What’s WordCamp? WordCamp is an annual conference held in cities all over the world to discuss the one thing that brings us all together – WordPress! This year was my 2nd year in attendance at WordCamp Atlanta
, and it has been my best year yet. One of the reasons why this year was my best is because I actually got involved this year. I volunteered at the t-shirt station which allowed me to meet a lot of people. I also connected with the community on social media before the conference using hashtags. Now that the conference is over I wanted to share some key takeaways I learned from this year’s WordCamp Atlanta;
You Know More Than You Think
Sometimes we see other people who seem to know more than us or more qualified than us. The real truth is that no matter what level you’re on beginner, intermediate, or pro you still know something that can help other people.
Just Because You Believe It Doesn’t Make It True
Chris Lema shared this tip during the keynote, and it has resonated with me ever since. I believe we’ve all been guilty of assuming things about ourselves and situations that are only true inside our heads. That’s why it’s essential to get out of your head and surround yourself with people who’ll tell you the real truth instead of agreeing with the voice inside of your head.
Be More Eager to Listen Than to Speak
Often at networking events, we find ourselves promoting ourselves without creating genuine connections with the people we meet. If we take the time to listen more than we speak we can learn something and build authentic relationships. My advice is to ask questions and show real interest in the other person. The conversation will flow more naturally when you’re not trying to make it all about you.