The majority of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) members from across Canada will be in Vancouver this weekend, not only for the CAPS National Convention, but more importantly for the Global Speakers Summit (GSS).
Those of us unable to attend will be keenly watching Twitter for all the aha moments and shares of tips and strategies for successful speaking careers posted by those in attendance.
For all the GSS attendees, here are some social media tips for sharing your newfound knowledge with all your followers and any CAPS members left behind, like me…
- Before you leave home, get on the Summit’s social media platforms: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn. Follow along throughout the convention to receive additional information as an added bonus to make the most of your attendance.
- Use the GSS hashtag on everything that you post to social media. It looks like the conference would like you to use #GSSvan — Hashtags can be used most effectively on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Who knows… doing this one thing may attract new followers that you would not otherwise have reached, as they will be able to easily view all GSS posts using the common hashtag.
- Revisit Twitter and the #GSSvan hashtag often throughout the weekend to see what everyone else is saying. It’s also an easy way to connect with others attendees on Twitter!
- On that note… don’t wait until you get home to connect to other people who are attending GSS. Use Facebook or LinkedIn prior to the conference to connect in advance with the presenters. And, as soon as you meet someone new, simply use your smartphone to connect with them immediately on social media so that you can stay in touch.
- If you’re not on Foursquare yet, you can use this platform to check-in and find out if other members at the Conference are at the same places you, or what neat things they are doing. Share your updates with Facebook and Twitter, as well using #GSSvan.
- Often the best way to recap an experience is to blog about it. If you are really motivated, you could create a journal-like method for your blog posts, updating your readers about your experiences each day. Writing a post beforehand to outline your goals for the Conference might be a good idea, too.
- Finally, if you have a blog post that links directly to content you heard at conference — share it, and use the hashtag, but be careful with this piece of guerrilla marketing advice.
- And don’t forget about Instagram too! We want to see all the great people you meet, and all the important sightings of neat stuff in Vancouver – it’s a very beautiful place.
And this is definitely a must-read before you leave home:
10 Mobile Apps No Conference Attendee Should Be Without
Got a Tip?
Feel free to share it with us below on how you make your social media work for you when you’re attending a national convention.
Safe travels to all those heading to Vancouver from across Canada and around the World!
This guest blog was written by:
CAPS Manitoba Marketing & PR Chair
and… Chief Fear Slayer at
GoodToGreat Public Speaking Training