At the start of this month, I was lucky enough to be invited to Ice Lolly’s Blog At The Beach, held in Lambert’s Yard in Leeds city centre. I had never been to a blogging event like this before, but I’ve been feeling in need of a bit of inspiration so RSVPd yes. I know these events can be intimidating so I thought I’d pull together a few tips on how I think you can get the most out of attending, especially if you’re an introvert like me.
Before you arrive
One thing I loved about the Ice Lolly event was that they made a Twitter list of everyone who was attending the event – so I could scroll through, follow some new people and check out who I might be bumping into on the day. It’s a great way of starting to get the hang of names and faces and catching up with everyone’s latest news and could give you the perfect ice breaker.
Wear your name badge
I am an introvert. I’m not on the extreme end of the spectrum, but talking to people – specifically new people – really drains me. Because of that, I always approach events with a little bit of trepidation and nerves. So it was with Blog At The Beach – I had never met anyone who was going before and I felt a bit silly turning up to an event on my own. Even more so when I walked in and everyone seemed to be stood in groups already. Nightmare.
I am also terrible at remembering names, so I was glad that everyone was given a badge to wear! I constantly found myself checking out people’s badges and showed them mine when I said hello so that they had more chance of remembering it.
*Tip* don’t get at all offended if people forget your name – just smile and remind them, they will probably be feeling really awkward about it!
Breaking the ice
I grabbed a drink, plastered a smile on my face and looked around the room, scanning for anyone whose face looked familiar, or who was in a similar situation to me – standing on their own. Bingo! I saw the lovely Sarah (from Sunshine Sarah), who I recognised from Twitter, and made a beeline to say hello. I introduced myself and chatted about how awkward I felt. Sometimes externalising how you’re feeling can really help!
Throughout the day, I found a compliment was the best way to break the ice and, even if it didn’t develop into a conversation, I picked something I loved about what every one was wearing and used it as a way in.
Give yourself a break
For introverts, all this socialising can be tiring. So give yourself a break! Pop to the toilet, refresh your makeup, order a drink, get out in the sunshine – just grab a couple of minutes to yourself at some point during the day. It might just give you that little pep you need to reassure yourself you’re doing pretty damn great actually.
So those are my top tips for surviving a blogging event as an introvert. What do you think? Do you enjoy blogging events? Do you think you are introverted or extroverted?
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