It was a little over a month ago that I was in Atanta, GA attending my first #type-a parent conference. Sure I attended the Bootcamp in Walt Disney World, which was amazing in and of itself, but I heard such fabulous things about Type A that I was so excited to be attending for the first time.
As I got to my hotel I settled in. I looked around for a place to eat for dinner. The hotel suggested a great place Gordon Biersch right across from the hotel, and since I was a little early for dinner I pretty much had the place to myself.
That night I stopped at the VIP Reception and met some wonderful people. Got the chance to meet Monique Johnson and Crystal Collins from DIY Mobile. Then it was time to head back for a full day of learning at the first day of Type-A Parent.
The morning started off with a great breakfast and networking. I got to meet some really wonderful women. Some I knew like Sara Broers who I met a few years prior at Bloggy Con, but stayed in touch. Then I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Susanne Young, Celeste Eatherton, and Alisha Lampley. The great thing about this group of ladies is every morning we sat together, and attended the parties at night together, even though we may have split up to attend different presentations during the day. We felt a sisterhood, and I enjoyed their company.
Our keynote speaker was Mack Collier:
We also got to listen to some other wonderful speakers Julie Cole from Mabel Labels.
— Special & Determined (@JacobisSpecial) September 19, 2014
Love the panel discussions were so great to hear from fellow bloggers and to bounce questions off them:
The one on one Vlogging session I had with Desiree Miller was so insightful. Great opportunity to learn from the best:
— Desiree Miller (@DesireeMiller) September 20, 2014
So much learning and networking was taking place: That night I had the wonderful opportunity to join Rowland Day, CEO and Founder of Websafety at a brand dinner. This was wonderful to speak to a brand that you want to potentially partner with. After dinner we attended a #disneyside Party. I received a pirate mouse hat, which was perfect as it was “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. The during the day you got to meet the sponsors at their tables. This was so wonderful to chat with them, figure out a way you can partner together or how their product can help your business and of course the freebies are always great. Thanks Redfin for my charger. How can you not be excited about taking a picture with Lassie. I can’t wait to work with this non-profit organization Save The Children. They are doing such wonderful work keeping our children safe. Here is another great company that I plan to partner with. I think their product is wonderful!
The breakout sessions were great. I learned so much from all of them. So much information to take back and start implementing.
As I headed back to my room to decompress and get ready for tonight’s party. I decided to share a picture of the Must-Haves I bring to a conference:
Must Haves for Blogging Conferences:
1) Plently of Business Cards
2) Tablet, Ipad or computer
3) Wireless mouse as you will be doing a lot of typing whether it’s tweeting, instagramming or taking notes
5) Portable charger
8) Essential oils (definite)
But we had one more party to attend, and that was the 90’s party. These ladies and yes men know how to have fun after a day filled with learning and networking.
So I got on my 90’s Clueless costume and went down with my fellow Type-A Parent bloggers to have fun.
We ended this wonderful conference with an amazing speaker, one that I truly connected with, Thom Singer. What he talked about was networking isn’t a digital thing. When you go to a conference you can’t always have your face in your phone or even with your family. I retweeted the following tweet from a fellow blogger because is exactly what he was talking about:
— Deb Ng (@debng) September 21, 2014
Here is another quote.
Basically what he is saying is get back to writing thank you notes instead of texting or emails. 2014 is the year of the handwritten note.
What a way to end an amazing conference. Here is the tweet that I ended with:
— Special & Determined (@JacobisSpecial) September 21, 2014
Then a quick tweet to Kelby Hartson Carr the Chief Executive Officer of Type-A Parent:
So enclosing you can see why the Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, GA is already on my calendar for 2015. Ticket is purchased and hotel is booked. You will definitely not want to miss this #blogging conference next year, register at Type-A Parent Conference.