Saturday, September 23, 2006

Frustration in Glass City

The Annual Women's Entrepreneurial Network conference was yesterday. It was great and frustrating for me all at the same time. Great was the wonderful day put together by the conference committee. We had two inspiring keynote speakers, Scott Ginsberg, "the nametag guy" and Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. There were wonderful outbreak sessions, too. Both Scott and Gail each led such a session. In Scott's, where he talked about the Seven Habits of Highly Horrible Networkers, I think we probably broke the fire code for that room. Every seat was taken and many people sat on the floor.

Frustration for me was two-fold: 1) my camera didn't work, so I was not able to take one picture of this wonderful day and 2) I didn't get to connect with as many people as I had wanted to. I guess I just need to have a better plan for making the connections happen. I have taken care of the camera issue with the purchase today of a new Cannon SD 600. It is about the size of a 1/2 inch thick credit card. Neat!

When you go to a one day conference that is jam-packed full of people to meet, exhibitors to see, and speakers to hear, what is your secret for making it all happen for you?


Sandy of Sandy's Stuff for Women said...

This may sound counter-productive and anti-networking rules, but I don't put any pressure on myself when going to a day-long educational event. I had two goals for Friday (the same WEN conference):

1. to learn new things to help me with my business (goal accomplished) and
2. to reconnect with old friends I hadn't seen in a while (goal accomplished).

Sometimes not setting high standards for yourself lets you just relax and enjoy.

maggie said...

Maggie of Maggie et al, The Traveling Jewelry Queen!!

Hi Debby. In my mind the WEN Conferences are always a time where you take a deep breath and just hit "GO" at 7:00 a.m. and wonder where the time went at 4:30! There are always those I see across the room but cannot find later; but, the plus part is that I meet so many new faces in between where I started and across the room. What a fantastic day it was on Friday, September 22, 2006. The best ever and Scott and Gail certainly were a big part of that. So was your workshop, which I so enjoyed!! I learned so much on Friday and plan to put it to good use!! Thanks Debby for your part in the wonderful day.

merri said...

My goals were to sit in on two things - and I did that in such a way that I heard the two keynoters, whether during their presentations or during a seminar;
and then I also wanted to wander around when most people were flocking to another seminar and just mingle with those who were left behind. I was able to do that, also.
As an added bonus, someone I reconnected with while mingling
needed something I could deliver -
a promised introduction to someone in my hub firm. Made her feel good,
me look good and the person in my hub feels great!