Blogger: Wendy Lawton
We’ve had a number of posts about how to get ready for a writing conference but having just landed home after attending the wonderful ACFW (American Christian fiction Writers) Conference in St. Louis, I thought now would be a perfect time to collect some great tips for what to do after the conference.
Plan at least one day to decompress. I arrived home late Sunday night but planned in advance to take Monday off. Depending on how long the conference, one day may not be enough.
Reconnect with family. So what did I do Monday after unpacking? Keith and I drove 75 miles to Castroville, to the best deli on the west coast– The Giant Artichoke– and took our sandwiches to the beach at Moss Landing to eat and talk. The long day driving gave us a great chance to reconnect. Planning the time to share all the things that happened at the conference keeps it from feeling disconnected from “real” life.
Write notes. I have a few thank you notes to write. (One of my clients, Tari Faris, made me this gorgeous bag as a gift. Aren’t you jealous?)
Ease back into social media and online communication. Let’s face it, we’re all going to be far behind. If you are like me and you try to set aside social media to be face-to-face with people at a conference, we’re going to have a lot of catch up. Take that extra day to be face-to-face with the people in your life.
Compile your action list. I promised to send things, read things, call people, get back on information, etc. I need to go through my notes and look for those telltale arrows that alert me to something that needs to go onto a to-do list.
Download your photos and organize. I took tons of photos and needed to send copies to those in the photos and send the ones of our Books & such reception to the main office and. . .
So how about your tips? What do you do after an intense conference? Care to share?
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