One week from today, right-leaning activists and digital experts will convene in Orlando, Florida for two days of sharing, brainstorming and learning at AFP’s RightOnline Conference. I attended RightOnline in Minneapolis (2011) and Las Vegas (2012) , and now I’m looking forward to attending my third RightOnline conference this year.
I have learned a few things along the way that you may find helpful:
1. If you think you have enough battery power on your phone or tablet to last the day…well, you don’t! If you think you use your phone a lot already, just wait until you get into a room full of people who sleep with their cell phones. Use that Mophie case and bring an external battery pack, or, make finding a hidden plug your top priority because those outlets will get snatched up fast.
2. Take time to meet people. Network, grab a drink in the bar after the sessions, have lunch with someone new. There are so many talented people that are very accessible. You can learn a lot from those social conversations.
3. Attend the sessions. Ok, so you might miss a couple in the morning, but… Even if you think you know everything there is to know about, for example, Facebook, I guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before. The digital world changes so quickly, and new features are added all the time. New features bring new strategies and tactics. Plus, hearing how others do things could give you ideas to improve your own productivity.
4. Take lots of notes, but be selective with them when you get home. The most frustrating thing for me after I get home from a conference of any kind is that I’m energized, have a thousand new ideas, want to do them all, yet only have time for two. Recognize that you will not have time to implement or change everything you’d like to, and choose your priorities wisely.
5. Bring a variety of clothing. Let’s face it. It’s Orlando. In August. I envision 95 degrees and humid. However, those conference rooms can be chilly! Bring a light cardigan or jacket to throw over your arms if you get cold easily. Wear sensible shoes. (I never do, and I always regret it. But they look good, right?) And, if someone can see up your skirt when you sit down, perhaps its too short.
Those tips should get you through RightOnline and back home ready to take on the online world of politics with new strategies and new connections.
If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time. Register at rightonline.com and join Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin), Patrick Ruffini (@patrickruffini), Arthur Brooks (@ArthurBrooks) and many others in Orlando next Friday & Saturday. I promise it will be a good time! See you there!