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I won’t lie. I find conferences to be scary. A room of strangers with a million ideas being thrown around? It’s exciting and exhausting all at the same time. So, before I even step foot onto the show floor, I do some prep. Having a plan helps me focus on why I’m at the conference to begin with.
Content Marketing World is next week. And it can be overwhelming, even for conference pros and alumni. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Content Marketing Institute VP of Marketing Cathy McPhillips and Nationwide Content Marketing Consultant Mike Myers are no strangers to CMWorld. That’s why we wanted to know their secret tips and tricks for navigating the event.
Below is a brief look at our recent Twitter chat with Cathy and Mike. If you’d like to see a complete list of questions and responses, head over to our Twitter Moments. (Yes, that’s plural. Our community had a LOT to say on this topic! Here are Moments 1 and Moments 2.)
But before we get to the summary, a quick note: Did you know Cathy started the #CMWorld Twitter chats? She wanted a way to bring together speakers and attendees year-round. That was in 2013. Today we’re closing in on chat number 250! Thank you, Cathy, for making our in-person encounters so awesome. The chats have helped us create lasting relationships that make us smarter marketers and better people!
A2: I usually mingle around the food. There’s always something to chat about when food is around. It can help start conversation “oh look the rice krispy treats are orange!” and then lead into a more in depth conversation. #CMWorld
— Alex Crump (@alcrump12) August 28, 2018
A2: I recommend making a game out of networking. It can be nervewracking to go to a new place with people you don’t know. So, in the first year, I made a bingo sheet to help people meet folks. #CMWorld
— Maureen Jann (@SuperDeluxeMo) August 28, 2018
— Jim MacLeod (@JimMacLeod) August 28, 2018
A2: Join the online community first! Make plans to meet in person during the event. #CMWorld
— Emilie Moreland (@writtenbyemilie) August 28, 2018
A5 Soft touch: see if they’re on Twitter and follow them. Next: look for them at subsequent social gatherings. But as the question denotes, don’t be weird (or creepy) #CMWorld
— Dennis Shiao ✍️ (@dshiao) August 28, 2018
— Ben H. Rome (@bhrome) August 28, 2018
A5: That’s why I like live tweeting as well – when you tag the speaker, it makes them more receptive to talk with you later in the conference when they see you have engaged them during their talk #cmworld
— Scott Lum (@ScottLum) August 28, 2018
This topic is not new for many in our community. Several have written about their own experiences.
One last thing. Mike offered great advice for everyone.
First-timers and marketers attending solo, want the best conference experience ever? Then don’t miss Cathy and Mike’s session Tuesday afternoon. There is still time to grab a CMWorld ticket. But hurry, online registration ends soon.