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How to Maximize the Benefits of a Blogging Conference

Imagine an empty room with no people, just chairs, a projector and maybe a podium. In the room is nothing but still objects. There is no hate, jealousy, anger, sadness or envy. We won’t find any peace, joy, happiness or love in there because it is emptied of emotions. Until, we walk inside. Once we enter the room, we walk OUT with exactly what we brought IN. This post is about how maximize the benefits of blogging conferences or workshops. Everything you read is based on my personal experience, and it is only meant to be an inspiration to you the next time you find yourself heading to a gathering of like minded people.

In 2013, I attended my first blogging conference, The Hive in Berlin. It had only been about three months since I started my blog, and I wanted to meet people and be inspired by other creatives in the same field. What intrigued me the most was learning something new from people I never had met. When I left I was invigorated and excited to get going with my blog. It was there I met some of the most wonderful people I know today! I learned that what I bring to an experience is what I leave with, it is quite simple and very easy; however, there are a few things that helped me realize this.

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Just like the petals of a flower, we are all part of the same beautiful concept. Embrace your fellow friends for we are all part of the same stem.

Intentions are great but without execution they are just a wish. What is your intention with attending the conference? Get clear on this first, and you won’t have loose ends to tie up at five o’clock on the last day.  If there is a particular person you want to speak with or ask a question be sure to give them enough time to make the time because most people are flattered you would even care to ask them anything! If you just want to go to have fun then by all means have fun!

Take nothing personal. At my first conference, I wanted to meet a particular blogger I found fascinating. We had exchanged emails a few times just days before the conference. When I had the courage to go up and ask her if she could spare a few minutes she had no clue who I was, and I was just standing there like a wet noodle. I felt so silly! I took it personally and learned a lot from that interaction. Back then, I didn’t have the tools to deal with impersonalizing situations with people but today I have a practice to take things for face value and never create stories.

A grateful heart is always in style. If you find yourself not liking something then just look around you and remind yourself how lucky you are just to be sitting in the chair you are in! It is so easy to pass a quick judgement and we all do it from time to time. We also know it doesn’t get anyone anywhere. Be grateful for the food, water, goodie bags, oh heck be grateful for it all! It never hurts us, right?

Willingness. I will say one thing, if we are willing to see things differently, our experience at a conference or a gathering is going to be a lot different in terms of what we take home with us. No one likes a know-it-all and, to be honest, a beginner’s mind is always going to move us forward. I always find when walking into any situation as if I am learning everything for the first time I learn much more. Walk in with open eyes, heart and mind and watch the miracles unfold! Sounds kind of odd but trust me on this one!

Our experience at a blogging conference can also be maximized by leaving our judgement at the door along with our coat.  An opinionated attitude get us nowhere and fast!I always find it helpful to make it a practice not to judge others for their choices or beliefs, but I am human and it happens from time to time; I won’t lie. >>What matters is that we don’t do anything with our judgements.<< We keep them to ourselves and release them because at the end of the day they are nothing but inner debris that gets in the way of a fantastic experience.

Let’s participate in adding more love in the world, not subtracting it!

Stay humble.

Speak thoughtfully.

Ask questions.

Listen deeply.

Give thanks to those who organize the event, I promise you they will appreciate it.

Most of all, have a blast and remember, you are there for a reason so make it a great one!

Blessings,

Jocelyn

photo by me.

  • April 2, 2015 - 5:58 pm

    Yvonne - Not to take something personal is my number one tip! That is not so easy, as you built up excitement and then, if it doesn’t work out like you imagine you are dissapointed and question everything. Like a Christmas you see in advertising.

    So glad we put through the The Hive, you came to The Hive and came back to The Hive.

    YvonneReplyCancel

    • April 3, 2015 - 7:27 pm

      Jocelyn - Yvonne, It’s like realizing there is no Santa Claus. I have been there before too 🙂 I will be there next year! I promise!!! Jocelyn xReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2015 - 6:58 pm

    Sarita@The Orange Gift Bag - Feeling grateful and thankful comes easily and naturally to me. And it makes life so much better. But not taking things personally? I do that all the time…have to really work hard from creating those stories!ReplyCancel

    • April 7, 2015 - 1:58 pm

      Jocelyn - Hi Sarita,

      I totally understand the making up of stories. It is so easy to do and it seems to happen so fast (for me) until I catch myself and remember whatever the “story” is, it isn’t reality. Thank you for stopping by! xxReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    Emilie - I will be at The Hive this weekend so it’s nice to be able to read your post before 😉
    Emilie
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    • April 7, 2015 - 1:59 pm

      Jocelyn - Hi Emilie,

      What a beautiful blog you have! I am glad you found this post supportive and I wish you a wonderful time at The Hive! Jocelyn xxReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 2:31 am

    Catherine @ farmhousehome - Such good advice, sometimes these conferences can feel intimidating and it’s all about approaching it in the right way. I always take something away from your posts Jocelyn, this time it’s “practice to take things for face value and never create stories”. So valuable, thank you! xxReplyCancel

    • April 7, 2015 - 2:02 pm

      Jocelyn - Hi Catherine, it makes me smile on the inside knowing you take something away from my posts. I am glad my experiences and lessons can inspire others…this is exactly why I created this space. I have to work on not creating stories every single day and it helps me slow down a lot, sometimes a little more than I like. Thank you for being here and I wish you and your family a wonderful day. Jocelyn xxReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    tina @ Colourliving - What a lovely post and so important.

    I remember my first conference… err, the Hive in 2012! I just loved everything about it.

    HOWEVER, I am aware how cliquey they can get and when I was a novice I was just over excited and open hearted.

    These days I don’t find them that agreeable. Too many driven bloggers with too many agendas.

    I happen to be in Berlin at the same time as the Hive so am looking forward to see whether I will feel the same way I did 3 years ago. You will be missed lovely.

    xxReplyCancel

    • April 17, 2015 - 8:43 pm

      Jocelyn - Sorry for missing this comment, Tina! I cannot wait to see you in Dublin! Thank you for stopping by 🙂 xxReplyCancel

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