Reason #9: It’s local.
You don’t have to travel very far and everyone you meet will be dealing with the same issues you face.
Reason #8: No “Boat Show.”
I’m sure many of you have attended larger conferences and tradeshows and felt that all you took away was that big bag of swag and the feeling of mild disappointment that you didn’t win the big draw at the end. Traditional conferences and tradeshows are certainly an opportunity to network and educate yourself, but sometimes, they don’t work out the way they’re supposed to. Sometimes they’re just an excuse to get a lot of people in one place so vendors can sell you stuff. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SELLING at BarCamps. You are there to learn, to teach, to discuss and to network.
Reason #7: There’s food
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon drinks. What more do you need?
Reason #6: Interesting, creative, hardworking people – like you
BarCamp sounds intriguing to you? You probably have a lot in common with the other attendees.
Reason #5: Barcamps are edgy
You think you’re ahead of the curve? The fact that you are reading this blog proves it. BarCamps started in the technology and computer industries, where discussions weren’t about how to best use a smart phone, but were about building the best smart phone. Those in the industry that are on the cutting edge will be there.
Reason #4: Connect in person with people you know online
You know @peergroup pretty good. You tweet back and forth all day. Well, it’s time to put a face and a voice to that Twitter handle.
Reason #3: Conference participants determine the schedule
Every breakout session at a BarCamp is created by a participant. No podiums here. No rushed speeches and time for 5 minutes of Q & A. Want to talk viral marketing all day? Go for it!
Reason #2: The Rule of Two Feet
You may feel like discussing your favourite topics all day, but if a session suddenly switches direction and you’d like to see what else is going on, just get up and do it. Informal sessions means informal rules.
Reason #1: Relaxed, informal learning at its best
Studies have shown that people tend to learn best when they are immersed in a discussion, not when they are being talked at.
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