Do THIS, not that: Podcast Movement 2021

The world’s largest podcast conference: Podcast Movement 2021 happens next week! This year it will be taking place from August 3-6 in the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee. The conference was first held in the summer of 2014 and has become one of the most successful initiatives to bring podcast industry professionals together. Get your virtual ticket here

Podcasters can either attend in person or virtually, allowing more people to access the wide variety of resources provided.

In this episode, Christine O’Donnell chats with master connector and founder of the District Bliss community Sara Alepin. Together they discuss three things every podcaster attending Podcast Movement 2021 can do to ensure they choose the best workshops for themselves.

  1. Stay at the hotel

If you can, make sure you spend as much time as possible at the hotel. This year, the three-day event will take place at the Gaylord Opryland. Staying at the hotel provides more opportunities to attend the events that will benefit you the most. It will also save you plenty of time that you can use to interact with the speakers and attendees.

Every time you meet someone is an opportunity. You never know just who you are sitting next to. In the words of Maya Angelou:  “People won’t remember what YOU said or did, they will remember how YOU made them feel.”  Do your best to center yourself, stay in the moment and listen to what the person you’re talking to has to say. They want to be heard and understood. By listening to them with curiosity, you increase your chances of making a true connection. 

If you are planning on experiencing the city of Nashville outside of the conference, Sara advises that you add more days to your trip. By doing so, you will spend the three days fully immersed in the experience.

Adding days after the conference is also a great idea because it will give you time to decompress and reflect on everything you have learned. You also want to make sure you do not jump straight into work after your trip, if possible so that you get enough rest.

  1. Focus on the content, not the speaker

We all have our favorite podcasters or speakers that we would love to learn from. That is always encouraged. However, during a three-day event where it is impossible to attend everything, it is important to focus less on the speaker and more on the content.

It is important to choose speakers that appeal directly to your goals. Be very picky with your time and try to maximize it as much as possible. Try not to get swept away by the names of the people. Instead, focus on what they have to say.

If you need to hear from a specific speaker, try to catch them before or after they speak. You can also attend one of the many networking sessions. This way, you can personally ask any questions you have for the speaker, even if they have nothing to do with what they are focusing on at the event.

Furthermore, maintain your open-mindedness because you never know whom you could learn from. Thousands of podcasters will be attending, meaning thousands of resources will be at your disposal.

       3. If possible, divide and conquer

There’s no way you can attend every event or workshop, so divide and conquer.  Splitting tasks is a great way to learn something from someone who attended a workshop you could not.

Sara suggests that if you have a co-host or a partner, divide the workshops and conquer. They can attend some workshops, while you attend others. Doing this is a perfect way to gather as much knowledge as possible. If you are an introverted person, you can also try to pair up with an extroverted person so they can help maximize your networking opportunities.

By working with someone else, you will get the most out of the experience. Especially if you each have different goals. You may not need that resource immediately, but it can come in handy in the future.

Don’t worry about missing out. No matter what, you will leave the conference having learned a lot.

To learn more of work with Sara, Click here.

Fisile Mabuza

Fisile Mabuza

Fisile Mabuza is a Creative Writing major at the College of Idaho and is currently working as an intern for Bright Sighted. She graduated with an international baccalaureate diploma at the United World College Southern Africa in 2017 where she focused on English language studies and humanities.

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