Alt Summit Summer Recaps Part Two

By: Eden Hensley Photos by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Last week at Alt Summit Summer we made connections, we scribbled down or typed notes furiously. Here is another batch of recaps from attendees and speakers along with a request for ideas on how to foster a welcoming community.

Showcasing Your Business Cards

Let us start with some business card round ups, because after all, who does not want to get ideas for their next business card?

Catching Up on Sessions You Missed

Attending every session is impossible. Depending on your personal goals for coming to Alt, you may have been connecting with sponsors or chatting with one of our three experts at the Ask an Expert tables. Here is a recap from one session that is always incredibly popular--the Pinterest Strategies talk; Alex of A.V.E. Styles shares her top ten Pinterest tips. Other speakers are planning on sharing notes and slides from their sessions and we will round them up in a future recap post.

Creating a Welcoming Environment

One recap that we especially would like to highlight is from Kristen of When At Home. We take pride in creating an environment where connections can happen. Ultimately how welcoming that environment is to first timers, to introverts, and others, depends on you--on all of us.

Not all the interactions or impressions of our Alt community were positive; more than a few experienced demeaning interactions. We know that Alt Summit can be overwhelming and have introduced Alt Reps as well as the early bird How to Succeed at Alt Summit session to help. Got a suggestion for how we can make the environment more inviting? Please share your ideas here or send us a private email. 

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.