We can't help but win!
I am already prepared to both attend this conference, and be one of the speakers. The FGS conferences have always been worthwhile to attend, and this one will be no different. My attendance at a previous RootsTech conference left me longing to increase my technology skills even more.
I can't wait! Though there will be thousands of attendees, I expect no problem in finding fellow bloggers, Facebook friends, and genealogy colleagues. We just always seem to be in the right place at the right time.
Having been to the Salt Palace for a previous RootsTech conference, I know:
- This is a large venue that will require the most comfortable shoes I own. We are staying just a stone's throw away at the Marriot, and it doesn't sound far. BUT, this is Salt Lake City, and the streets are wide and the blocks are long. Brigham Young said the streets must be designed to be able to turn a wagon pulled by four horses around. I only have two legs, so I must accomodate.
- I must bring the right glasses. All of them. I will need my trifocals, my readers, and sunglasses. Bright sun on snow reflects into my eyes, rendering me useless.
- I must learn to condense. A cross-body bag forces me to weed out what I don't need to lug around. My hands are free to look over products in the Exhibit Hall. My arms will be free for plenty of hugging.
- I look forward to all of the address labels that will be arriving for the holidays. They are great for filling in entry slips in the Exhibit Hall.
- Business cards are a must! It's even better when you remember to bring them.
- I get hot. I get cold. Therefore, I love clothing that doesn't wrinkle. I have a light jacket I just bought that can easily be wadded up and put into that cross-body bag.
- I take pictures. I use a camera, a real one. I just don't like to fill up my phone.
- My Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 goes with me, too. I love being able to take notes on Evernote. That is just one of the most wonderful techy-things ever!
- The Family History Library is across the street!!!!!!
I love attending conferences. And, I love the networking and the camaraderie that happens when meeting friends that I have only known "virtually". But, even more important to me, I am there to learn.
Yes, I am there to speak. But, I am also there to learn. I have been involved in family history all of my life. I have spoken to thousands of people in hundreds of venues.
But, I need to learn.
Prepare to attend this combined conference, either in person or through live-streaming. You will learn things that you didn't know that you didn't know.
That, I know.