how to network after a conference

I went to my first blog conference over the weekend- Build Your Blog Conference 2014.

It was a bit overwhelming to get home with a bulging suitcase, a full bag of swag, and a million business cards. I don’t go to conferences. I don’t know what to do with all this information and paper things now in my possession. I’m a stay at home mom. I wipe butts.

So, I started googling and thinking and now I’m sharing HOW TO NETWORK AFTER A CONFERENCE!

how to network after a conference radmomcoolkid.com

1. Unwind
-I need ibuprofin, pajamas, a foot rub, and a night of sleep before tackling the post-conference to do list

2. Analyze
-What worked?
-What didn’t?
-Ideas for next time

3. Go Through Notes
-Highlight
-Fill in thoughts you didn’t finish
-Look up things you didn’t understand
-Summarize

4. Reevaluate Goals/Brainstorm
-Did you learn something new that changes your end goal? Think it out and change your goals if you need to
-Write down new ideas or collaborations you think of

5. New Systems
-Did you learn a better way to do something? Start doing it NOW.

6. Email: roommates and new blogger friends
-Follow their social media accounts

7. Email: conference organizers, presenters and brands
-Follow social media accounts
-Ask for an electronic copy of presentations and handouts

8. Join the Conversation
-Search the hashtags on social media- like, comment, follow/friend, and participate!

9. Respond to people who email you!

And now, a bit about Build Your Blog-

BYB was first on my list when I started looking at different conferences because it is for people who are clueless, people who are on the bunny slope, people who are clinging to the edge of the pool with arm floaties and a ring. Also, it’s in my city so I didn’t have to spend extra money getting there.

It was great- I learned a few things during the presentations and made some connections with brands I’d like to work with. I also made some new blogger buddies- one of my favorite things about blogging!

Here are some of the great ladies I had fun chatting a bit with- check their blogs out!

Amy from Little Dairy on the Prairie
McKenzie from Girl Loves Glam
Kara from The Joys of Boys
Pam from Over the Big Moon

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Comments

  1. I am already getting emails from the conference! These girls are on top of it! I am still trying to unwind and prep more blog posts! Lol.

    • It takes a few days to get back to normal, huh?! My brain was totally fried by the end of Saturday- I literally just kept my mouth shut because any time I opened it people said things like, “Oh, you are our cute ‘blonde’ blogger!” Not the moniker I was hoping for!! I could barely remember my own name at the end!

  2. Such great tips – I too have gone through everything and now have a giant list of things to-do! It was amazing meeting you and your blog is amazing! Are you going to SNAP? Let’s keep in touch lady!

    Pam
    http://www.overthebigmoon.com

  3. What great tips – it was so nice getting to spend some time with you at the conference! Once I get situated, I’ll implement some of these great ideas :) Pinning!

  4. Holy cow – I’m so behind. First Alt and then BYBC – I’m in need of an email-writing assistant. Seriously. You’re the cutest – so fun to see you girl!

    • Sounds like you do need an assistant! Good luck with the post-conference to-do list and it was so great to see you this weekend, too!

  5. Great tips. I am just about ready to start writing some emails and reconnect with the great ladies I met at BYBC.

  6. As someone on the other side of the blog (the business side, looking for bloggers) I agree with point #9. It is imperative to make an impression with the companies looking to hire bloggers, and have a timely manner to answer questions regarding your social media stats or media kit. If you are looking to make a blog for profit, you need to be on top of things 24/7. I cannot tell you how many times we have left someone in the dust or hired someone else, simply because they didn’t reply to their emails. And the excuse is (I’m sorry, I’m just busy with my kids) and while that is a legitimate reason, It bugs when they present themselves as a business and they don’t conduct themselves as one. Just my two ‘grumpy’ cents!

    Jazmin

    • Thank you for sharing your perspective, Jazmin! It’s such a learning process to start out as a mom with a blog that morphs into a business. I imagine that it is disappointing to start a relationship with a blogger that seems great and then goes south when they drop the ball. Great tip!

  7. Such great ideas and now I’m only working on my LIST of things I want to do with everything I learned, and hopefully I’ll actually get started on it tonight or tomorrow!

  8. love this post. I didn’t go to any conferences yet, but this is great advice for when I start going eventually!

    • Thanks, Emily! Conferences should be on your list of things to do for 3 reasons: great presenters, interacting with brands, and meeting other bloggers who will become your network of friends to answer your questions!

  9. I LOVE this list! I love the first points about just coming home and letting it all soak in. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed this week trying to get caught up from being gone and feeling the need to incorporate EVERYTHING I learned at once. I just need to take it one day at a time. :) It was so nice to meet you! I can’t wait to get to know you better at the Mom it Forward retreats!

  10. It was great seeing everyone at the conference – I love all of your tips!

  11. Great post! I think I forgot the unwind part. Better go find my new leggings and get comfy!

  12. We have received a couple of emails from conference. It’s so exciting. I am a bit on brain overload still though. So much great information. Thank you for this list. I am pinning it to refer to later.

  13. Awesome post Briton! I totally am still on the unwind point but I know I’ll get there eventually!

  14. Hi Briton,

    Thanks for the post. I have my huge stack o’ business cards and I’m starting to go slowly through them, plus all the materials I got from the sponsors. Good thing is that I’ve already gone through my swag and already shared some of it with my older kids. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all my leftover media kits!

  15. Great tips! Jumping back into “life” after a few days away is always hectic! It was so fun meeting you, I’m loving your blog! Thanks for the shout out!!

  16. it was great meeting you. Thanks for the organizing tips. I am such a scatterbrain and this really helped to bring things into perspective for me and stay focused.

  17. You are right — after the conference is the perfect time to regroup and reorganize while connecting with other bloggers and brands. The tip I have trouble following myself is to unwind — if only there were more hours in the day.

  18. Great info here. You’re saying I have to follow up? Augh! ;) That’s the hard part.

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