What are the best tips for attending Podcast Movement? This year's event is August 23-26, 2022 in Dallas.
I asked folks who'd previously attended what their recommendations were for getting the most out of this conference for podcasters and the podcast industry. Here's what they said:
At over 3,000 attendees, Podcast Movement is likely the largest conference for the podcast industry.
What makes Podcast Movement unique is that it brings together all sorts of podcasters (hobbyists, professionals) with other folks from the podcast industry (podcast hosting companies, microphone manufacturers, and large platforms like Apple and Spotify).
Officially the conference website says:
The goal of Podcast Movement has been to bring together and educate active and aspiring podcasters, and industry professionals, to grow the podcast community and industry as a whole.
Podcast Movement does run other events, including Evolutions, which is more for industry people.
Many folks will fly in a day before the conference to hang out and tour around. I always regret it when I arrive at the conference the day it’s starting.
"Based on my past experience, it's better to arrive early then try to stay longer after the conference. If you want to add a vacation to the trip, add it before the conference instead of adding it after." – Benedikt Deicke, Slow & Steady
For Podcast Movement (August 23-26, 2022), I'm flying a day early, on Monday (August 22), and returning on August 27, 2022.
At most conferences, the biggest benefit will be meeting and networking with other attendees outside of the main talks.
This might mean grabbing a coffee with another attendee, joining a table for breakfast, or hanging out in the lobby outside the conference room. From what I've heard other attendees say, this informal hangout time can be the best part of Podcast Movement!
Here are a few things to remember:
Make a plan for who you would like to meet, and what topics you want to discuss. If you have specific folks you’d like to ask questions of, write a list of their names and what topic you’d like to discuss.
But… also be open to meeting “sleeper attendees.” At any event, there are always people everyone wants to talk to, and then there are folks who aren’t as well-known. Outside of the bloggers, podcasters, and “internet famous” people you’ve heard of, there will be many amazing folks at Podcast Movement, with awesome stories to tell.
Rehearse your answer to: “what are you working on?” People at Podcast Movement are curious! They’ll want to know about your podcast or other projects you’re working on. Don’t be self-conscious. Just tell them about your podcast, your business, and your projects.
One idea is to host a reception in your room during the evenings. Buy some drinks, and give out personal invitations (be sure to invite a wide variety of people!)
Joining others for a meal or coffee can be a great opportunity to meet new people. (See below for good options around the hotel).
Be vulnerable. If you’re struggling with something, share it with others! It’s likely other people have been where you’re at now. Be open and honest; no need to fake it.
Podcast Movement talks are packed with tactics. Want to get the most out of them?
Leave your laptop in your room. It’s way too easy to get distracted during a talk by Slack, your email, and other work that needs to be done. Bring a pen and paper, or write notes on your iPhone.
You don’t need to take photos of each slide. Most speakers make their slides available afterwards, and the talks are also recorded.
Enjoying a talk? Let the speaker know! Quote a notable line on Twitter (use the #pm22 hashtag), or tell them afterwards.
Here are some tips for speaking at the conference:
Practice. When it comes to being prepared, practicing your talk (out loud) trumps everything else.
Practice your talk in front of an audience. Give your talk in front of your family, friends or at a meetup.
Watch past talks. You can find them here on Youtube. Observe what works and what doesn’t. Remember, you don’t have a lot of time, so you need to be succinct and focus on a few key points.
"You'll never find a better opportunity to network with others in the industry. Take full advantage of it."
– Joe Stone
Thanks to Nathan for these suggestions:
Weekend Coffee (Downtown, 1.09mi)
Merit Coffee (Deep Ellum, 1.19mi)
Houndstooth (Knox-Henderson, 2.52mi)
Toasted (Lower Greenville, 2.45mi)
Taqueria La Ventana (Downtown, 0.79mi)
Tacodeli (Oak Cliff, 3.42mi)
Kolaches from any generic donut shop
Tacos and Tex-Mex:
Mi Cocina (Klyde Warren Park, 0.54mi)
Vidorra (Deep Ellum, 1.19mi)
Federales Dallas (Deep Ellum, 1.39mi)
Trompo (Oak Cliff, 3.21mi)
Pecan Lodge (Deep Ellum, 1.24mi)
Terry Black’s (Deep Ellum, 1.84mi)
Loro [Asian Fusion] (East Dallas, 1.59mi)
Rodeo Bar (Downtown, 1.02mi)
Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Uptown, 1.56mi)
Rodeo Goat (Design District, 2.7mi)
Maple & Motor (Medical District, 3.28mi)
Knife Steakhouse (Lower Greenville, 4.13mi)
Bars, beer, cocktails:
Happiest Hour (0.9mi)
Sixty Vines (1mi)
Midnight Rambler (1mi)
Rodeo Bar (1mi)
Dot’s Hop House (1.3mi)
Harlowe MXM (1.3mi)
Federales Dallas (1.4mi)
The Rustic (1.6mi)
Thunderbird Station (2.1mi)
You'll see a lot of folks in jeans, t-shirts, and button-up shirts. You'll also see some folks who are in shorts!
Check your passport well before you leave. Is it up to date? Does it need to be renewed?
Don't spend too much time in your hotel room. You’ll definitely need some rest, but if you hide in your room the whole time, you’ll miss out. Podcast Movement is about building relationships. If you go to any of the hotel restaurants, you can usually find other attendees.
Add the conference app to your phone. The conference app is the main communication channel. It’s where a lot of the planning for social get-togethers happens.
Don’t drink too much alcohol. There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks with other attendees. But being hungover is the worst! Take it slow.
I hope this is helpful!
Co-founder of Transistor.fm
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