There’s a reason I’m a blogger: I enjoy the comfort of my computer screen. For me, it’s much harder to break out of my shell and actually (gasp!) speak to people face to face.
I have a feeling that I’m not alone among others in the writing profession. So, here are a few tips for navigating a big conference when you’d rather be snuggled up in your bed
hiding under the covers watching HGTV.
When I heard about the Haven Conference, I knew I had to go. Some of my favorite bloggers and design/DIY experts were going to be there, and I knew it was going to be a great opportunity to learn much more about the blogging world.
Still, the thought of rooms packed full of people makes me want to run away screaming, so I knew I had to buckle down and pull up the bootstraps if I was going to have a good time.
Here are some tips if you’ve ever felt the same way about heading to a conference:
Tip #1: Bring A Friend & Pretend You Just Met Her
I was really excited when I saw Kelly, who guest wrote a hilarious post about saving some moolah with black beans for me a while back. I knew she was sweet and kind. (And let’s face it, with that gorgeous curly hair, I was pretty sure it was her.) Luckily, she took me under her wing and introduced me to many more wonderful bloggers.
Tip #3: Try Not To Get Overwhelmed
All being introverted really means is that when it’s time to recharge, we need to be alone. Extroverts, on the other hand, get their energy from others. So, at the end of a long, jam packed conference, realize it’s okay to sit back and chill a little.
Take the time to go through your business cards, tweet people, and update your blog.