I received a last minute opportunity to attend Alt Summit for the very first time and I decided to take the plunge. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been lurking around blogs since 2008. At the time, I was living in Harlem and planning my wedding. I started reading Cup Of Jo when Joanna was planning her own wedding in Manhattan and I was getting married a few miles south of where she held her ceremony. Then I started reading Oh Joy, who at the time was living in Philly (where I had just moved from) and I was so excited that we had the very same bedspread. Ha! I imagine that if I felt this connected by a simple bedspread then I’m probably going to make some real friendships and lasting connections at Alt. That’s my hope, anyway.
I’m finally realizing that I don’t need to be just like Joanna or Joy to create a space online. I can share what I personally do and have to offer in life. Seeing that this is my very first blogging conference, I prepared in the only way I know how, by reading. Below are some of my favorite self-help and business books and a few I added to my reading list. Do you have any favorites?
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – This has been on my list forever and I just found it in my library over the weekend. When discussing her purpose for writing the book she explains that you don’t need to be an actual artist to live creatively yet, “I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” I love this idea.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – I could (and maybe sometimes do) read parts of this book every day. I purchased it on audible and listen to it any time that I need a little pep talk. Sincero talks about the power of making a decision and going for it, acting rather than waffling.
The E-Myth by Michael Gerber – I’m a big podcast junkie and found this book when Susan Petersen referenced it on Pat Flynn’s podcast and I first found Pat Flynn when Amy Richardson-Golia mentioned him on Hillary’s blog, I’m Like Brave. The basics of the book can be applied to all areas of life to help you feel more in control, happy and productive.
Successful Women Speak Differently by Valorie Burton – So far this book is a great read. Burton analyzes the ways that women often soften their message through tone and speaking in questions rather than statements.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – Well, we all know that I am spending more than $100 to attend Alt but this book is quick, basic, to the point and so helpful. By nature, I can often work more as a martyr doing the work and not telling anyone about it. This book explains exactly how to stop being a martyr and start sharing your work.
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney – So maybe don’t pack this one since it’s heavy but when you come home and you’re feeling inspired, pick it up! It tells stories of women and how they found their passions and continue to carve out spaces within the working world to fit their talents.
Movers, Shakers, Mommies and Makers by Stacey Bannor - Through personal interviews, this book highlights the ways companies grew from an idea to production and into a thriving business. I appreciate this book most because it’s specific and answers many of the questions you’ve probably wondered about how online businesses got started.
What types of conferences have you attended and how did you prepare?