In June, I was a panelist at WordPress Seattle. The panel was focused on using WordPress to build a community, and we talked about stuff like the best time of day to post, how to foster constructive conversation instead of bitching, and how to pick the right name for your community. You also get to see someone address me as "YOU, female person on stage."
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of speaking engagements posts.
I used to be really good about getting out to industry events promoting my work and mingling and personal branding and bla bla, but a funny thing happens when you get really busy with running a small business: you stop having time to do anything other than run that small business! (Add a small child on top of a small business and hello, shut-in!) Anyway, over the past year or so, I've been making a concerted effort to get myself back out into the world of my various industries, and these past couple weeks have been EXTRA busy…
Last week I headed to Vegas for the Wedding Merchant Business Academy conference. I was joined by Megan (Offbeat Bride's managing editor, and my Associate Publisher), and two of our favorite event planners, Kelli from Seattle's Shindig Events and Laura from LA's Rebel Belle Weddings. In this post, I tell you why I'm bailing on my chromebook, who the rudest people at the conference were, and how you can get your own Offbeat Bride octopus temporary tattoo.
Big announcement! I've been booked to speak this fall at the Wedding MBA Conference in Las Vegas, October 2-4. This is a conference for wedding vendor types, and since it's more on the onbeat end of the spectrum, my talk will be angled towards explaining to these more traditional vendors why Offbeat Brides are awesome.
If any of y'all wedding business types are interested in attending, I've got a discount for Offbeat Empire readers!
One of my goals for this next year is to get off the internet a bit (…I KNOW!) and actually book some speaking engagements at conferences, workshops, and other tech, media, or wedding industry events.
I can talk about stuff like:
- How to establish non-irritating web advertising models
- Branding the fuck out of yourself and your business
- Why marketing to niches is awesome
- Not being an asshole: blogging etiquette
- Ending co-rumination: community management and development
- Shifting trends in digital publishing
- Facetime: managing remote staff
- Learning when to shut the laptop: Establishing personal boundaries in self employment
- Just about anything else I've written about on this here Offbeat Empire blorg.
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