Well, I made the commitment. I bought my ticket and booked my flight. Then a little bit of panic set in.
Is this your first conference? If it is and you’re a little intimidated by the whole thing, this post is for you because I am too! I haven’t attended a conference since 2008 and I only attended that one because I had a purpose so I’m basically a conference newbie too!
Many of you know I have a small private forum, DomainBoardroom.com. I do my own “unConference” once a year,DBRFunFest.com and I’m bringing back the DomainersChoiceAwards.com which has been on hold since 2008. We need a way to honor the best of the best and YOU need to be choosing! But more about that at another time!
I chat with many of you on Facebook and try to like and share and do my little bit to help promote other peoples business when I can. We should all do what we can to help each other.
What none of that tells you is anything about me when I’m not on the internet! In a nutshell, I’m a hermit. A loner and painfully shy.
And here I am. Planning to attend one of the most important events ever to grace our industry. Alone. Yikes!
On a serious note, this conference is different in many ways and I’m not going to miss it.
First, it’s put on by Richard Lau. I’ve known Richard since dinosaurs stalked the web. Whether it’s helping recover stolen domains, his work with Water School or just plain reaching out a helping hand to everyone, he’s always there to support our industry. What a great representative of who we really are as an industry! If he didn’t know you when you walked in the door, I’ll bet he knows you when you leave! That’s just the kind of guy he is.
I love the agenda. I’m trying hard to remain open minded about the new gTLDs and it looks like both sides will be represented on the panels.
All the speakers and panels are superb but I am especially excited to meet Duane Forrester of Bing! I’ve read both of his books and chatted with him in DBR so I’m looking forward to hearing him as a keynote speaker.
So my advice to all you first timers..jump in with both feet. Introduce yourself but don’t be “spammy”. Don’t walk around pushing a list of your domains at people. Get to know them! And look for me, I’d love to meet you.
All that and the conference is affordable! For less than the cost of admission at other shows, I can get my ticket, flight and room. My friends are the same, the sponsors are the same. If you’re only doing one conference, choosing NamesCon is a no brainer!