I cannot stress how exciting it is for me to sit in on a travel panel where there are true writers and media folks asking smart questions about social media and travel, my mentor is speaking and sharing key advice, and were skyping with operators in Spain who end everything with “vale, vale” - and its all free.
A wonderful morning kickoff to my weekend vacation.
if you’re going to host a meetup through meetup.com but then open it to the public, get a little organized at the door. and maybe if the hosts of the event are big time pros, take a few mins at the beginning and end of the meetup to introduce yourselves, thank your attendees, and encourage networking.
forgive me for being anal, but ya know, I just wanna be prepared when I walk into a room full of 100 strangers who I’m bum rushed to be “mingling” with.
other than that - hey great to see all of you!
45 tweets. 86 likes. a dozen emails. 6 attendees. 3 teachers. 1 venue.
I don’t get marketing.
I really don’t. for a little over a month now, I’ve been working just about every Sunday for hours with my friends to put together a class presentation on Unconventional Stays which happens this Tuesday night.
I’ve been the one emailing everyone I know, scheduling out promo posts, talking it up around the water coolers, putting articles together for resources, asking travelers about their stories, chronicling my own experiences, working with the venue to get things booked.
and now 2 days before the event. only 6 students remain signed up. and the venue has done little to nothing of my knowledge to help promote our class.
this boggles my mind. I work so hard on all my events, I bust my ass trying to connect with people in anyway I can to fill up attendance. but nothing. and to work with a space that puts in no work is incredibly rude.
I don’t understand how I can work so hard for so long and have such low impact while other things I do in my sleep and could care less, and they’re more successful.
marketing, you’re a confusing piece of shit.
and FYI to event spaces: do your fucking work and contribute.
I thank the people (especially my co-teachers) who responded to my emails and messages and took the 3 secs to announce the class on their networks. really, I appreciate it.
and to those of you who I come out to EVERY one of your fucking events, and you can’t return a single favor, I will remember not to bother with you anymore.
excuse my bitter attitude, but for a person like me who considers every piece of work she does part of her passion, it’s difficult to see an event like this go nowhere.
I just hope those 6 people show up and enjoy our class.
my fingers remain crossed.