Yep. In 5 days time it’s Britmums Live. And this year I am a butterfly. No, not literally, but there to smile and chat to the more apprehensive amongst you and assure you that we are all the same. Some might seem louder, but that’s just compensation for nerves. Crap. I’M nervous and I’m a flipping’ butterfly!!
But that’s because I know how it is.
I decided to write this post as a sort of interview with myself. Three years ago. When I was first attending Britmums and had SO many questions that didn’t quite seems to be answered…
I don’t know ANYONE who is going.
You and most other people. Those that have the most tenuous of links to someone will be all gushy and loud and (thinking thank GOD I’ve found someone). Give it five minutes and you will be that person. If not, FIND THE BUTTERFLIES.
What do I wear?
Anything you like. Jeans, trainers, dresses, heels, fancy dress…it’s all there and NOBODY cares. Really. I’d go for something comfy – jeans and flats. This year I am being dressed by the lovely Boden so I will be elegance personified. With wings. (Not the sanitary kind I hasten to add).
What do I do with my suitcase?
There is a bag and coat check at the venue. Fear not. They will take care of any excess baggage.
I haven’t been blogging very long…
Doesn’t mean you’re not FABULOUS! (and nobody cares)
When I meet people and they say ‘I blog at..’ and I have no idea – WHAT DO I DO??
Smile and say ‘I haven’t read your blog. Do you have a business card?’
If they do, you have their details and they feel great.
If they don’t, they feel embarrassed and you have the upper hand.
Nobody looks like their Twitter avatar. Who ARE these people?
Your guess is as good as mine. Smile. They like that. Then get out your phone/tablet/card and say…So, WHO are you again? (they will be the ones to feel like their profile isn’t big enough;-))
What if I get to the evening and everyone has plans and I don’t?
PLEASE come and find me (or another butterfly). DO NOT go back to your hotel.
I am going to All Bar One on Friday evening and eating far too much on Saturday. Come and find me.
I am there to meet brands and monetise my blog.
Good luck to you. Go and schmooze…hand out cards, tweet, instagram, Facebook…THEY LOVE IT!
I don’t want to walk in by myself.
Come to the Butterflies page on Facebook. We match up and get people to meet beforehand, like a coffee shop or pub, so they can walk in with friends.
I walk into a seminar and there are TABLES!! Where do I sit?
If you are feeling confident, go up to a free seat and ask “Is anyone sitting here?’ Chances are the answer will be NO and it is a mis-match of lots of bloggers.
Alternatively, (served me well in the past) sit at the end of a free table People will join you. You can do the seminar and not have to talk to anyone. It’s OK. Really.
I am only there for the BiBs…
Good luck. I am not bitter. At all. ;-)
I don’t know my way around London. Help! Scary!
It’s Ok. Everyone is so self-obsessed in London, they won’t notice.
Please, PLEASE, if you have ANY other questions – ask! nothing too silly and all will be answered.
I feel very privileged to be a butterfly seeing as I am really quite shy. But I think that means I understand. And I really do.
See you on Friday xx