Preparing for a week-long conference as a woman is different than for guys. Men and women are different, right? 😆
But in all seriousness, it really is different for us. So #WomenofINBOUND ... how do you prepare for a conference?
The ladies of Impulse Creative (and the voices of the Maiden Voyage podcast) have been to INBOUND more than a few times between us all. So I asked them what they did to prepare for their experiences, and we came with a few tips, suggestions, and a little perspective on what to expect at #INBOUND19 and how to prepare.
What to Expect at #INBOUND19 as a #WomanofINBOUND
Just like other major events (sporting events, concerts), the bathroom lines are crazy long between sessions. Leave your session early if you really have to go.
Despite the bathroom situation, be sure to hydrate.
Danielle says don't count on options for dietary restriction solutions. They're great, but not perfect. Come prepared and give yourself time to find alternatives.
Wear comfortable shoes, don’t opt for heels. And bring multiple pairs of comfy shoes. You're going to walk. A ton. Jenn packs her foldable Tieks flats in case her other shoes rub and give her blisters.
And sometimes you're just going to get blisters. It's wise to have an anti blister balm or blister bandages in your purse. And sticking with your feet, Put shoe cushions in your shoes too.
Speaking of purses, Rachel cautioned against bringing a heavy or large purse. Try minimalist, or a small-to-medium backpack.
In that bag, it might be wise to bring Advil, Pepto, other digestive aids or other medications.
Another purse or bag must-have is tissues. You don't want to look for scratchy napkins.
Have fun and take lots of silly photos!
Don’t go wild on jewelry. One of our Impulse ladies said, "I always feel uncomfortable leaving expensive pieces in my hotel room so I try to wear neutral necklaces/earrings/rings that match all my outfits I packed."
This may not be directly a #WomenofINBOUND issue, but it's good to prepare. Bring a physical notebook and pen. Those won't die on you.
Speaking of electronics, you'll want to bring portable chargers with you. Don't get tethered to a wall in the hallway and miss Chelsea Handler. For real.
Be aware of your surroundings if traveling alone, make sure you know where your going prior to going there so you don’t look lost (airport, networking, etc).
Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself at networking events and always go with a plan of who you will want to meet.
Plus, don't be afraid to just strike up conversation. It can be easy to rush from session to session without interacting with others in the sea, or stand in line and check email/post to social media. Look up! Making small talk is the best way to network.
Enjoy yourself. Take time for yourself. If that means swinging on the lawn swings or taking a nap in your hotel room, do it. Self care is critical, even at a great event like #INBOUND19.
Join Impulse Creative for #INBOUND19
Whether you're going to Boston (hit us up and say hi!) or missing this year's event, be sure to follow along on social media. We'll be sharing a ton of content in Twitter, on Instagram, over at LinkedIn. Plan on tuning in for our daily recaps, too. Follow along with Impulse and our team on social channels: