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Making Happiness

Dear Reader,

WordCamp’s have a concept that PHP conferences need to steal. A dedicated room for people to hang out and help each other with technical issues.

Yes, every PHP conference has the hallway track and that’s good. But the happiness bar is for more in-depth help.

Speakers go there after their talk to help people implement the concepts they presented in their talks.

Other participants volunteer to just be there for a shift (1-2 talk slots) and help anyone they can.

PHP conference organizers, find a way to set aside a room for this. Strongly encourage your speakers to take a shift. Strongly encourage other attendees to take shift.

Let’s make it easy to help each other, solve problems, and make happiness, one person at a time.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Conferences are for making new friends

Dear Reader,

I met my three best friends, Paul, Keith, and Adam, at PHP conferences.

Meeting people and making new friends is one of the major benefits of participating in a conference. I would not say that ‘the hallway track’ is the reason to attend a conference, but it is in the top 3.

The friends you make at a conference can:

  • Help you find an answer to a problem you are facing
  • Help you locate someone you need to talk to
  • Be your rubber duck for a problem you are having
  • Help you find your next job

Before you travel across the street, or around the world to participate in a conference, sit down, make a plan. Look at the speakers who will be there, and follow the conference hashtag on social media to see who has announced they are participating. Make a list of the people that you want to meet.

As you participate in the conference, look for those people. Seek them out, and make new friends.

The friends you make at a conference will last a lot longer than any knowledge you may pick up in a session.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Here’s a video where I give a little on the HOW.

You are not a conference attendee, you are a conference PARTICIPANT

Dear Reader,

For those of you lucky enough to attend a technical conference, you need to change your mindset.

You need to do away with the word ATTENDEE.

Attendees are passive. They show up, that is all that is expected of them.

If you want to get the most out of the conference then scratch through that word on your badge and write PARTICIPANT.

Participants are part of the conference. If all they do is show up, they have fail.

Participants get involved.

  • They ask questions during Q&A
  • They engage with the other participants at the social times
  • They participate in the socials and engage with other participants

They do all of this even though they are shy, or introverted, or whatever their reason is for not normally being so outgoing. Participants understand that for the conference to be good for everyone, they have to do their part.

Make the most of your next conference by seeing yourself as an integral part of the conference, a participant, not a bystander attendee.

Until next time,
I <3 |<

Day Camp 4 Developers #4: Business 101 for Developers

Dear Reader,

Day Camp 4 Developers #4: Business 101 for Developers is coming up March 3rd, 2012. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you need to grab then now!

I LOVE hosting DC4D events; they are fun. I know all the speakers personally, I know how much fun they have preparing and presenting their talks. I know a lot of the attendees as well, I know how much fun they have by just hanging out in the irc room and watching the conversation. Everybody involved in DC4D has fun; but everyone, speakers, attendees and me, all learn things too.

One of my passions in life is helping developers and DC4D is just another way that I try to help. This time DC4D helps developers learn business skills that they need whether they are on a team or freelance.

Join Lorna Jane Mitchell, Jacques Wookdock, Tara Aaron, John Mertic, and Paul M. Jones on March 3rd for a day of learning.

Day Camp 4 Developers; invest a day in your career.

Until next time,
I <3 |<