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How Women Network and Girls to the Moon

Dave Delaney

My friend, Courtenay Rogers, is an incredibly well networked person. She is president of the Nashville chapter of the American Marketing Association (NAMA) and is co-founder and COO of the upcoming conference, Girls To The Moon. This week I interviewed her about the importance of networking and to share more about this important event for young girls.

How has networking helped shape your career?

I've always enjoyed meeting new people and it's a natural part of my life. I'm a Navy brat, so moving every two years growing up forced me to make new friends very quickly. Being the new kid in class so often helped me grow up to be the person who walks up to a group of people and says hello. I'm still that way today.

I'm a connector. My passion in life is to connect good people doing good things with others who can help. Networking needs to be about the big picture of helping others and if you're expecting something in return, ultimately you're not going to be successful.

What is your best networking tip for marketing professionals or those attending local industry events?

The best advice I can give is to get the list of attendees before the event if you can. Then look up the people you want to connect with on LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter. Also, if the event has a hashtag, make sure you check it out and see what people are saying and connect with those folks, too.

What is Girls to the Moon? 

GTTM is a social enterprise company focused on empowering young girls ages 8 to 14. We're starting with a one-day campference (mix between a camp-style unconference and a conference) in Nashville on Sept. 26 that brings girls together to build their curiosity and creativity, strengthen their relationships and grow their confidence to become leaders.

Girls to the Moon is about surrounding the next generation of girls with truth and education on topics ranging from creative writing and coding to healthy relationships and sex. We want to be a catalyst for conversation about how girls should love themselves, feel comfortable in their own skin and become the best humans they can be.

Do men and women network with one another differently? If so, how?

I think men and women are different, period. So yes, they would naturally network differently. I notice that women ask more personal questions while men keep it a lot more superficial and focused on business. Neither is bad. I personally like different.

Girls to the Moon sounds like an amazing opportunity for girls from 8 to 14. What key lessons do you want them to take away from the conference?

It's super simple: We want these girls to love themselves, love others and know that they have absolutely every opportunity to do whatever they want in life.

What is the best way for new relationships born at Girls to the Moon or elsewhere at other conferences to be nurtured so they last years instead of days?

Our goal is to eventually build an app for the girls to use to stay connected, but for the first campference, we're going to make sure they exchange emails and use the hashtag #gttm15 in their conversations so they can connect on social media as well. The younger crowd will probably ask for phone numbers. My daughter has my business card and hands it out to her friends, so she can connect with them after school. We do have a great email list that people can join to keep up with all things GTTM on our website.

Be sure to learn more about this conference at girlstothemoon.com

This article originally appeared in The Tennessean newspaper.

How to Kill Conference Hashtag Spam

Dave Delaney

How to stop conference Twitter spam
How to stop conference Twitter spam

I saw a tweet the other morning from Jeff Gothelf, who was expressing disappointment from hashtag spam occurring at UX Camp CPH. I sympathized with him and his fellow conference attendees. As speaker, I know how annoying this can be.

Here’s how I cut out (most) of the spambots when following a hashtag at a conference.

How to stop conference Twitter hash tag spam.
How to stop conference Twitter hash tag spam.

Go to Twitter’s Advanced Search. Search for the hashtag, but be sure to include the location of where the conference is taking place. Save the search, so you can easily return to it.

This will greatly reduce what you see from the spambots. It’s not a perfect solution, but it will help you enjoy Twitter more during a conference.

You can learn the basics on hashtags here.

[Tweet "Hashtag spam sucks."]

13 Networking Tips for Conferences

Dave Delaney

Networking at conferencesI love to travel and speak at conferences. It is something I plan to do much more of in the coming months, in fact, I am speaking at an annual conference today. When I reflect on the growth of my business as a digital marketing consultant, I realize that I would not be where I am now without networking at conferences.

The following are 13 tips I have learned to meet great people and grow my network while attending conferences:

  1. Research who will be there. Does the event have an open RSVP? Is there a hashtag on Twitter you can follow?
  2. Try to set up meetings before the conference. Find the people and contact them before the conference.
  3. Promote that you are attending across social channels.
  4. Bring business cards. Don't be aggressive with trying to hand out and collect as many as you can.
  5. Carry a pen and take notes about the people that you meet. I take notes on the actual business cards as soon as I have a quiet moment.
  6. If you travel, be sure to bring the right accessories.
  7. Introduce yourself to others. Don't be shy. They are there to meet people too.
  8. Make eye contact with strangers and smile.
  9. Listen, don't just talk about yourself.
  10. You won't meet people in your hotel room. Spend down time at the hotel bar, restaurant, or in the lobby.
  11. Go easy on the booze.
  12. Bring mints and gum.
  13. After the event, be sure to email everyone you met. Invite them to join you on LinkedIn too.

Did I miss a tip? Add your tip in the comments please.