I attended the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
I’m so glad that I finally made the decision to attend. We went as a family and also made it a vacation. We had a blast, made new friends, and I learned lots of pertinent information.
An added bonus is that TPT was gracious enough to provide all attendees with some serious “TPT Swag.” I felt so official when I put on badge and carried my TPT bag.
As a newbie, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m going to share some things that I learned.
1. Plan your sessions carefully.
Make sure that you read each session description carefully. Decide which ones would be the best for your TPT business. Think about where you would like to take your business in the next few years. Pick an area that you would like to target; such as, marketing, social media, or product design.
2. Print your session notes out ahead of time.
This will help you stay organized and save time. Session handouts will not be available at the convention, so be sure to print them out in advance. You can upload documents to your local office store. They will print out your documents. As an added bonus, you can complete your order with coil binding.
3. Stand out in the crowd.
Many people may only identify you by your logo and pictures from TPT. It’s a good idea to have a button, badge, or even wear a t-shirt with your store name and logo. This will allow people to quickly identify with you and your store.
4. Step outside your comfort zone!
Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger and network. This is the time to meet other teacher authors that share your same passion. This is your opportunity to meet with people all over the world.
5. Networking is essential.
I found many of the sessions to be helpful at the conference. However, I found the networking and break-out sessions to be the most beneficial. Take advantage of the meet and greet within your subject area. You will get great advice and tips. You will also have the wonderful opportunity to network and socialize with a fabulous group.
Also, take something with you to pass out with your information. I took business cards. I only passed out a few, but I had them handy. I think it’s better to have them just in case. Then you can always use them after the conference to continue your networking.
So take a chance and attend a TPT conference. You will be glad that you did!
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