Some of my favourite parts of #smmw19 had NOTHING to do with social media, business, or networking.
One great thing about Social Media Marketing World is that it’s not your typical conference, and they infuse a lot of fun and non-typical activities into the program. I am going to talk about 2 of those RIGHT NOW.
I LOVED being part of the chorus.
Because there are 5000 people at Social Media Marketing World, you might meet someone cool and never see them again. Joining the chorus allowed me to meet other performer people, spend a big chunk of time with them, and really create some great friendships (and a lot of fun).
So much better than standing in the networking hall and saying "so what do you do" over and over again. (Tip: if you want to have an interesting conversation with someone, don’t start it with this question).
I met some truly amazing people that I otherwise might have never met, and had the opportunity to spend a good chunk of time with them. I also got to entertain them in the periods between sound check, and when the rest of the participants were allowed into the giant ballroom where we performed. Exhibit A below. AND I can now say I sang onstage with Peter Hollens and Brianna Shelko!
The Party at Parq
Saying that the 80s party at Parq was super fun would be an understatement. I’m not typically the type of person who goes out to bars. I prefer to stay home and drink wine with my dog (well he chews on his bone, but you know).
Just imagine the funnest time you’ve ever had out, add in epic sing along karaoke, desserts, and people in costume and this is how the party was.
At one point I was “driving through the crowd” with a record as my steering wheel, and a train of people behind me.
It was a great opportunity to connect with people outside of the conference hall, have fun, and let loose!
If you are ever at an event that has these types of opportunities, take them!
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