9 thoughts from my first TBEX ’13 social event …

Last night was a quick and dirty drop in at the TBEX Preparty at Tryst NightClub. I was quickly reminded of why these types of social situations make me awkward – it’s not liming, it’s not true networking and everyone seems to know someone else.

  1. Walking up to people who’s blogs you’ve read but never commented on, is difficult.
  2. Not having a travel website business card can make you feel lame. Those business cards are like a blogger’s resume. Weird!
  3. Eating your tacos and avoiding a conversation about your tacos can make people think you’re rude.
  4. The stories you will hear from other travel bloggers can be amazing and inspiring. If you ever need fuel or inspiration to travel more, just talk to a travel blogger for 5 mins – you’ll be stoked!
  5. Nothing better to give you a dose of reality about your blog than reading writers who are better than you and who pour their soul into it.
  6. Having a travel blogger party in a nightclub venue can only work, if the organizers are socially aware of the music. People are there to talk and network – not hookup.
  7. Networking in a corporate setup is way easier than networking at a travel blogger party – but maybe it’s because I don’t know the rules and I don’t know the important people.
  8. My hatred of Twitter is not good when networking with travel bloggers … I said hi and immediately people asked for my twitter handle. It made me wakeup this morning and redo my twitter introduction – I tried to be funny, factual and something else … lemme know if it works
  9. Tonight is another event : http://twtvite.com/TravelMassiveTBEX13 – to see if I can get some traveller business cards to hand out by 8pm tonight – I doubt this is going to happen though! Ah the sweet optimism of the morning!
  10. I have to get with the times and work at Twitter!!

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com

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