breaths and I handed out some of my business cards that I ordered.
It Is All About Visual Presentation
In case you haven’t noticed, there aren’t any real life pictures in the post. Why? Because my phone’s camera was HORRIBLE. I have since upgraded my phone and plan on taking pictures and, *gasp* have some taken of me!
Don’t Be Afraid To Say “I Am Lost, Can I Tag Along?”
I ended up following a bunch of ladies to lunch, and it really was a good time. Besides having a good meal, I’d like to think I made a few friends, as well. Or at least people I can form partnerships with.
I liked that my first blog conference was well organized. The available agenda was really helpful in knowing what was next so I could switch gears. I have always been a lover of schedules, so this was perfect for me.
All in all, the experience associated with my first blog conference was worth the stress of driving by myself. It was worth the hours I spent worrying about not being ready. But most importantly, it was worth it from the knowledge that I gained in order to boost my influencing business in the future.
And I plan I applying all of that to this conference and see where it takes me!
So now that I got the influencer update in, the rest of life has been the same. Work, home, rinse, repeat. I am hoping to work with some companies on some home improvement projects as well.
So that’s it! I hope you are following along with my sea-faring adventure. I am sure I will have lots to share once I return home!