I had planned to post Thursday from RWA Nationals in Orlando. Then I realized I'd probably forget and there would be no post on my day. I'm not sure if that wouldn't be better. Especially now I'm in a quandary about what to blog on.
Liz and I have both posted about the conference, and though I'm racking my brain I can't think if Cassy or Kari did yet. I hope no one goes into conference information overload!
I'm spending the day packing for my conference trip. When you read this of course I will have been in Orlando a couple of days. But now however I'm preparing. My laptop is busy doing a virus scan. My Nook is charging. My M&M bag is here on my desk quickly being filled with things I'll need on the plane.
My mind is racing a mile a minute, what workshops are priority? Am I prepared to Pitch? Do I have the appropriate clothing to take? Will everyone like me or will I be annoying without realizing it? (Yes I do stress about this.)
Why do we put ourselves through this? Is it worth the work, the cost, the agony of preparation? Is a small conference less stressful? Is a small conference as beneficial?
No matter what stress I suffer prior to arriving at the hotel for any conference small or large, it is worth every dime I spent and every droplet of sweat. I learn more every year. I have unexpected opportunities and come away with a head full of knew ideas. I honestly cannot say if I benefit more from the national conference or our small chapter conference. I do hope I'm prepared to take full advantage of every opportunity this conference.
Those of you here in Orlando today and those who did not attend the conference. Do you go through this for a conference? And at the end of the day is it worth it to you?
If you're here in Orlando if you see me, say "Hi!"