Last Minute Tips For Preparing For BlogPaws 2013 Success!

Picture2In less than 48 hours, BlogPaws 2013 will be officially underway. Eeeeppp! Are you ready? Of course you are… probably. If you aren't though, I have some last minute tips you can keep handy to make sure you make the most of your time at
BlogPaws 2013. Naturally, you want to make the most of the investment you've made in the conference — truly, it's the investment you're making in yourself and your pet blogging career. By their very nature, the humans and their pets that attend the conference are tail-waggin' friendly and more than ready to meet and greet, but here are some tips to help you break the ice and reap the full benefit:

  • Why are you attending BlogPaws 2013? Networking? Meeting people you've befriended on socil media? Learning how to monetize your blog? Finding a way to work with pet food suppliers or other pet businesses? Knowing why you want to go will help you focus your efforts.
  • What program sessions are you most interested in? Print out the program, read the descriptions and then decide which sessions you want to attend. Make the most of your time and the learning opportunities available.

  • May in DC is typically beautiful weather and warm and flowers are in full bloom, but hotel conference rooms can be chilly so make certain you bring a sweater. Speaking of flowers in full bloom, if you suffer allergies make sure you’re prepared for that as well!
  • Are you bringing your beloved pet to the conference? Do you have a way to keep her entertained while you’re attending sessions? Does he take well to being left alone in a hotel room? Many of the sessions and dinners and networking events are pet-friendly so chances are he won’t be alone often, but you need to be prepared. Are your pet’s vaccinations up to date? Does your pet get along well with others?
  • Don’t forget to get business cards. If you don’t have business cards, you still have plenty of time to get them before you attend. If you’re not sure what to put on them (if, for example you haven’t really started blogging or haven’t established your presence) at least have your name, email, website (if you have one – and you should!) telephone number and even your pet’s name if she is a relevant part of your pet business. Many people feel that having your photo on your business card is a good idea so keep that in the back of your mind.
  • Do you have an elevator speech prepared? The time to start preparing that is now. What is an elevator speech? It’s your quick and dirty introduction – a memorable phrase or two that those you meet will remember you by. Don’t stress over it, but have a way to break the ice and introduce yourself and it could be as simple and straightforward as, “I’m Jane Doe, happily owned by Fluffy and Fido, and I’m just getting started in pet blogging and can’t wait to learn what you have to teach me!” Straightforward and honest.
  • Following the conference, the real work begins – the follow up. Don’t let the friends and connections you made grow cold. There is no “rule” that you have to wait for someone to approach you first or that you have to wait a specific number of days before you can follow up. Strike while the iron is hot. When you follow up, remind the person that you met at the BlogPaws 2013 session on XYZ or we sat next to each other at the lunch the first day… Jump start their memory of you and get the conversation started.
  • Conferences can be overwhelming for the newbie and the seasoned professional the bottom line is… enjoy yourself and the connections will follow!

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