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Emma's Guide to Great BarCamping

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Emma describes 10 steps you can take to have a great barcamping experience. First presented at BarCampCork2

Emma describes 10 steps you can take to have a great barcamping experience. First presented at BarCampCork2


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  • 1. Emma’s Guide to Great BarCamping Emma Persky storyteller, geek, believer, etc.
  • 2. How to make the most of barcamp in 10 easy to follow steps
  • 3. Step 1: Be Prepared
  • 4. Be Prepared • Make slides and notes in advance • Free to listen and partake in other sessions • Iron out those glitches
  • 5. Step 2: Go Alone
  • 6. Go Alone or in a Small Group • Greater opportunity to meet people • Network in groups of 2 or 3 • Introduce to each other
  • 7. Step 3: Arrive Early
  • 8. Arrive Early • Barcamps not every weekend • Get your session on the grid • Breakfast (if your lucky)
  • 9. Step 4: Be Prepared for Change
  • 10. Be Prepared for Change • Barcamp is all about challenging convention • Be open to adapting your session • Consider entirely new sessions on the back of discussions at barcamp
  • 11. Step 5: Don’t Be Afraid
  • 12. Don’t Be Afraid (to leave a session) • Not every session is for every one - multiple trakcs • Engage with the group before you leave • Find another session!
  • 13. Step 6: Make Few Plans
  • 14. Make Few Plans • Anything can happen at barcamp. No, really! • Opportunities to socialise outside barcamp, or perhaps share a ride • If you make plans, you will miss out!
  • 15. Step 7: Bring Cards
  • 16. Bring Personal and Business Cards • Don’t let people forget you • Business cards for those interested in your work • Personal cards for everyone (else) • Online contact details
  • 17. Step 8: Keep in Contact
  • 18. Keep in Contact • Collect those business cards • Add people to your gmail account, and import to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Upcoming, Dopplr etc. • If your really keen, do it on the way home, but whatever you do, don’t wait!
  • 19. Step 9: Have Fun!
  • 20. Have Fun • Really! Barcamp is not just about networking and learning • Fun with likeminded people • Play werewolf, uncricket, buzzword bingo, etc. • Take your eyes away from the screen
  • 21. Step 10: Organise Your Own Barcamp
  • 22. Organise Your Own Barcamp • Most important step of all • Give back to the community, locally or for a specialist topic • Don’t worry about it, just do it!
  • 23. Emma Persky emmapersky everywhere online emma.persky@gmail.com