Checking In On After-Alt Action

By Sara Urquhart.  Photo by: Justin Hackworth 

Often when inspiration strikes, life doesn’t slow down to let us fully implement our great ideas, pursue new relationships, or develop those innovative habits we were so determined to implement. So we thought it might be helpful to revisit your after-Alt intentions with this helpful list of questions.

Have I connected with everyone I met that I wanted to follow up with, whether it was a thank you, a collaboration idea, or just a friendly hi?

Have I reached out to the sponsors for whom I think I’m a good fit?

Have I developed or improved my media kit?

Have I taken steps to implement my new ideas for my blog? If not, what’s the first baby step? When will I do it?

Have I taken any action toward the education I identified I need, such as photography or design classes?

Are my expectations for the year in a good place?

Has anything surprising or unexpected come out of my time at Alt?

Has my thinking shifted in a way that’s making a difference in my work?

Am I planning to attend Alt Salt Lake in 2014? 

Alt Summer Conferences: Be Ready

By: Sara Urquhart

The Alt summer conferences offer so many opportunities for building your business and your network. Be prepared to make the most of them with these suggestions.

1. Know what you want. You’ll get the most out of Alt by establishing clear intentions. Are you hoping to meet new friends, collaborators, or business partners? Looking for opportunities to contribute on other blogs? Hoping to connect with sponsors? Or just seeking inspiration and advice from the Alt community? Approach Alt with one or two goals in mind, and use them to guide your conversations and interactions.

2. Be flexible. Remember that great things often happen when we’re least expecting them. Be open-minded about unexpected directions or conversations, and you might walk away with an opportunity you’d never dreamed of.

3. Share openly, and listen well. Introduce yourself and your work with confidence and listen respectfully as others share their work and thoughts. Offer assistance, connections and introductions in the spirit of helpfulness that characterizes the Alt community.

4. Plan for success. Shortly after Alt, make an appointment with yourself (and keep it!) to review your notes and create a plan to implement your new ideas. All the great things you learned will serve you best when you put them into action.