by Mindy Obenhaus
We’ve ordered/printed our business cards, perfected our pitch, polished our one-sheets, and organized our wardrobe. We’re almost ready to go.
One more quick note before I totally leave the topic of wardrobe. I couldn’t resist sharing a quote from Coco Chanel. Ms. Chanel believed looking our best showed politeness to others. She said, “Maybe today’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
Now it’s time to pack. Years of attending conferences have taught me to be prepared. Here are a few things you’ll want to be sure and bring along:
A sweater or jacket/blazer – Basically, anything you can layer. It could be 110 outside, but those meeting rooms are often two degrees colder than a meat locker. However, pack a lot of bodies into one room and it could go the other direction.
Snacks – I always pack some granola-type bars, nuts, or trail mix. That way I have a little pick-me-up without having to make a trip to the hotel gift shop. Save that for those late night munchies.
Safety pins – Just a couple, but you never know when you might pop a button or find you’re gapping where you don’t want to gap. You may never need them, or you might be someone else’s saving grace
Jewelry – Accessories make the outfit. Be sure to pack it in your carry-on to protect from theft.
Medicines – Prescription, yes, but a small bottle of pain-reliever may come in handy. Also pack in your carry-on.
Now that you’re all packed, take a deep breath. Ask God to not only bless your conference time, but that you would allow Him to guide your steps instead of taking matters into your own hands. When the Spirit is your guide, the way is never wrong.
What are some of your must-have’s for a conference?