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.
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!
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!
photo by me.