Unofficial tips from a random millenial: #WebSummit
You did it, somehow you got your hands on one of the most expensive tickets ever.
That’s right, you’re going to WebSummit.
Congratulations, pat yourself on the back and take a selfie.
Hopefully, you’re not doing this just for the fame. No, you’re something bigger! You’re the future of this country, the next unicorn founder! Or maybe just some guy who thinks he might get something off the event, either way I have some tips for you.
The word of the week is: Networking.
That’s right, if you’re thinking about being as anti-social as a club bouncer and still getting anything worthwhile from this experience you’ve got another thing coming.
If you’re going to be anything for the next couple of days, be social.
Pro tip: don’t be “THAT guy” — you know who I’m talking about, the guy that handles his business cards before you even shake hands and talks about how cool his awesome new endeavour is.
The biggest impact this type of event can have in your life is leading you to meet the right people, whether it is your next employer, your next co-founder or even your new accountant! Who knows, anything can happen — but only if you take the plunge and interact with people.
Don’t limit yourself.
Don’t do it, you’ll feel tempted to. Step out of the comfort zone as much as you can. (With the proper forethought, of course).
There are times where the friends you brought to the event want to see the talk about IOT but your true passion is the talk about politics, which is at the exact same time!
Do the “right” thing — ditch ’em. You can see your friends any other day, inspiration is harder to come by, this isn’t supposed to be a get together, it’s something you’re undertaking to bring value to your own person so you can empower yourself and those around you. How are you going to do that by following your group wherever they go?
Plus, meeting new people is always easier when you’re by yourself as your natural instinct will propel you to socialize (or not, but it’s in your best interest if you do).
Remember to take a break, not all talks are important and only a very few select people will end up in the “that one person I heard that one time on websummit” group. If you feel like you need a breather and you need to excuse yourself out of the next tech mogul, do it, you’ll have more energy to spare when it really matters.
At the same time, be a “yes” man.
Not limiting yourself includes having freedom of schedule, if someone invites you for a coffee, dinner or a late night drink at Bairro Alto, say YES. Don’t think about it, just go with the flow, you never know where these things can go (see what I did there?).
And last but not least. Take care of yourself.
Bring water and comfortable clothing, your brain will be on information overload the majority of the day and you need every advantage you can get.
Do pay attention to what you’re wearing though, you’ll be causing 1st impressions all day long.
Pro tip: bring deodorant.