Last weekend was the 2010 LDStorymakers Writers Conference. 450+ people attended and it was pure awesomeness! Several of those attendees have blogged/will blog about what they learned from the conference. And since I was co-coordinator of the event (you know, the one tearing around like a chicken with her head cut off?) I thought I could blog about the things I learned, since they're probably a little different than what everyone else says.
1. Nice, black business shoes with heels will last half a day. Then you won't care who sees you walking around in socks.
2. Being in charge of a conference while wearing just socks is very bad for your pinky toes. You will stub them at every conceivable opportunity. And as you stagger around people might think you're drunk, when really it's just excruciating pain.
3. Running shoes are much more practical. Even if you are wearing black slacks and your shoes are gray and purple, wear them anyway.
4. Don't even try to take notes when people approach you with ideas for future conferences, even if they're fantastic ideas. Give others your email address and ask them to email said fantastic idea later next week, because you won't remember it. You just won't.
5. Set your phone alarm for check out time, so you don't have to sprint through the hotel because you were supposed to check out an hour ago. But if you do have to sprint, at least you're wearing running shoes. (See #3)
6. When you are in charge of a music video, the more embarrassing parts fall to you, since you don't feel like you could ask others to do it.
7. No matter what your rational side says, every little thing that goes wrong feels like you dropped the ball.
8. It takes more days to recuperate than you think, so you'll get behind on blogging.
9. People are awesomely cool. A shout out to all the random people I grabbed to help me with this and that. You rock!
10. Watching people have a good time and things running smoothly can move you to tears.
I also wanted to share that the national agents that attended were impressed with the conference, with how friendly everyone was, and with the quality of fresh ideas they heard. They've spread the word to fellow agents, so everyone's on the lookout for great stuff coming their way from the conference attendees. Yippee!!