By no means do I consider myself an expert about conference or preparing for them, but in one week I will leave for my fifth national conference (Romance Writers of America). Along the way I’ve picked up some tips (that I plan to share here this week.)
Previously, on these pages, I’ve talked about my fondness for to-do lists. I make them daily. I like to write out daily, weekly and monthly goals too. For me, it helps to see in black and white what I need to accomplish. It makes it tangible to me.
It’s no different when I’m prepping for a trip, whether it’s a vacation of for a business trip like conference. About a week before (I will be doing this step today) I will begin making checklists of what I need to take with me. I will plan my clothing for each day, or at the very least how many outfits I need and what types (how many casual, business, and formal).
I will also make a list of the non-clothing items that have to go: handouts I need to print, promo items that need to go with me, camera, iPad, chargers pens, etc. I will decide which suitcases and carry-ons I will take and decide what items are going where (and probably creating lists telling me what goes where.)
Doing my best to get organized early ensures 1) that everything I want to take on my trip gets there and 2) that I can find it when I get there.
So, while organization, may seem like a simple thing, it really is my first step in preparing for conference.