Less than a week to go – 10 top tips for newbies

There’s less than one week to go until Housing Camp hits the TVH offices in Twickenham on Saturday 18th May. Preparations are well under way, and I’ve just taken delivery of an un-sightly quantity of post-it notes – all good there then.

So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to run through some of my top tips for first timers…

One// Don’t be afraid to pitch
The day only works when people decide they want to talk about stuff and invite other people to join them. Have a read of Jayne’s blog post on pitching for more.

Two// Embrace the fomo
Fear of Missing Out (fomo) is inevitable – something you want to go to will be scheduled at the same time as something else you want to go to. Pick one, find someone who’s going to the other, and agree to exchange notes. There’ll also be write-ups and tweets to read afterwards too.

UKGovCamp last year - photo by David Pearson.

UKGovCamp last year – photo by David Pearson.

Three// Talk to people
The other people in the building will be people doing similar stuff to you, facing the same challenges as you and trying to change the world just like you are. Meeting them is good, and you don’t have to be in a session all the time.

Four// Go to the pub
Just like number three, it’s important for meeting people and good fun.
And if the weather’s nice, we’ll probably be by the river. (PS – thanks to Learning Pool for sponsoring).

Five// Follow along
The hashtag for Housing Camp is #housingcamp. Follow it on Twitter, Pinboard, Flickr (group), Audioboo, Slideshare, Storify and pretty much anything else you can think of.

A #ukgc11 session by Paul Clarke

A #ukgc11 session by Paul Clarke

Six// Create and share online
If you cope with the multitasking then definitely tweet (and blog, and record, etc) away during the event, the more you do, the more other people can join in online.

Seven// Continue the conversations
Join the Google Group (nb – this doesn’t exist yet), set up a hashtag alert, whatever floats your boat – just keep in touch with people! Trust me, they’ll prove some of the most valuable connections you’ll ever make.

Eight// Converse
If you go into a session thinking you’re about to share the one right way of doing something, or wanting to sell something – it’s unlikely to work. Just have a conversation instead.

Nine// Speak up
If you take one thing away from this blog post, it should be this: If you’ve got something to say, experience to share, suggestion to make – say/share/make it. Don’t hold back – this is one big conversation.

I couldn’t think of a number 10 to round off the numbering – any ideas?

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