I'm still trying to catch up on my sleep after an exciting weekend at the 2nd annual TpT conference in Las Vegas! The weekend was jam-packed full of networking opportunities and learning from some of the most successful TpT sellers.
My husband accompanied me to the conference (what a good sport!). During our 3 hour layover in Chicago, I noticed the girl sitting next to me had a tote bag and when I saw it also had a logo on it I asked if she was going to the TpT conference. Sure enough! It was Ginger from The Teaching Treehouse. She was very sweet and even offered us a ride to the Venetian once we arrived in Vegas.
We were able to check into our room immediately upon arrival (even though check in time wasn't until 3pm and we arrived at noon). Once we settled in a bit we headed downstairs where the networking began!
Thursday morning my husband and I went to breakfast with two fellow TpT sellers (Brittany Washburn and Jennifer from Cupcakes and Curriculum who are in my Mastermind group) and their husbands. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at the Grand Lux.
The first session I attended on Thursday was Erin Cobb’s (I’m Lovin Lit) session, “From Teacher to Teacherprenuer”. This was by far my favorite session of the entire weekend. All I have to say is that lady is some kind of workaholic! She had so many great tips and was a huge inspiration to me. She started as a seller the month before I did and has risen to the top (currently #4) in that time. I’m think I’m seller #1,315 or something like that but who’s comparing. :) She definitely deserves the success she has had for all the hard work she has put into her store!
Next was the marketing panel with Rachel Lynette, Chris Kesler, and a few others. The panel had gathered questions from us in advance to answer during the session. I was happy to see a few of my questions chosen to be answered during the session. I had a few great take aways from this session.
The last session was on to the blogging panel with Miss Kindergarten, Maria from Kinder Craze, A Teeny Tiny Teacher and a few others. They shared the things that have worked for them and some of the mistakes they’ve learned from along the way. They talked about some of the technical aspects of Blogger and Wordpress. Since I use a different platform these were not applicable to me however I was still able to glean from the majority of their session.
The first session I attended on Friday was called, "Fix your Brand and Take Your Store to the Next Level" with Ariane from the Science Penguin, Blair Turner and Mary Montero from Teaching with a Mountain View. They emphasized quality over quantity, finding your niche and how to stand out from the crowd. They also left us with a TpT seller checklist.
Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills session, “Improving our Products with a Critical Eye” was next. Both Deanna and Deedee were also great presenters. They shared lots of tips for improving our products using their own products as examples. They also shared many PPT tips/tricks. I felt like I already knew a lot of the information they presented (since I’ve been a seller for a few years now I had to figure those things out on my own). This session would have been extremely helpful for a new seller! I did however come away with a few nuggets that I am eager to try out.
The next session was TpT Marketing: Do This Not That by Rachel Lynette. Her session was jam-packed with information. I also had some great take-aways from her session not to mention she was fun to listen to (and very blunt which I loved).
The final session of the day was Chris Kesler's, "Unlock the Code: Secrets of Seller Success". This was another awesome session! This guy has a lot of wisdom from his experiences with other on-line businesses. I did an interview with him a while back (which you can read here) so it was fun to finally get to meet him in person.
Friday night was another networking opportunity at the Kick Back with the Primary Pack's party. They gave away lots of prizes (and some adorable cookies!) but it was so loud in the Bourbon Room and we were so tuckered out from the weekend that we didn't stay long.
Overall it was a great experience! I learned so much which I am already beginning to implement. My only suggestion for next year is to change the location! I would love to see the TpT conference held in a more family-friendly and affordable location (possibly on the East coast)! If you are a TpT seller and have the opportunity to attend a conference I highly recommend it!