That big stack of Business cards you brought? Ya, Definitely Not Enough
I was so fortunate to meet so many talented bloggers and amazing brands that I was business card happy. By day two, I was using my day job cards to be able to keep in contact with these beauties. Plus, there were so many opportunities to win some major swag if you leave your card at brand’s booths, who can say no to that?
Portable Chargers are totally worth the Investment
Being plugged in by tweeting, instagramming and checking out your new friends blogs all day totally drains your battery. I thought I was ahead of the game bringing my outlet chargers but I wasn’t close to an outlet at all times. Thank god for Spark Session partner, Best Buy Canada’s Charger Station, I owe ya one!
Think of the bloggers you meet as your community not competition
It’s really easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others especially when you know they are uber talented, but it is so important to check yourself and realize you just met a new partner in crime! These new lovelies are people who know the ups and downs of the blogging world, speaks your language and would be the first to offer a great piece of advice!
Network, Network & Network some more!
I know you already know this one but it’s so important it needs to be said again. Not only are you getting the chance to get some great advice, from panelists, speakers and brands you dreamt of working with one day, there will also be fab ladies in your shoes who can put you in touch with the right people. A quote from Panelist, Rema Gouyez of The Burgundy Book & Benefit Cosmetics Canada really stuck with me. She said, “For every person you meet, get 5 names of people you should meet next!”
Being in a room hundreds of bloggers is overwhelming and by the end of day 2, it becomes a blur. Make sure your elevator pitch has something that stands out! I came to the Toronto Conference from Windsor and I was pretty sure I was going to be the only one, so I made sure to include that in my pitch. But, True story, I shared a cab with a lovely blogger on the way home and we chatted and exchanged info and then realized we ALREADY met this weekend. Haha, talk about overwhelmed. Well, at least it was a laugh for us two.
Take the Time to Reach Out After
This one is a biggie, I know after we leave Spark Sessions it is back to reality and for me, that’s home to Windsor, back to my day job and the mundane things that need to get done like fold those 2 baskets of laundry staring at me, but you must remember to reach out soon to the lovely people you met to keep up your brand new relationship. Even though it will be a major investment in time, it will definitely benefit you in the long run.