1. A great notebook
to write down all the great info from the Changemakers heading to Austin. Or the phone numbers of the hotties you plan to scope out.
2. Plenty of pens
to write with because somehow they up and walk way or get nicked during a panel presentation. Or for those phone numbers I mentioned earlier.
3. Plan your schedule
to hit all the great presentations, panels and bands showcasing during the week. There are so many great opportunities in so many different directions. It will make your head spin. Kind of like that guy in the movie. You know the one I’m talking about.
With all the walking you have to do to all the venues its a good idea to keep your eyes covered. And of course if you need to go undercover so no one recognizes you. That could be a good thing too. Because hey, you know you’re a rockstar and other people probably know it to.
5. Bring your umbrella
! Always a good idea to stay dry. And it doubles to keep the sun off if you happen to be a vampire too.
6. Wear your smile
and have a good vibe. It’s the best way to meet new people and network with the awesome attendees at SXSW. And besides who wants be around a snobby, crabby, uptight Jack***?
7. Ok, ok, it doesn’t have to be an iPhone
. But bring something to record all your favorite panels. Pay attention to the rules though. Some panels don’t allow video but audio may be ok. Just ask first. Because I’m not getting in trouble for you, I get into enough on my own.
(And of course don’t forget an extended battery charger
of some sort. There a few outlets around but why should you be stuck to a wall?)
8. Flat comfortable shoes are a must. Runners, sandals, ballet shoes, whatever they are, wear something flat. Save the heels for dinner. Your feet will thank you later.
9. A bag big enough to haul your SXSW freebies! Need I explain more?
10. Your business cards. Bring them if you have them. And you really should have some. There are a lot of great people who can help drive your business forward that you should connect with. You have to have some way to follow up! And then of course there are the drawings to win more free stuff. And who doesn’t love a good raffle?
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