How to Prepare for SXSW

 SXSW is less than two weeks away and if you want to get the most out of the conference you have to prepare. Although I never know what will happen once I get there, preparation is the key to a successful conference. Here are the things I am doing to prepare:

1. Check out the the SXSW schedule for events and presentations to attend. While I probably won’t make that many workshops, it is important to see what is being presented. Since there are so many, I am sorting by topic and speaker. I typically attend for the speaker not the topic.

2. Preparing my presentation with Becky McCray on "What We Can Learn from Rural Entrepreneurs". Its a primer on our upcoming book tentatively titled "Small Town to Small World"

3. Checking out all the free Schwag for SXSW that you can order online. Great offers from vendors like Gotomeeting.

4. Set up appointments with people I want to meet again and for the first time. SXSW is so huge, it is unlikely you will just run into them. I am setting up specific times and places. You can also see who is coming from your Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter contacts on SXSW Social. 

5. Get invites to the parties. This is a great place to meet new people you do not know yet.

6. Prepping my 18 year old son for the event. He is attending the Film conference for the first time and he has no idea what he is in for.

7. Breaking in a great pair of walking and standing shoes. There is not much sitting down.

How are you preparing?

By | March 1st, 2011|Business|1 Comment

About the Author:

Barry Moltz gets business owners unstuck by unlocking their long forgotten potential. With decades of entrepreneurial experience in his own business ventures, he has discovered the formula to get stuck business owners and increasing their sales. Barry has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 20 years. After successfully selling his last operating business, Barry founded an angel investor group, an angel fund, and is a former advisory member of the board of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. His first book, “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business” describes the ups and downs and emotional trials of running a business. His second book, “Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success”, shows what it takes to come back and develop true business confidence. His third book, “BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World” shows how customer service is the new marketing. His fourth book, “Small Town Rules: How Small Business and Big Brands can Profit in a Connected Economy” shows how when every customer can talk to every other customer, it’s like living in a small town: Your reputation is everything! His fifth book, “How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways to Get Your Business Growing Again” helps every small business owners move their company to the next level. Barry is a nationally recognized speaker on small business who has given hundreds of presentations to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 20,000. As a member of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, he has appeared on many TV and radio programs such as CNBC’s The Big Idea, and MSNBC’s Your Business. He hosts his own radio show on AM560, and writes for American Express and Forbes.

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