Tuesday, March 26
In the morning, two of my roommates and I headed to the Riviera together. The day kicked off with the first of three sessions of roundtables. There were SO many to choose from! I was thankful that I had prepared ahead of time. It took me a while to find them, but I knew exactly which tables I wanted to hit.
I started with Self Promotion for Creative Introverts, led by Cat Rose. My top takeaways:
- YOU: Start by figuring out who you are – your superpowers, your values, and your boundaries.
- YOUR FANS: Focus on the people who already support you, one at a time, focusing less on demographics and more on feelings.
- YOUR FANS’ FRIENDS: Consider why you share the things you do; consider contributing to other people’s content; set realistic goals for connecting with people (via email or direct message).
- THE WORLD: Protect. Your. Energy. Take stock regularly, and learn when you need to say “no” in order to maintain those boundaries.
- The more your share of yourself in a post, the better. Document the process, including what you struggle with and what you’ve learned.
There were a few other tables I wanted to visit, but there were some issues. (1) It felt strange to jump into an already-going roundtable. (2) It was a very large room, and it got very loud. (3) The sheer number of people there started to stress me out.
So, instead, I swung by those tables that interested me and picked up any printables/contact information to follow up with later. Then, I took a walk through the delightful pop-up shop and outdoor marketplace. I even had some pictures taken in the Tap Bio truck.
Everyone was provided with a boxed lunch before the midday keynote speakers: Robert and Cortney Novogratz. The main thing I walked away with was that they’re way cooler than I’ll ever be.
The next bunch of roundtables kicked off after lunch, but I decided to hop on a shuttle to the ACE instead. The ACE served as the creative heart of the conference, featuring a MakerSpace and sponsors like Joann’s and Tombow.
I signed up for an earring-making workshop. Let me tell you, I did not miss my calling. But it was fun, and I met a few lovely ladies including Abby, a boutique owner from Kansas City. We ended up having an impromptu jewelry party, purchasing pieces made by Dani, who had led our workshop. It was very fun, and I walked away with something for myself and my sister.
After the workshop/party, I headed back to the Riviera for even more roundtables. I only stopped by one table: Planning a Year’s Worth of Social Media Content in One Weekend. The calendars used by the table leader were a little overwhelming, but it’s always interesting to see how other people plan their content.
Rather than heading home and crashing once again, my roommate, Quiana and I walked along Palm Canyon Drive and ended up at Al Dente for dinner. My shrimp risotto was good, and the portions were HUGE.
So, I was ready for bed as soon as we were done. And to bed I went…
What I wore: blue floral dress, grey cardigan, espadrilles