For the month of May I attended a conference on Social Media. Yes, an entire month of sessions about social media presented by amazing speakers and opportunities to network with people from all over the world. How do you attend a conference for an entire month? It was a unique conference as the entire event was implemented virtually, utilizing social media sites/tools for presentations and networking. Michael Stelzner, author of “Writing White Papers” and the founder and executive director of the online magazine, SocialMediaExaminer.com, was also the person behind the Social Media Success Summit of which I was a participant.
Virtual conferences are an intriguing idea to me. Virtual conferences eliminate travel, hotel and various other expenses associated with conference traveling. They allow you to participate from the comfort of your home or office. You get the front row seat, so to speak. The presentation is clear, you can ask questions, receive handouts or links and network with the speaker. Maybe the most wonderful benefit is I didn’t have to run to the next session and fight for a chair and feel exhausted at the end of the day. I was able to focus on the speaker and really listen to what he or she was saying. Pretty amazing! The 2011 Social Media Success Summit fueled the excitement for me to chair our Virtual Women’s Business Event scheduled for March 2012 (which is also Women’s History Month).
Thanks to our state director, Diane Wolverton, our organization has made a commitment to have a presence on many social media sites and assist Wyoming small businesses as they market and set-up “shop” utilizing social media. Diane wrote a grant and received funding from the Small Business Jobs Act to implement several special projects and one of those projects is the Virtual Women’s Business event. Consider this the first public announcement. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis is co-sponsoring this event with our organization; Wyoming Entrepreneur. We have a vibrant and talented group of professionals working on the committee. Visit our website: www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz and link to our many social media sites to track our progress.
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