How many of you attend training sessions and conferences as part of your work plan? What are the reasons you attend?
Your manager says you have to go?
You want a few days away from the office?
You are presenting?
Your hero is presenting?
I go to two or three of these events a year. Most of the time, I enjoy all the networking and listening to the various presentations. Then there are those that I LOVE being at.
Last weekend I attended the Pro Blogger Event (with Ms LadyRice and Ms Miss_Brown Fox) here in Melbourne. To say I loved it is an understatement. I felt a little like a kid who got to meet their sporting heroes.
Firstly, I get in the lift and find myself face-to-face with the keynote speaker, Chris Guillebeau; author of “The $100 Start Up” and blog “Art of Non Conformity”. OMG! Yes, I made a fool of myself – but what the hell.
After registering, and waiting for the girls to arrive, I decided to hover around the registration desk hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the blogosphere rock stars.
I was so happy I did. I got to meet (well, sort of pounced on) Beth from baby-mac.com; then Mrs Woogs from woogsworld.com; closely followed by the ever stylish Nikki Parkinson from stylingyou.com.au. I was so excited I nearly peed myself. Then, when I didn’t think it could get any better I met Eden Riley from edenriley.com and winner of the Best Australian Blogs 2012.
There were so many other amazing women who also inspired and motivated me;
Gillian My Square Frying Pan
Vanessa Ten Thousand Tastebuds
Louise Foxy and Fabulous
Just to name a few.
Then there was a fantastic gastronomic cocktail experience at Maha Restaurant on the Friday night. That is a whole other posting.
If you are currently blogging or considering dipping your toes into the blogging pool you MUST attend Pro Blogger Event 2013. You won’t be disappointed. Guest speakers, with various years of experience and skills generously shared with the 300+ attendees. You can still sign up for the Virtual Ticket.
This week I have reflected and reviewed my notes. The three pieces of advice I have stuck on the blackboard to remind me daily are from the very generous and humble Darren Rowse – Mr Pro Blogger himself:
- Be consistent – small actions can have big impact
- Commit 15 minutes a day to grow my blog
- We can change the world!
Even if you’re not a blogger – I challenge you to take on the three actions for a week – and change the world.