Thursday, October 11, 2012
If you've been following me along this week, you've probably seen on twitter and on the website Aiming Low, that Aiming Low is holding their conference this weekend in beautiful Callaway Gardens, Georgia.
I'll be hosting a RoundTable session there on Friday, and I wish you all could be there. (would be so great) The opening keynote for Aiming Low's first ever "non-conference" is by JC Little, the astonishingly talented artist who blogs at The Animated Woman, and closing out the weekend is Ree Drummond, of The Pioneer Woman.
This is my 4th conference (I know!) and with each one, I've come back smarter and determined to do things differently at the next one.
I made my list tonight of the things I remembered I have to remember to do at a conference. It's typed up and coming with me:
This Time, I Will Remember To:
--Bring my camera along
--Take important phone numbers along
--Find out people's real names so you don't ask Kymberli if she knows when JW Moxie is coming in (oh, she'll know. Since SHE is JW Moxie)
--Pack snacks because planes do get stuck on runways
--Take the address of the hotel I'll be staying in
--Remember the business cards
--Remember the toothbrush and floss (throw in extra floss)
--Hand lotion is nice, too
--Buy my family souvenirs RIGHT AWAY because you always run out of time
--Make sure that I have my driver's license
--Drink water before I go so I don't get light headed
--Bring my glasses so I can read and see and drive
--Don't pack big liquid bottles in the carry-on, they'll just throw it out. And pull me out of the line to ask my permission to throw it out.
--Take only four outfits and nothing more. They're only clothes.
--Remember the cell phone and charger!!!
--Tylenol tylenol and tylenol.
--Talk to people I don't know. Maybe they'll appreciate it, maybe they won't. But it's the right thing to do.
--Don't get hurt if someone looks at me funny when I try to talk to them. It could be that they forgot the Tylenol tylenol and tylenol.
--Take breaks in bathrooms to deep breathe and relax. Deep breathe and relax. I paid, I'm there, don't think "your money's worth" means being in learning mode the whole time. The money's done been spent already.
--Remember that I came to meet people I've liked online for so long. Don't expect grand things, but if something blossoms beyond the computer, take it like that extra scoop of ice cream Mr. Ottenstein used to give me with a wink when I was little.
I'll be back Sunday night, and let you know all about it. In the meantime, if you want to see the gorgeous Callaway Garden Resort where Aiming Low is having their conference, looky here.
Yeah. (I know!)