10 Things You Need to Survive Business Conferences

Take the stress out of conferences with these products. November 7, 2019 3 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. You’re likely already traveling long distances for business conferences, it’s positively cruel to then be on your feet for 10 hours a day for three straight days. Of course, what can you do? You’re there to hustle, make connections, and close deals — it’s a competitive atmosphere. However, you don’t need to feel completely burned out by day three. These simple products can help take some of the stress out of conferences and maybe make you feel a bit better by the end. Portable Charger Jackery Bolt – $32.99 Image credit: Amazon This 6,000mAh portable charger can keep […]

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The 7 Steps You Need to Follow

To promote your event and encourage engagement, prioritize social media. April 10, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Running a conference can be a massive undertaking. And, the bigger the event, the more variables there will be to address, be mindful of and plan for. But we can’t overlook the many benefits of holding an event for your target audience, whether that means giving its members a chance to experience your business in a new way, building stronger partnerships with your vendors and suppliers or generating additional revenue. Related: 4 Ways to Organize a Conference That’s More Than Just Networking Based on my experience running LTV Conf, a 300-plus person conference for SaaS business owners, investors and executives, I’ve learned that running an effective conference is an art and a science. Here are the key steps needed to ensure your event connects with your audience. 1. […]

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Getting More Women to Tech Conferences Starts with the Businesses That Send Them

A study of keynote and featured speaker lineups at 18 major tech conferences over the last three years found a 1:4 male/female ratio. March 21, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A public restroom isn’t always the best place for conversation, but at AWS: Reinvent 2017, it was the perfect setting to start an important one. I never intended my experience to attract so much attention, but the scene in front of me was way too telling not to share: At a conference with more than 40,000 attendees, the women’s restroom was almost completely empty. Not only did the photo I snapped resonate on Twitter — where women replied by sharing their own barren tech-conference restroom photos  — but news outlets like Tech.co quickly joined in. Related: Conferences: Are They Worth Your Precious Startup Time? Indeed, Tech.co identified my observation as indicative of a larger […]

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Forget 2018, or Even 2019 — What Will Conferences Look Like in 2029?

Bernardo Moya, the founder of ‘The Best You EXPO,’ shares his thoughts. December 21, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On this episode of the Thought Talk Podcast, I speak with Bernardo Moya, founder of The Best You EXPO and editor-in-chief of The Best You Magazine. Bernardo navigated economic adversity during the 2008–2009 recession by seeking opportunities where others saw obstacles. Today, Bernardo runs Europe’s largest personal development trade fair. In our interview, he discusses the future of conferences and how to get the most out of them.Topics include: What will conferences look like in 2029? Moya says that while he believes that live events will be part of the future of conferences, the challenge will be to customize the event experience to each person’s individual requirements. “Moving forward I believe that virtual will play a big part,” says Moya. “I see huge opportunities to engage with people […]

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What You Need to Know before Hosting a Conference (with Ronsley Vaz)

Ronsley Vaz: Because if you go through a hotel they got hotel prices So— Pat Flynn: It’s like forty, fifty dollars per lunch per person or something like that, for just a sandwich. I’ve seen that a couple times. I’m like, “This is crazy.” Ronsley Vaz: Yeah, seventy-two dollars or something. I remember that quote very clearly. That was . . . well it’s lunch, and I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Ronsley Vaz, who is the founder of the We Are Podcast conference, a podcast conference that happens in Australia, and revealing some of the hidden costs that might come with putting on an event like this. Now, I know a lot of people who put on events, and all of them could be well qualified to talk about this topic of, well how do we put on an event, big or small? What […]

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The Essential Checklist for Attending Conferences This Year

Conferences, powerfully, offer the ability to gather with like-minded individuals in a room, where ideas that might never have come to light have the breathing room to be shared. March 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. So, say you’ve decided to take the plunge and attend one — or more — of the many professional conferences taking place this year. I recently wrote about the top 10 conferences digital entrepreneurs should attend. In this follow-up, I want to draw on my experience attending dozens of these events, to share how entrepreneurs can benefit as much as I have. Related: Conferences: Are They Worth Your Precious Startup Time? Of course the caveat here is that, as with most things in life, what you get from attending a conference depends largely on what you put in. By the time you add up travel, accommodations and admission costs, attending […]

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SPI 247: The Epic Origin Story Behind The Walker Stalkers Brand

The Smart Passive Income Podcast kicks off 2017 with a very special episode I know you’re going to love. Joining me today are Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, two guys who’ve built an astonishingly successful brand called The Walker Stalkers. Eric and James have created a fan-driven business empire around their love of the hit AMC show, The Walking Dead. If you’re wondering, “How could you possibly turn a profit off being a super-fan?,” stick around—Eric and James are about to tell you how it’s done. The Walker Stalkers brand has grown from a low-budget podcast to a booming franchise that includes eighteen annual conventions, a cruise, and a worldwide community of fans. Through their passion and sincerity, Eric and James have built a massive following—with combined annual attendance passing San Diego Comic-Con. It’s an amazing example of what happens when you dream big, and how even the smallest idea can attract life-changing opportunities. Listen in to hear […]

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SPI 240: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of the Conferences You Attend

Conferences can be a thrilling, unforgettable way to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and learn from the online business community. But which conferences should you go to? How do you meet other people once you’re there? And what on earth do you talk about? In today’s episode, I’m answering all these questions and more. From my first experiences at Blog World Expo to my recent trip to FinCon, I’ve learned how to navigate the dizzying number of opportunities a conference provides—even as an introverted newcomer. I’ll share my tips for striking up conversations, making introductions, connecting with folks who have shared interests, minimizing anxieties, and having a truly meaningful time. You’ll also hear my shortlist of favorite business conferences to attend, as well as where I’ll be speaking later this year and on into 2017. Are you ready to start having unforgettable conference experiences? Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. […]

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