Greetings From Lake Tahoe Nevada. After sneaking into Mt. Rushmore, we managed to drive through Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. After driving through the Colombia Gorge and spending a massively awesome weekend at the much tweeted about World Domination Summit in Portland, we’re not onto the second half of the Road Trip where we’ll be visiting Las Vegas, Tahoe, Cool Rock Formations and more. If you’re somewhere in between any of the stops, let us know.
In the last year I’ve been to a half-dozen conferences, including WDS. The more and more I go to conferences, the more I realize what the best part of every conference is:
It’s not the keynotes
it’s not the workshops
It’s not the coffeebreaks with the fruit kabobs
It’s not the cool city that it’s located in
And no, it’s not the handlebar moustaches of it’s residents.
The real reason to attend a conference is because of the people you’ll meet.
The cool part about 500 people descending on Portland this last week wasn’t the the fact that we can all run around town with name tags and matching t-shirts. The cool part is meeting 500 people who are all living amazing stories with their lives. Where else on earth do you get to meet:
The cost of living surveyor who flies around the world for a living. A guy walking all the way across America. A girl starting a sustainable clothing line with one of her best friends. A former lawyer who turned in her legal work for wanderlust. A-list bloggers determined to learn how to dance. Some guy set on riding every roller coaster in America. A massive nerd who speaks at Google in between flying around the world for less than $500. These stories are just a handful of the ones you get to hear about when you meet people face-to-face. And yes, every single one is even cooler in person than their blogs make them out to be.
So, next time you think about going to a conference, worry less about what the speaking sessions and focus more on the people you’ll meet in between them. They’re infinitely valuable.
Speaking of people, I jumped out a plane with over 40 of them on Friday and jumped off a perfectly good bridge on Monday with about 20 of them. Stories, recaps with photos and videos are all coming in the next few weeks as we work on gathering all the media and putting it together. Stay tuned!