Conventions are fun. 🙂 So is networking… or as I like to call it, “hanging out.”
I actually hadn’t intended on attending Boskone. With all the traveling I’ll be doing with going to visit Scott, and several other unplanned trips that are now getting planned, I figured I could drop out of this particular New England convention.
I am not on any programming, save the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (8:00 Saturday – be there!). I’ll definitely be at the Broad Universe table, helping out. And I volunteered to help my friend, Elaine Isaak, with her Chai and Chocolate kickstarter party at 8:30, Friday night.
Which is a pretty free-time convention for me!
Patty says I need to make this my “bar-con.” Do my social networking. We’ll be each others’ wingwoman… because I have a lot to learn from her, and she (and other people, surprisingly to me) think I’m good at this networking thing.
In fact, my new housemate, Katie, is sharing a room with me and also hoping to learn some of this networking mystery.
Quite honestly, I just like getting to know people and hearing their stories. If they find me interesting, too, we exchange contact info and possibly contact each other at a later date.
Or, someone runs into me and asks me if I know someone who…
I guess the trick of it, and “trick” makes it sound so dirty – it isn’t, is that combination of enjoying the company of others and having the mental facilities to remember them in both a social context and a potential business context.
In any case, I’m looking forward to my first low-key, non-programming convention in a very while. Look for me there – I’ll be… just hangin’ around.