I’m on an adventure! I’ve come all the way to Palm Springs, California to attend Alt Summit, a conference and community for creative entrepreneurs and influencers (https://altitudesummit.com/). I’m so excited to be here and I’ve been looking forward to it for months. I will be doing a post next week on the full conference, but here are my first impressions since my arrival…
I flew in to Los Angeles and spent a couple of days with my friends who live out there before heading to Palm Springs. The big question I had was how would I get here from LA? I debated renting a car or getting a cab but decided both of those options would be too expensive so in the end I booked a Greyhound bus. Well, let me tell you now, it was quite an experience! The bus itself was fine, but waiting to board at the station in a dodgy part of LA and getting dropped in the middle of nowhere and hoping an Uber wasn’t far away was not really my idea of fun! Once I had arrived at my hotel I found Palm Springs to be a lovely place full of cute mid-century style houses and stunning scenery; plenty of palm trees against a backdrop of mountains and blue sky.
The conference is split over three hotels: The Riviera, The Saguaro and Ace. I’m staying at the Riviera, which is where the majority of talks and workshops are taking place. After a nice lunch in the hotel restaurant I headed over to the Chiki pool for registration and the welcome party where they had a soda and popcorn bar. I love attending things like this, but I always struggle with the networking side of things. However, the beauty of attending an event in America is that Americans are so friendly and happy to talk. I was hanging around looking for someone to talk to when a lovely lady called Megan (http://meganauman.com/) approached me and asked where I was from and what I did. As we were chatting several others joined us too and before long there was a nice group of people.
Having got my conference pass and done a bit of networking I accepted a lift from Megan and we headed over to the Saguaro for some sessions. There is a shuttle bus running between all the hotels, which I’m sure I will make plenty of use of during the week.
The first session I attending was called ‘How to Slay Your Days at Alt’ hosted by Amy Webb from This Little Miggy, a lifestyle blog with a focus on disability (https://thislittlemiggy.com/). She has been coming to Alt Summit for years and had loads of great tips on how to maximise your time here. My best take aways from her talk were:
- Set goals so you can work out what you want to achieve – you get back what you put in.
- Give out business cards and get them back – you never know when a contact may be useful.
- Work on your elevator pitch for networking – find your unique spin.
- Follow up, not only with new contacts but also on your goals.
- Never let an opportunity pass you by – say yes!
We had a short break after this session during which I met another lady from the UK! Ros (https://whomovedcoffee.com/) is in a similar position to me with a new blog that she’s looking to grow. We went to the next session together which was called ‘Plan a Year’s Worth of Social Media Content in One Workshop’, hosted by Carly Morgan, a digital content creator. The session consisted of two parts. First Carly took us through how to plan social media using her worksheets in order to create a calendar for yourself to make it easy to post on a day-to-day basis. Secondly we split in to groups to begin the process and discuss with others what works depending on your preferred platform. The worksheets look really helpful for planning so I definitely think I will download them and give it a go.
I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to more sessions tomorrow. Tune in next week to see how I got on for the rest of the conference!