• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

Music Conferences: Part 3

This is article is a conclusion to the 3 part series on music conferences and is focused on what not to do at music conferences.

Don’t come on too strong

There is definitely a right and wrong way of doing things. Industry attendees are there for the same reason you are, to network. In our passion for what we do and the need to express it may come off two strongly, Our music is our lives and we tend exude that when it comes to our creations and wanting decision makers want to love us and our songs. Try to resist the urge to talk about yourself and your music right away. Get to know the person your talking to. In many industries and in life this is considered being respectable and professional. Provide this level of respect and you will find a more favorable response.

Don’t over schedule yourself.

Conferences usually start early, end late, and go on for a couple of days. Pacing yourself through this intense venture will help you enjoy it more. Review your intinuary to help maximize your experience and rest. We all need to recap, reorganize, and prepare for what’s next. You will be provided with a wealth of information that can help you become more successful and navigate your career. Hopefully, this information triggers ideas and motivates you.

Don’t Expect Miracles.

Careers are not created over night or during a weekend. Be more realistic in your expectations of a conference. The purpose is to educate and network. Think of it as finding like minded people who are walking on the path looking for information on what trails are open, where to stock up on supplies, and other knowledgeable resources. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Get to know the people that you will see again and again in your journey. Everything good is worth working, planning and preparing for.

The last and most crucial “Don’t” is to Don’t Forget to Follow up!

The best benefit to a music conference is what happens afterwords. Attendees will spend days meeting other people and never remember who is who even with a host of business cards and music demos. However, that follow up, “it was a pleasure meeting you, Thank you for the awesome advice, and hope to see you at the next conference”, letter or email will help lay that concrete foundation of networking that you will need.

To sum all these articles in one phrase: Plan for the an awesome time of educational, professional and realistic when attending music conferences.

Good luck and stay productive.

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