Just getting back from FinCon, my mind is still reeling with ideas to implement, connections I started, follow up to conduct, and, most importantly, new ideas to make this site so much better! I was pretty much all in for the conference, and, looking back, it was definitely the right choice. Today, I wanted to highlight my view of the conference from a "newbie's" perspective.
General Tips I Have For FinCon
Getting ready for the trip, I was so worried about the unknown. I was listening to the FinCon podcast to get new tips, I joined the Facebook group, Slack app, and the standalone app they had put together. I wanted to make sure that I knew quite a lot about the conference to be better prepared. Although it wasn't necessary, it really helped get my confidence level up and got me in the right mindset to be ready to network.
I over-packed for the conference but was happy to have options. As far as dress code, it was very laid back. I wore my logo'd t-shirts for 3 days and then the FinCon shirt they gave us at check-in the last day. I wore shorts on the warmer days and jeans when I got colder.
FinCon tip: Make sure you leave extra room in your bags for all the swag you get from the vendors! It's insane. I ended up with two extra bags between all the shirts, goodies and books!
Booking a room at the conference hotel was a great idea, even if it was a little more expensive. In fact, if you are getting your 2018 ticket in Orlando, you can reserve a room right now for the conference.
I ended up rooming with Keith from Money Is Not Taboo, whom I didn't meet in person until the day of the conference. We connected on Twitter and by phone beforehand, but it's these types of amazing networking in the community that have led to so much more. We had both reserved double queen rooms and ended up cancelling one of them to save half the cost on the room! We both lived to tell the tale, as we both joked that we were happy that the other was not a serial killer.
First Timer Orientation
After getting in and getting registered, they had a first timer orientation. I was going back and forth whether it would be worth it to go. In the end, I decided to go alone and ended up sitting with complete strangers. It wasn't long though that I was meeting new people and sharing what we did right there at the table. This year was amazing though, that room was packed! It was great to know that I wasn't the only first timer and the session was jam packed with advice and great tips to help network at the conference and get us ready for this crazy event that we so lovingly call FinCon! I'd love to give out a big shout out to Nick True, Mindy Jenson, and Brian Bain who got up and gave ideas to make the conference better for us first timers!
Sessions and Workshops, Oh My!!!
I had mapped out my sessions that I wanted to attend and did a pretty good job at getting to them. All the ones that I attended had some great actionable advice that I'm really looking to take action on. I did miss some, but used the time well to meet others and visit with sponsors at the Expo Hall to find some new partnerships. Going to the sessions, I would get so jacked up and motivated.
However, since there was still a bunch of conference still to go through, I wasn't able to take action on them right away. I'm so glad that they were all recorded and that I'll be able to go back through them throughout the year and start taking action on all the different things that are working for others.
My FinCon tip for sessions would be to go to them if they are interesting, but if you don't make it, don't sweat it. There were times when I was having a great conversation with others and completely missed the session, but made some new friends.
The Expo Hall
With so many different programs out there, you can spend an entire day just visiting all the booths in the Expo Hall. I spent quite a bit of time going through all the different pitches and listening to all the great ideas that different companies are implementing to help bring more financial literacy to fruition around the world. One of my big goals for this year was to find a few programs to partner with that I could come back and share with you.
I will be combing through the information shortly and will start playing around with the different stuff I've found and hope that I can help connect you with a few more products to help make your financial life that much easier in the coming year! I'm very excited about this and I just have to say that there is some amazing stuff going on out there!
There were three big keynote sessions to end each day of sessions based around the daily themes of Create, Promote, and Profit. I went to all three and was not disappointed. There were some great storytellers and some great information that came forward. Each day was a little bit different, but the speakers did a great job tying everything together for the theme of the day! I got to meet two of the three main speakers and had a great time!
We were even treated to a special musical performance from Dee-1. He sang two songs, "No Car Note" and "Sallie Mae Back". And he even went crowd surfing. It was pretty good!
Hanging Out With All My New Best Friends
I met so many incredible people during the entire conference. It was like being in a room where everyone has the same interest as you! It was so easy to strike up a conversation with so many people. There are so many different stories out there of people sharing their journey and doing some pretty cool stuff! I didn't take nearly enough pictures because I was trying to focus on being present in the moment and learning more about others whenever possible. However, at the costume party on the closing night, I did get a few pics with some pretty cool peeps!
Wrapping It All Up
FinCon has been an amazing experience for me. I have learned so many new strategies that I would like to implement over the next year. I'm looking forward to building on the relationships that I've started here and taking them to a deeper level. Many new products will be growing their base and I'm looking forward to matching them with all of you here when they are an awesome fit as well.
Check out these additional recaps with more stories and pictures from FinCon17:
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- Purpose, Community and Beer: A #FinCon17 Adventure | Adventure Rich
- FinCon17: What the hell just happened? | Think Save Retire
- The Power of Community, at #FinCon17 — and Everywhere Else | Our Next Life
- REVIEW: #FinCon17 – What a Rush?! | Future Proof MD
- I Found My Tribe! FinCon 2017 | Slowly Sipping Coffee
- My FinCon 2017: 4 days of Accidental Connections, Beer & Memories – Minafi
- Beer and BBQ in Dallas. Is Pecan Lodge the best BBQ ever? Yes, it is. | 1500 Days
- Adventures In Tipping: FinCon 2017 | The Happy Philosopher
- Oh What A Week! #FinCon17 Ya’ll Are Awesome | Life Zemplified
- Most Fun For the Cost of a Root Canal (#FinCon17) | Human Business Works
- #FinCon17 What Really Happened (on Twitter) | Northern Expenditure
- What’s My Story? Recap of #FinCon17 | Yes, I Work in My Pajamas
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- How Much Does It Cost to Go to FinCon (And a FinCon Recap) | Financial Panther
- My FinCon 2017 Review | Debt Free Climb
- My Favorite FinTech From FinCon 2017 | Janet Berry-Johnson / Forbes
- 9 Game-Changing Blogging Takeaways from FinCon 2017 | Do You Even Blog
- Why FinCon 2017 was Amazing and I’m Going to FinCon 2018 in Orlando | The Mastermind Within
- FinCon17 Dallas, TX Recap | Rebel with a Plan
- FinCon17 Recap | A Gai Shin Life
- Don’t Make a Pest of Yourself | Bayalis is the Answer
- Friday Gratitude: Censored | 1500 Days
- Playing with FIRE Documentary | Millennial Money
- FinCon 2017: So Much to Take in During a 4 Day Blitz | My Family on a Budget
- Life as a Living Statue, Party Crashing, & New Friends (FinCon Recap) Fetching Financial Freedom
- The Ultra-Official FinCon 2017 Review | The Happy Philosopher
- My FinCon Story — Fun Times and Regrets | Chief Mom Officer
- FinCon Madness | Millennial Revolution
- MilBlogging17 was awesome! (Oh, and FinCon17 too.) | The Military Guide
- Five Lessons from the FinCon17 FIRE Panel | Easy Does It FI
- 5 Themes of #FinCon17: Humility, Presence, Heart, Potential, and Collaboration | Tiller
- Impostor Syndrome Was Stopping Me From Making More Money | Mixed Up Money
- My 6 Favorite FinCon17 Moments | Route to Retire
- Takin’ Care of Business: FinCon 2017 Recap
- I Finally Went to FinCOn — Here’s What I Learned
- Figuring Out My Conference ROI — FinCon17. Wasit Worth It? | Michelle Jackson
- I Know a Lot of Nerds | Retirement Manifesto
- FinCon 2017: Putting Faces to Blogs, Beer and Take-Aways | Apathy Ends
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