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How to Rock a WordCamp Even if You Are a n00b

How to Rock a WordCamp Even if You Are a n00b

This is a primer for people who might never have been to a WordCamp, or are interested in enhancing their WordCamp experience.


Marc Benzakein

November 15, 2014

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  1. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com How to Rock a

    WordCamp Even if You’re a Total n00b
  2. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com OK… THE IMPORTANT STUFF ABOUT ME What

    I Am What I Am Not • Overly Serious (aka “disclaimers”) (At Anything) • Opinionated • Father of Two (But Lately Five) • Husband of One • WordCamp Milwaukee Co-Organizer • WordPress Fanatic • Attendee at Over 20 WordCamps • Part of the ServerPress, LLC Team • A Very Creative Presentation Slide Maker • An Expert
  3. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com My First WordCamp How my first tattoo

    was the word “Sucker” written on my forehead
  4. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com For the Geographically Challenged

  5. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com • 6 Hour Flight (Each Way) •

    $350.00 Airfare • TSA (Need I Say More?) • California Traffic ——————————————— TOTALLY WORTH IT! Some Quick Math
  6. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Anatomy of a WordCamp WordCamps generally encompass

    the following (in no specific order): •Learning •Teaching •Volunteering •Networking •Socializing
  7. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com OVERHEARD @WordCamps

  8. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com “My Brain Hurts!”

  9. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com “I would love to contribute but have

    nothing to give”
  10. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com “Where are the booths?”

  11. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com “These people are so smart and I

    feel SO inadequate
  12. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com How to Rock WordCamp in 14 E-Z

  13. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Skip a Session or Two STEP 1

    (or three or four)
  14. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Ask Questions STEP 2

  15. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 3 Remember That it’s a Community

    Event… Not a Convention
  16. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Don’t Be Afraid to Leave a Session

    STEP 4
  17. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Small Camps Can Be As Invigorating STEP

    5 As the Big Fancy Camps
  18. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 6 And Friendship is Magic Twitter

    is Your Friend
  19. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 7 Don’t Be Intimidated

  20. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 8 Don’t Be Afraid to Switch

  21. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 9 Don’t Sit By Yourself at

    Lunch -Carrie Dils
  22. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Seriously. . . STEP 10 Meet People!

    DO IT!!!
  23. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 11 If There is an After

    Party… GO!!!!
  24. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 12 Volunteer

  25. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 13 HAVE FUN!!!!!

  26. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com STEP 14 Stay in Touch (and Stay

  27. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Conclusion aka: Quick-Reference Guide (aka: Cheat-Sheet)

  28. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com Overheard @WordCamps • These people are so

    smart and I feel inadequate • Steps 2 (Ask Questions), 3 (It’s a community event), 7 (don’t be intimidated), 9 (Don’t Sit Alone @ Lunch), 10 (Meet People), 11 (Go to after party) • My brain hurts • Steps 1 (Skip a session or two), 4 (Don’t be afraid to walk out), 8 (Switch tracks), 10 (Meet people), 13 (Have Fun) • I would love to contribute but I have nothing to give • Steps 2 (Ask Questions), 10 (Meet people), 12 (Volunteer), 14 (Stay in touch and stay engaged) • Where are the convention booths? • Step 3 (Remember that it’s a community event and not a convention)
  29. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com EXTRA CREDIT

  30. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com A Few Ways to Make Your WordCamp

    Experience Even BETTER! •Thank the Organizers •Thank the Volunteers •Thank the Speakers •Thank the Sponsors •Fill Out Satisfaction Surveys
  31. @MarcBenzak @DesktopServer http://www.serverpress.com The End Contact Info: Marc Benzakein marc@serverpress.com

    @MarcBenzak http://www.serverpress.com Slides can be found at: http://bitly.com/TXDM2p