I am going to BritMums Live. It will be my third time so I guess I am hoping it is lucky for me. I am joining in the linky where delegates get to know each other in advance.
Name: Kate – as well as my own blog, I handle social media and charities stuff for BritMums
Blog: Kate on Thin Ice
Twitter ID: @kateonthinice
Height: 5ft 5 ish
Hair: Went from blonde to ginger to brown to grey. Will be dyed something reasonably spectacular or at least enough to weed out the roots before BritMums Live.
Eyes: Brown and I will be wearing glasses as I am incredibly short-sighted.
Is this your first blogging conference?
No, it will be my 3rd and should be my 4th but I bottled it the first time I wanted to go.
Are you attending both days?
It is to be hoped so as there is a rumour going round that I am looking after one of the rooms.
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014?
Seeing blogger friends and eating with some of them on the Friday night. It is always refreshing to speak to a grown-up and I do love a good conversation once I overcome that shyness of mine.
Having a giggle and learning a lot.
What are you wearing?
Something at least 3 sizes bigger than what I will be wearing at BritMums Live 2015. Anything that hides/masks the gigantic tummy. Flats because I still fail to understand why women put themselves and their feet through the pain of high heels.
What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2014?
I will enjoy having a bit of time away from family responsibilities after a challenging year. I want to get to know one person in particular and a few generally a lot better. I want to giggle and to learn. I want to be inspired so that I can take my blogging and my life forwards in huge leaps in the next 12 months. Well, let’s think big – why not?
Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?
My first tip would be do not talk yourself out of going however nervous you are. In 4 years, I have gone from bottling the whole thing to making a new best friend to speaking at the event to working at the event. That does not mean I won’t be quaking in advance of the event – it just means life is short so sometimes you have to challenge yourself.
If you are feeling shy, dig deep and act as if you are not or even better tell someone you are because either they will be an extrovert who wants to help you or an introvert who gets it. Either way, you win and it is so much better than returning home thinking you wish you had spoken to people.
Do not think you are the only one who walks round the block before going in, who hides in the loos or who thinks everyone else is glam and knows what they are doing.
If you need a breather or just to chill, there is a great Courtyard area at the venue.
Be generous in sharing what you know as well as being open to learning from others.
Do talk to brands. If you don’t, you may well miss out on something that is just right for you. They are at the event because they want to speak to bloggers.
Overall, try to think in advance about what you want from the event and then set about creating it. That might mean spending time working out which workshops will be most helpful to you, approaching a celebrity or challenging yourself to stand up and ask a question. Make it YOUR BritMums Live.
See you there!