I just returned from a few days in Las Vegas at NMX, the New Media Expo. I was there to present on how to improve your networking efforts and make the most from NMX. It is absolutely remarkable when hundreds of people come together with similar interests that they are excited about. Everyone I met at NMX had one thing in common, they were downright pumped about social media. It was an energy brighter than the lights along the Vegas strip.
The secret to making the most from any event is to meet people you don't already know, catch up with the ones you do, and follow up after the event. Meeting your online friends offline (perhaps for the first time) is more magical than a Penn and Teller show. Did I mention Penn Jillette was a keynote at the conference?
Post Conference Follow Up Tips
The first step to following up is to scan the business cards you received. I always do this using the CardMunch app as I wait at my gate to depart. I love CardMunch, because the cards are transcribed and sent directly to my LinkedIn account.
I compose an event recap blog post on the flight home. I also draft an email to send to the amazing people I met during the conference. I make a point of asking to connect on LinkedIn. I find LinkedIn perfect for helping others, because I can easily search and introduce people. You may be reading this right now from said email.
Once I am home, I like to upload and share the photos and videos I shot at the conference. I usually do this on Facebook, but I share the photos on Flickr too. Reviewing photos also helps remind me of the people I met.
I recommend creating a Twitter List of your new and old friends from the conference. I do this by reviewing all of the tweets, replies, retweets, and direct messages pertaining to NMX. I can easily return to that list to check in and to keep in touch. This is especially handy as NMX 2015 draws near.
A conference like no other
NMX is a conference unlike any other. It draws hundreds of energetic people who sincerely love new media together in an intimate setting. This is a collection of old school geeks (myself included) and young people who are craving to learn and share their knowledge.
As a veteran podcaster (my first show ran from 2005 - 2008), it is exciting to see the reemergence of the medium. Many people I met had podcasts or were just getting started. Are you? Leave a comment here please. I would love to check out your show.
My presentation was titled, You’re Nowhere Without Your Network: The True ROI of NMX. My main goal was to get the audience energized and equipped to make the most of their time at the conference. Were you at my session? What did you think?
One message of my presentation was to encourage people to create events in order to meet and connect with others. I did this at NMX by organizing a Geek Breakfast with Jared Easley. I was pleasantly surprised to see fifty smiling people at 7:45 am. I was a little nervous because it was the second morning of the conference... in Las Vegas, where few people get adequate sleep. I sincerely want to thank everyone who attended (I hope to see you in the Facebook group).
NMX was fantastic. I am so thankful to Rick Calvert, his team of volunteers, organizers, sponsors, and my fellow speakers. Thank you for having me. I am also thankful to the many people I met and got to see once again. If you have a love for new media, blogging, podcasting, social networking, and all things online, you should add NMX to your list of must attend conferences for 2015.
Were you at NMX? What was your favorite thing about the conference? Leave a comment and let's keep in touch please.