We can’t believe it’s here again. Create & Cultivate Dallas is only two weeks away. As our team nails down last minute preparations, you can also begin preparing, especially if you’re a first timer. We want you maximize your C & C experience, so here are our six tips on how to make that happen.
You don’t need a lot for the conference, a weekender bag is enough, but Saturday is a jam-packed day. (Ahem, wear flats.) Which means you should have a bag big enough for a notebook, Mophie power pack for your phone— you don’t want to miss all those powerhouse #createcultivatedallas IG moments, and business cards.
Pick Your Mentors Now
The mentor experience makes Create & Cultivate one-of-a-kind. If you’ve had your eye on a mentor and don’t want to miss the opportunity to get one-on-one time with her, don’t wait until the last minute.
Stay in Your Happy, Power Place
Girls compete, women empower. You are going to be surrounded by a lot of women, some of whom are trying to create a brand the same way you are. Don’t get stuck in the competition, bur rather use this as an opportunity to network, make friends, and potential business partnerships. There is enough success out there for everyone, so stay open to the possibilities.
One of the hardest questions to answer is, “What do you do?” especially when you’re starting your own business. Have this nailed down so that you are confident when meeting new people. Beyond that, look over the panelist list and have questions ready. There are Q & A sections after every panel, and if you have something you’re dying to ask, have it prepped. The better the questions, the better the panel— so be specific. Plus, if someone takes interest in the kind of question you ask, you never know who will end up approaching you.
Take Advantage of Everything on Site
Be sure to check out and check in to all the pop-up shops on site. We recommend getting your hair braided, makeup retouched, your portrait sketched by Paper Fashion’s Katie Rodgers at Vaseline’s pop-up, and snapping a photo in the Framebridge photobooth. The options are endless. Mix, mingle, create, cultivate and shop. (And maybe eat a cupcake while you’re at it.)
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
There is a social happy hour the night before the conference that we highly recommend you attend. Create & Cultivate is not the time be a wall flower. We know it’s hard to be bold, put out your hand and yourself on the line, but it’s worth it. You’re here for a reason, you paid for a reason. So If need be, give yourself a little mirror pep talk in the mirror before you leave your hotel room. If you don’t know where to start, say hi to our founder, Jaclyn Johnson, or any of the Create & Cultivate team. We are here to make sure your conference experience is an engaged and wonderful experience.