by The Artsy SLP
Attending the TPT Forward Convention is an important step in improving your business and advancing your brand. Read on for tips to be prepared in advance.
I’m so glad that I made the decision to attend the TPT Forward Conference. I had a blast, made new friends, I learned pertinent information. I will share what I learned.
1. Plan Your Sessions Carefully
Make sure that you read each session description carefully. Decide which ones would be the best for your TPT business. Think about where you would like to take your business in the next few years. Pick an area that you would like to target; such as, marketing, social media, or product design.
2. Print Your Session Notes Ahead of Time
This will help you stay organized and save time. Session handouts will not be available at the convention, so be sure to print them out in advance. You can upload documents to your local office store. They will print out your documents. As an added bonus, you can complete your order with coil binding.
3. Stand Out In The Crowd
Many people may only identify you by your logo and pictures from TPT. It’s a good idea to have a button, badge, or even wear a t-shirt with your store name and logo. This will allow people to quickly identify with you and your store.
4. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger and network. This is the time to meet other teacher authors that share your same passion. This is your opportunity to meet with people all over the world.
5. Networking Is Essential
I found many of the sessions to be helpful at the conference. However, I found the networking and break-out sessions to be the most beneficial. Take advantage of the meet and greet within your subject area. You will get great advice and tips. You will also have the wonderful opportunity to network and socialize with a fabulous group.
Also, take something with you to pass out with your information. I took business cards. I only passed out a few, but I had them handy. I think it’s better to have them just in case. Then you can always use them after the conference to continue your networking.
An added bonus is that TPT was gracious enough to provide all attendees with some serious “TPT Swag.” I felt so official when I put on badge and carried my TPT bag.
I hope that these tips will help prepare you for the next Teachers Pay Teachers Conference. For additional tips, ideas, and advice on running your Teachers Pay Teachers store, please click here.