Attending a Disney Social Media Moms (DSMM) Celebration is an opportunity worth seizing.
ATTEND A DISNEY SOCIAL MEDIA MOMS CELEBRATIONDreaming of attending a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration?
2014 has been an odd recipe of excruciating trials of faith and inner strength, and amazing opportunities.
My invitation to attend a DSMM “On-the-Road” Celebration in Phoenix, AZ offered me a much-needed pause. The drive from Salt Lake City, UT to Phoenix, AZ allowed me to take a few deep breaths and get clear on what I valued most in life.
A bed to yourself and room to sprawl out in a dark, quiet room can be therapeutic.
The Celebration itself was wonderful, and the company was uplifting.
While I’m gathering photos and doing my best to keep pace with life after a couple of days away, I’m thinking of those who haven’t yet attended a DSSM Celebration.
For those of you excitedly anticipating your first Disney Social Media Moms “On-the-Road” Celebration, I have 5 Disney-Inspired Tips to offer you:
RISE AND SHINE
“Rise and shine, Sleeping Beauty!”
Mushu, “Mulan” | The Disney Wiki
Ask yourself: what do I need to feel confident today? There are days when, for me, it’s a full face of makeup. Great hair. Curled lashes and a little mascara. Fresh breath. A silent prayer.
Whatever it is that magnifies the inner you, do that before you step onto the plane, get in the car, or walk into your event.
I’ve found that when I feel confident and ready for the day, I seize more opportunities.
Whether that means snapping and sharing more selfies, striking up a conversation with a guest speaker or a successful blogger, or agreeing to meet up with a group of new friends after the event.
You might be surprised by what you have the courage to do, and wonderful and unexpected opportunities will follow.
STAND READY WITH YOUR CARDS
Card Soldiers, “Alice in Wonderland” | The Disney Wiki
A Note On Business Cards: sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. Your logo isn’t finished with time to order business cards, and hours before you set off on a 10-hour road trip you walk into FedExOffice with a USB drive in-hand — for example.
Sometimes Lori from FedExOffice stays past closing to help you print your business cards.
Lori is the best.
Have a stack of business cards printed and ready to share.
And, don’t let that one-of-a-kind business card you’re envisioning for your brand paralyze you. It’s going to be incredible, but in the meantime stand ready with a simple business card with all of the right information on it, and own it.
Unforeseen opportunities will present themselves to you, and you’ll never regret having a business card to share.
EXTEND YOUR STAY
“Just had to invite him to stay, didn’t we?”
Cogsworth, “Beauty and the Beast” | The Disney Wiki
Plan to give yourself one full “free day” before and after your event.
Immediately you’re thinking “Woman, you’re out of your everloving mind,” and I get it. I do.
Our oldest is 5 and our youngest, 2, has the energy of at least two kids. With Hubby’s busy schedule right now, finding enough babysitters to cover me for a few days is my personal Fear Factor challenge. Do I have that many friends?!
There will be times when you feel like you’re barely affording the event itself, and budgeting for an extra 2 days|nights feels impossible. Do what you can do.
If all you can do is budget for a frappe and give yourself a few extra hours at a nearby bookstore, do it.
In the last 6 months, I’ve consistently found myself wishing I’d given myself more time to:
☞ build relationships with others before and after the event
☞ get centered and relax
☞ play tourist
☞ absorb what I’ve learned, brainstorm, plan, and write
Whether your event spans half a day or 4 days, you and your family are investing time and money. Allow yourself time to absorb this new information and knowledge, and make plans to apply it before you dive right back into life and your daily routine.
RUSTLE UP SOME GRUB
“This looks like a good spot to rustle up some grub.”
Timon, “The Lion King” | The Disney Wiki
Always pack a snack for a quick energy and focus boost.
Undoubtedly, you’ll enjoy a yummy snack or meal.
DSSM Celebration schedules are filled with impressively successful and inspirational speakers. It can feel like an open fire hydrant of invaluable information.
Throughout each presentation, you’re:
☞ internalizing what’s being said
☞ scribbling down a relevant idea, insight, or application for the information
☞ judging when, and with which device you should snap a photo
☞ listening for great social media opportunities, like Tweeting a fabulous quote
Between presentations, you’re introducing yourself to, trading Disney pins with, and building relationships with dozens of beautiful new faces.
There’s a sweet excitement in the air, set to Disney music. You’ll have a wonderful time.
Halfway through your scheduled events, you’ll likely feel ready to ‘rustle up some grub.’ Having a snack on-hand can only be a good thing.
Unless it’s chocolate, in Arizona heat…
BE THE EARLY BIRD
Birds, “Cinderella” | The Disney Wiki
We can’t contain our excitement when the invitation arrives, and when the ticket to a DSSM Celebration is ours.
We mark the calendar and count down the days.
We spend hours shopping for the perfect outfit(s), designing business cards, and arranging child care|flights|rental cars|hotel reservations.
And, this event you’ve excitedly anticipated for months only begins once.
Those quiet moments before an event can be some of the very best for
☞ unobstructed photos
☞ rare and intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpses
☞ capturing the excitement the event guests are feeling before the doors open and the event begins
☞ greeting guest speakers before they’ve drawn a crowd
☞ feeling read for the event
☞ claiming a front-and-center seat
These magical events are over all too quickly. Enjoy as much of it as you can, and be the early bird.