My conference list for 2014 – where will you be?

Do you go to personal or professional conferences and events? Do you get a lot out of them?

2014 conference list

As an introvert, heading to a conference with a bunch of people I don’t know can be hugely intimidating. I’m also not a big fan of crowds or loud noises, so one day at a big expo and I need the next three days to recover.

But I’m a big fan of learning, so I constantly push myself to attend events in my areas of interest to keep my ideas and inspiration flowing. That said, I admit I tend to be the one at the back of the room, ready to slip out the door when the speaker asks the audience to team up and share personal details about themselves (does anyone else hate that??).

Conferences and workshops can be pricey, so I tend to be selective in terms of how relevant, valuable and close to home they are to me, but some are just plain can’t-be-missed because of the people who are there, or who the creator of the event is.

So far this year I’ve been to the Los Angeles Fit Expo (which was all kinds of crazy boobs and muscles in spandex) and the Natural Foods Expo in Anaheim which was just all kinds of crazy, period.

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In Februrary I attended a local DIY PR workshop that was great, but totally made my head spin with all the to-do’s I walk away with.  Early in March I started Maria Forleo’s B-School, and although it’s an online event, I’m already blown away by what I’ve taken away from the program.

Next month I’m actually exhibiting at Artisanal LA with my company ProCakes (which I’m equally excited and terrified about). But it’ what I’m SUPER excited about is my May event! I’m heading up to wine country to an entrepreneur/wine safari event (yes, you read that right) called Women, Wine and the Wildebeest. We’ll be “glamping”, learning and drinking wine for a whole weekend, so it’s right up my alley. If you’re in the California area (or even if you’re not), this is one of those can’t-be-missed events that I was talking about. You should come!

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Over the summer I’m also scheduled to attend Blogher, San Jose in July (but I’m thinking of selling my conference pass if you’re interested) and then hopefully Blogfest/Idea World in August.

I’m not quite sure what my fall schedule will bring, but no doubt there will be more to come. I’ve also looked at attending Blend and Fitbloggin, but I’m trying to avoid flying to conferences this year, so I’m going to wait and see where they end up next year.

What about you? What’s on your conference list this year?

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    I went to a conference in January (Imaging US) but hadn’t been to one in years! I do love going to them since you learn new things and get a lot of inspiration. However it can get pricey! I’m exactly how you are… introvert and I’m usually at the back of the room LOL!

    You’re so lucky you live in an area with tons of conference opportunities… there are not many around here so I would have to fly.

    Good luck on your exhibit! You’ll do great!

    • 2

      says

      So of course I had to look up Imagining US. I would LOVE to go to a photography event!! So much creativity in one room would blow my mind for sure. I wish I was better with a camera.

      I am lucky to live in area with lots of conferences, although I also have to deal with LA traffic, so maybe “lucky” is pushing it :)

      LOL…btw, it’s funny that I find many bloggers are introverted, which is why we love this medium of expression so much. Yeah for introverts!!!

    • 4

      says

      That’s really kind of you to say Meghan. I would love to come hang out with you and drink wine and not talk!! LOL… Actually, the thing that threw me off was the accommodations. I’m a girl that likes my own bed! I thought it was unusual to sell half a bed? Plus I’m trying to not over-conference myself. If Utah was a little more drivable, I probably would have considered it more. You’ll have to tell me how it goes.

      Are you planning any other blogger events this year?

  2. 5

    says

    I would be the same way. I really don’t like crowds or being the center of attention though i love learning too. Sounds like you are going to some fun conferences.

  3. 6

    says

    I’d like to go to BlogHer or Fitbloggin, but I generally stick close to home in Southern California if possible. I wish I’d gone to the Natural Foods Expo, but I had a conflict, but I did go to IHRSA in San Diego in March. And I’ll be at Blogfest/IDEAWorld in August. That’s the plan so far.

    • 7

      says

      I’ve never heard of IHRSA! it looks like a conference for fitness clubs, yes? Natural products expo was a gong show, but an interesting experience if you can swing it.

      Hopefully fitbloggin comes to the left coast next year :)

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