We always look forward to seeing what people learn from their time at each Alt Summit conference. We also find it fascinating to see what trends emerge from the wealth of knowledge that attendees take home with them.Read More
Alt Summit is many things to different people and it changes over time. Alt created its flagship events to bring together a community of pioneering and rookie bloggers, social media influencers, and creatives where amazing things could happen.
To plant the seeds for amazing things to happen, Alt delivers more sessions and opportunities for networking than you can attend (and absorb). Each attendee and speaker choses their own adventure based on their goals. Six attendees, from first timers to second and third-time veterans share their experiences from Alt Winter 2015.Read More
When attendees are asked about their goals for attending for Alt Summit, two of the most common are networking with other creatives and learning. This round up of attendee recaps includes key takeaways from sessions as well as behind-the-scenes details on some of the event's interactive elements.Read More
For a while now we've all heard that this is the moment: video is going to be everywhere. Well this summer it was finally true. So many attendees live streamed sessions and snippets of the event via Snapchat and Periscope. In today's recap round up, we're sharing some video recaps from this summer's event as well as a few never previously shared from last summer and Alt Winter 2013.Read More
Are you still recovering from Alt Summer? The post-Alt blues are real! To help you ease back into your real world and its hustle and bustle, here are some more recaps from attendees. Grab your favorite drink and sit back for some fun!Read More
Every conference there are tons of great sessions. With so many inspiring topics and networking opportunities, it's hard to do it all. Today we're kicking off the recaps for Alt Summer 2015 with a few posts from some of our speakers!Read More
Feeling confident when walking into an Alt event is important, but not imperative. It is most important that you walk away from Alt feeling confident, inspired, and refreshed. Today's round up of recaps includes tips from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom for using fashion to give you confidence and more!Read More
How we form our impression of an event depends on three things: the people we meet, the things we learn, and the event itself.
Today's round up of recaps gives you a taste of all three.Read More
Whether or not a conference will impact a business in the short term or the long term depends on your homework. The work done before you leave for the conference. And the work done when you return from the conference. Today's round up of recaps offers a trio of practical how to's covering networking, the art of introduction, and sustaining your momentum.Read More
Not everyone attends Alt Summit for the same reason. Some come for inspiration. Some come for tips on building a business. And others come to learn where to start. Today's recap round up showcases what some Alt veterans came away with.Read More
What do you love most about Alt Summit? Is it the inspiring speakers? The amazing community?The opportunity to network with brands? Or all of the above? In today's recap round up, first-time Alt Summit attendees tell us and one even created a video of her experience, starting with checking in to the Grand America Hotel.Read More
By: Sara Urquhart of Alt Summit Top Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit
Alt is made up of events within events within events. I am often asked about how to throw memorable events. This series will talk about specific events at Alt, letting you know how and why behind-the-scene decisions were made that move us toward great functions.
The challenge for the Garden Party held at Alt Summer was to create excitement and an energy that could be felt both by guests and by those viewing photos of the event live on social media and after the event in our Flickr gallery. To do this, we needed to excite but not overwhelm the senses.
Kasi Miller of Kasi Miller Designs and I work on many of the Alt parties together. Kasi and I brainstormed ideas and then we worked to execute the details of this event.
Pops of Color
An important sense for The Garden Party was sight. We wanted to create an environment that worked in person and translated well to photographs.
To accomplish this, I started with color, specifically three bright, vibrant, fun summer colors: Orange, Blue, and Yellow. These colors, used throughout the party, created a unified space and appeared in the décor, the activities and even the food. The colored balloons on the tables created a ceiling for the space, giving the eye a path for traveling up to admire the architecture of the Grand America but then right back down into the party.
Abundance of Details
When guests are headed to a party there are some things they expect (like food, drink, activities, etc.) We provide all the expected items and then we work to layer on a variety of extra details that we hope make the guests smile.
Staying with three colors we added flowers designed by Soil and Stem to the tables. We shared candy, in coordinating colors provided by Maison Confiserie et Boutique. And we provided summer activities like yellow bikes and croquet sets. We also made sure the two patches of grass were unobstructed so people could kick off their shoes to feel summer between their toes.
To heighten the sense of a welcoming space, we hung colored streamers from all the trees around the edges of the courtyard. These streamers created a sense of entering a special event, leaving the hustle and bustle of your every day life behind. The ribbons also defined the space and encouraged guests to congregate within the line of trees rather than on the outside edges of the space.
Activities that Get Guests Mingling
At these events mingling is important for both introverts and extroverts to have fun. For The Garden Party, the way we did this was to include activities that reminded guests of childhood summers and would encourage laughter.
We provided bicycles with baskets sent by our friends at Hayneedle full of flowers so that guests could ride and relive childhood memories.
On one of the areas of grass, we invited guests to play croquet also provided by Hayneedle. Croquet encouraged guests to mingle and took the pressure off of having to find something to say.
Places for Capturing Memories
Once guests are comfortable, we wanted to provide spaces for recording the moment: photographs that online friends could look back on and remember real life connections and for new friends to build future online relationships upon.
We had two areas for photos. TinyPrints designed and captured group shots throughout the party. Attendees chose from clever summer props that helped them style a personal picture. The second photo area featured mopeds that allowed guests to relax and have fun recording their memories, because what screams summer more than the freedom of mopeds?
When you are planning your own event make sure to think through what will help your event feel unified, we used color to do that at the The Garden Party. Remember to layer your event with unexpected surprises like we did with the flowers, the bikes and the candy. Finally, providing clever spaces where people can capture their night so the feeling can be revisited may be important at your event. It is these kinds of details that make any party or event feel special.
It is a month and a half since our first Alt Summer and the recaps keep coming!
- Ruth of The Planned Adventure gives entrepreneurs and bloggers who live outside the US/Canada tips on succeeding at Alt
- Heidi of Spit Fire Mom talks about moms at Alt
- Jessica of J. Sorrelle lists ten things she learned at Alt and compiles her experience into a video
- Miggy of This Little Miggy Stayed Home, a first time attendee to Alt Summit, explains why she wanted to go to Alt, what her expectations were, and how the experience delivered
- Allie of Set Forth Studio, another first time attendee to Alt Summit, shares her experience and three takeaways
- Emily of Hudson and Emily offers three tips to future attendees and her top four takeaways
- Anne of The Hills are Alive reveals her main takeaway from Alt Summit
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Last week registration for our fourth Alt for Everyone opened. Alt for Everyone is our completely online conference that you can attend from the comfort of your own home while you learn new skills, get inspired and connect with fellow attendees. Throughout the event, you can interact with speakers during their sessions via live Q&A. You are also able to connect with attendees before and after the conference in a private Facebook group, during sessions via chat, and in a virtual meet and greet.
Curious what past attendees have thought of the conference? Here are some recaps:
- Marian of Musings she Wrote summarizes key points from the sessions she attended and gives you a peek at the goodie bag
- Marigold of Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! reveals her top 5 takeaways from the conference
- I share the Three C's to Live By from Karen Walrond's keynote
If you are thinking about attending Alt for Everyone, get your tickets now! Popular sessions, such as Pinterest Strategies from Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte, and Analytics 101 from Monique Malcolm of AntiSparkle, fill up quickly. Check out the entire schedule here.
Did you miss Alt Summit Summer this past June? Or just need a little boost of inspiration to get you through your seemingly never ending to do list? Either way we have just what you need: the inspiring keynotes from Joy Cho of Oh Joy! Studios, sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, and Martha Stewart, sponsored by Bing.
- Watch Joy as she talks about her creative journey.
- Watch Martha as she shares her road from start up to major brand.
Over the past month, we have rounded up recaps from Alt Summit Summer, covering the business cards, the sessions, the fashion, and more. Miss one? Here you go!
- General takeaways from participants (Recap Part One)
- Photographs from Alt Summit Summer 2014
- More general takeaways from participants (Recap Part Two)
- Takeaways from speakers, including Martha Stewart herself (Recap Part Three)
- Perspectives of a sponsor, Alt Summit photographer, first time speaker, and more (Recap Part Four)
- Round ups of Alt Summit Summer 2014 business cards
- Notes from popular sessions (Recap Part Five)
- Round up of Alt Summit Summer 2014 style and fashion (Recap Part Six)
Shortly after registering for Alt Summit and thinking about business cards, attendees turn their attention to what they will wear. There are at least five outfits to consider: one for meeting sponsors over dinner; two for sitting in sessions and networking over lunches; and two for the parties. Depending on how you are arriving in Salt Lake City, your wardrobe selection may be constrained by whether or not you chose to check a bag (or bags) with your airline or fit everything inside one carry on bag.
Many attendees shop their existing wardrobe, while others use the event as a reason to make or purchase something new.
The most important advice to take when it comes to dressing for Alt Summit is this: Be yourself. Alt Summit is an opportunity to show your best self and the easiest way to do that is to simply be who you are. If you are comfortable, you will be able to focus on your goals -- the reasons you decided to attend Alt.
- Stasia of Thrift Me Pretty plans outfits to achieve Inside-Out Congruency and post-Alt believes fashion has no place at Alt (style yes)
- Reachel of Cardigan Empire breaks down the signature styles of Alt attendees
- Breanne of Red Poppy Photo captures the variety of styles seen at Alt across each event
- Sam of Style of Sam shops her wardrobe and explains how you can mix separates for new looks
- Lisa of Zelma Rose shares her attire as a styled color story
- Sarah of Portraits to The People captures the accessories of Alt
No matter how you plan your conference experience, you are going to miss something. During a breakout session, there may be multiple panels you want to attend, or you may be speaking. Many of our speakers from Alt Summit Summer have shared insights and notes from their sessions.
- Pinterest Strategies: Top Ten Pinterest Tips from Alex of A.V.E. Styles
- MBA to Blogger: The Business of Blogging slides shared by Reachel of Cardigan Empire
- MBA to Bloggers: The Business of Blogging: How to Make (and Track) Money Blogging from Emily of Hudson and Emily
- Building Your Business on Instagram Cheat Sheet from Lisa of Zelma Rose and recap from Sarah of Portraits to The People
- Growing a Small Blog: Positioning Yourself as an Expert from Ciera of Ciera Design
- Growing a Small Blog: Self Promoting and Networking from PJ of A Girl Named PJ
- Growing a Small Blog: Guest Posting on Other Blogs from Mariah of Oh What Love
- Growing a Small Blog: Blog Collaborations from Melissa of Lulu the Baker
- Growing a Small Blog: Social Media and Giveaway Collaborations from Tan of Squirrelly Minds
If you spoke at Alt Summit Summer and have shared your presentation or notes, be sure to use the hashtag #AltSummit and tag us @AltSummit. We will pin your recap to our Alt SLC June 2014 board on Pinterest and will include in a future round up or post.
Business cards shared by creatives are an art form. Because so much thought and energy goes into these creations, we like to give attendees to our conferences the opportunity to show them off. This year DENY Designs provided magnetic boards for us to display our business cards.
In previous recaps, we featured business card round ups from Tan of Squirrelly Minds, Courtney of Courtney Khail Watercolors, and Ciera of Ciera Design. Here we share some of the business cards attendees created for our Alt Summit Summer conference as well as business cards round ups from our Alt Summit Winter conference.
The Business Cards of Alt Summit Summer 2014
- Ruth of The Planned Adventure rounds up the beautiful business cards she collected
- Melyssa of The Nectar Collective shares the cards she made
- Marigold of Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! reveals why she bothers with custom cards (in January notes you pass in high school and in June finger puppets)
- Gillit of Shoes Off Please talks about how she created cards that represented both her and her brand
The Business Cards of Alt Summit Winter 2014
- Tania of It Sweet and Savory shared her cards with purpose and had meaningful connections, broken down by concept and neutral and pink toned cards
- Sarah of Sarah Hearts reveals her favorite business cards
- Moorea of Moorea Seal groups her collected cards by color palette: black and white, red and orange, pink and purple, and more
- Meg of Megan Tsang Studios rounds up cards and swag she collected
- Camille of Friday We're in Love breaks down the cards she gathered by type: photo themed, bright colors, pastels, and more
About Those Boards
Attendees at both our Alt Summit Winter and Alt Summit Summer conferences shared their cards on magnetic boards created by DENY Designs. DENY is a modern, think-outside-the-box home furnishings company based in Denver, Colorado. They empower customers to transform dull everyday household accessories into fun and original statement pieces by adding a personal image or selecting artwork from the DENY Art Gallery. With each purchase from the Gallery, their team of talented artists donate part of the proceeds, enabling DENY to support art communities all over the world while also spreading the creative love!
No one who comes to Alt Summit has the same experience. While the recaps share key takeaways from keynote speakers the perspectives differ. This round up of recaps features the perspectives of a sponsor, one of our Alt Summit photographers, a first time speaker, two first time attendees, and a pregnant attendee.
- Tiny Prints, an Alt Summit sponsor, recounts their experience and shares portraits taken by Izzy Hudgins during The Garden Party at the photo booth.
- Justin of Justin Hackworth Photography (one of the photographers for Alt Summit) retells the week through a curated selection of his images.
- Tan of Squirrelly Minds, a first time speaker at Alt, confesses that Alt, as much as she loves it, freaks her out.
- Melyssa of The Nectar Collective reveals what Alt is like for a first time attendee and Courtney of Fig & Honey advises first timers (all attendees) should send themselves a kiss.
- Meg of Snap Happy Mom gives advice to Alt attendees who are pregnant.
Want more recaps? Visit our ALT SLC June 2014 board on Pinterest.