Don’t forget to pack these items for CFC!

Tom T bugThe 2013 Creative Freelancer Conference is just a few days away. As you start packing your suitcase, there’s a few things you’ll definitely want to make sure you bring with you.

Now I’m assuming that you know how to dress yourself and will remember to bring chargers for any of your electronic doodads (you can get toothpaste from the hotel’s front desk), so I’m just going to focus on a few essentials specific to this amazing event:

  • Business Cards. Bring more than you think you’ll need, because you’re going to meet a lot of people you’ll want to stay in touch with. Keep them in your pockets at all times; stick extras in your notebook, tablet, or laptop case; and stash a few more behind your name badge. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and workout clothes. You won’t just need these for your personal exercise routine, because Ilise will personally lead morning “netwalking” on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday morning. Watch for details on the @MMToolbox Twitter feed (search for #netwalking). (And don’t assume this will be a casual stroll. Ilise walks fast.)
  • A table sign and samples for the Happy Hour + Matchmaking for Freelancers & InHOWse. (If you signed up for it.)
  • An extra suitcase. You’re going to pick up a ton of great freebies when the exhibit hall opens, and you’ll need something to bring it all home in. A lightweight bag or carry-on that can fold and ride along in the suitcase you bring with you is just the thing. (Those of you who live in San Francisco are the lucky ones this year.)
  • A jacket or sweater. Just because it’s California doesn’t mean it’s going to be warm all the time. Some rooms may be hot, others may be cold, and some will change mid-session as people come and go. Your best bet is to dress in layers.
  • A smile. You’ll get the most from CFC if you come prepared to be friendly and meet friendly people. You’ll be expected to mix a lot too, so don’t plan to sit in the same place with the same people for every session.

Reminder for shy people (like me): If you want low-risk practice introducing yourself, say hi to me!

See you in San Francisco!

Tom N. Tumbusch writes copy that creates action for creative agencies and green businesses. He publishes a free writing tips newsletter each month and periodically shares more casual wisdom on the WordStream of Consciousness Blog. His tiny solar-powered corner of the Internet can be found at