This coming week I’m headed to one of the largest conferences I’ve ever attended.
I’m no stranger to conferences and workshops. I’ve attended quite a few over the years for Aikido and my day job and local writing conferences. So why am I nervous about this one? I mean, it can’t be any more intimidating than standing barefoot on the mat, with 10-15 guys—big guys—coming at me with a punch or strike, expecting me to throw them across the room, or better yet, pin them to the floor until they tap out—right?
I’m going to be at this conference with friends, fellow journeyers, each of us somewhere along this path in our writing careers. I take great comfort in that and can relax. Then I think about my pitch appointments, and this spider-like dread begins to crawl up my throat. Yeah, bring on the brute with a fist…I know how to take him down.
In preparation, I’ve reviewed, studied and slept on a lot of suggestions and advice. Much of it in the form of Do’s and Don’ts. Great stuff, common sense stuff, don’t-put-your-foot-in-your-mouth stuff.
So here’s my list…All Do’s, (because the “don’ts” are too negative).
Be On Time
Say Thank You
I’m sure you all can add even more to the list. I’d love your comments.
PS. Yes… it was deliberate that Be Nice is on the list 3 times.
PSS. I’m taking next week off from my blog posts, but tune in the following week and I hope to share some things I learned.