In April, I took the plunge I never anticipated that I would take.
I purchased a ticket to the BlissDom Canada 2013 Conference. It may have taken a few nudges and words of encouragement from my husband, but I did it. I nervously and excitedly processed the payment, and earned the golden ticket to Bliss. It felt so surreal.
With the conference 6 months away, I felt a sense of calm. I had tons of time to plan, prepare and continually talk myself into actually attending the event. There were more than a handful of occasions that I contemplated selling my ticket.
BlissDom Canada wouldn’t be the first social media conference that I would have attended. In previous years, I had gotten my feet wet at other conferences that I wouldn’t say would measure on the same scale as that of BlissDom.
Before I knew it BlissDom Canada was here.
Crazy to think that at this time last week I was arriving at the Delta Meadowvale, checking in and getting ready to head out to the Sponsor Meet ‘n Treat to connect and network with with many old and new friends.
Upon arriving at the hotel, I was met with a fist full of nerves.
What if I didn’t fit in?
What if I felt like an outsider, and everyone had already found their clique?
Was I making the best decision for me?
So many questions crossed through my mind. Questions that really were a non-issue from the get-go.
I was immediately greeted by other attendees with hugs and friendly conversation. Deep down it was comforting to know that many others had felt just as nervous, uneasy, albeit excited as I had. Really there wasn’t a need for all those trivial concerns.
The vibe I felt at BlissDom Canada was that of being part of a supportive community. A community where we all shared one common interest, goal or vision. BlissDom Canada was like a second family! A huge family.
BlissDom Canada changed my life.
The 4 days I spent at the conference were absolutely wonderful, and nothing short of inspirational. There were many laughs, some tears and a wealth of information. I took so much away from the conference. A lot of the information I walked with I am still processing. Trust me there is a lot take in. I left the conference having made a lot of new friends.
In fact, I met a wonderful person at the conference, Brandy. It’s honour to say that she was my roommate for the whole of the conference. From the moment I met her it had honestly felt like we had been lifelong friends. Not just friends meeting for the first time in real life. It’s not often that you encounter a special friendship or form a bond like the one we did.
The conference has come and gone, and the post-bliss hangover is setting in.
Where do we go from here?
- Take the time to process everything. Reflect on your notes, and process all the information that you retained from the informational sessions.
- Write down creative visions. I don’t know about you, but I took a lot away from the micro sessions. One session that stands out in my mind is Julie Nowell’s Creative Pitches and Sponsored Posts. This session left my mind overflowing (like a volcano mid-eruption, lava spewing everywhere). Take the time to write down any creative ideas that you have for future blog posts or game plans for your business. The last thing you want to do is sit on it and forget about it. Write your creative visions all down while they are still fresh in your memory.
- Make an action plan and put it into motion. Where do you want your blog or business to go from here? Set goals with realistic dates of accomplishment.
- Follow-Up. Did you exchange business cards with other attendees or brands at the conference? A week post-conference, I always make a point to follow-up with any of the new connections I have gained. This keeps you fresh in their memory. It also lays the groundwork for developing a solid relationship.
- Re-Assess. In 6 months, take the time to sit down and reflect on where you are now as an individual in your business. Were you able to achieve all the goals that you had set out for yourself? Set other goals in motion that you would like to achieve by the next BlissDom Conference. Trust me – after attending your first BlissDom Conference you will want to attend the next one!