The last time I mentioned Blogfest was in March and now we’re counting down the days. I learned a few things when I attended Blogfest for the first time last year. No, you won’t have time to go back to your room to shower as often as you would probably like. Yes, you will use your phone ALOT. Yes, you will have to eat on the go throughout the day. Yes, you will sweat. Yes, you will go home with more stuff than you arrived with. Yes, it’s fabulous!
Take advantage of what I learned and use these tips to make the most out of your experience at Blogfest and IDEA World Fitness Conference:
Know ahead of time what events/sessions you don’t want to miss. Before you leave home look over the event schedule. Once you’ve mapped out a plan, print a copy of the conference schedule to keep with you.
Bring an extra suitcase or make sure to leave a lot of room when you pack. You’re going to need it to bring home purchases, freebies galore and Sweat Pink swag.
Research the event sponsors and brands that will be exhibiting or giving demos. Make note of who you want to connect with. Learn more about the company and get to know them ahead of time. The opportunity to interact with brands and presenters, however brief, can be invaluable.
Take advantage of the awesome opportunities to workout with Jillian Michaels, and Keynote speaker Gabrielle Reece will lead her HighX class.
Speaking of workouts, keep in mind clothes for after the workouts and whether or not you will have the opportunity to go to your hotel to change and freshen up.
Make sure to take advantage of the fact that you’re also attending the largest fitness convention in the world, IDEA World Fitness Convention. On Saturday and Sunday you’ll have access to amazing classes, demos, and certification opportunities.
Bring business cards and always have them easily accessible. Don’t be shy about handing them out. Include your blog name and URL, social media handles, and contact information. After the conference, I went through the business cards I collected from other attendees and some of the brands and connected with them via social media channels and follow up emails.
Bring a bag that gives you an easy comfortable way to carry everything throughout the day. My recommendation is a backpack. That way you can keep your hands free to take pictures, hand out business cards, make notes, etc. It’s also less cumbersome when you’re in a crowded space.
Take notes during the seminars and classes. There will be a lot of great information and you’re going to want to remember it. Whether it’s a tablet, laptop or pen and paper, have a way to make note of information, names, phone numbers, emails, contacts, etc.
Keep snacks and a refillable water bottle with you. More on this and tips to healthify traveling in tomorrow’s post.
Plan how you’re going to keep your phone, iPad, camera battery, etc. charged. Outlets will be limited and everyone will be doing the same. Bring a portable charger or even a power strip (to share).
Dress comfortably. I wore yoga pants or shorts the entire weekend with the exception of a dinner or 2. Be prepared for chilly conference rooms.
Even with all of the fantastic classes, workouts, speakers and training sessions, the absolute best part of attending Blogfest is the people. Meeting friends in real life that you feel like you’ve known forever [through their blogs] and making new friends that you will keep in touch with long after the conference is over.
It’s a whirlwind of a weekend and, honestly, it’s exhausting, but with a little planning and a lot of energy and enthusiasm, Blogfest will be an unforgettable experience.
Are you going to Blogfest? Do you have any questions about attending? Have you ever attended a blogging conference?
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