Tips for First Timers

June 6, 2018


One of the most exciting things about the 2018 PYTA Conference is the number of new people coming this year! To help welcome new folks into the space, we reached out to some conference alums for tips. Here is what they shared: 


  • Come open!!! Open to learn, open to have fun, open to be inspired & to inspire...Most of all come as your authentic self...we will welcome you. PYTA IS family.


  • Come with an open heart


  • Make connections!! Socialize! It seems scary to force yourself to talk to strangers, but trust that everyone will be accepting and gracious (because they will!) and HAVE FUN! :)  


  • Soak up everything you learn in workshops


  • Remember that the folks at the conference do very similar work as you do and they can be great resources in the future!


  • Take any handouts that are given in those sessions and bring them home to your own community and share the information you’ve learned!


  • Find a buddy early on in the conference, even if it's strictly to cover all your bases and learn about breakouts you miss. You can use the conference schedule as an ice breaker to meet someone and make time at the end of the day to get food/coffee and exchange notes. That's an easy in to learning about who gravitates to each other socially and, even if you don't stick with your buddy the whole time, you'll still be able to say you've met someone new!


  • Self care:  If you need to skip a workshop to deal with email or go for a walk or get some sleep or decompress, please do it!


  • Measure capacity and communicate your needs as the arise


Thank you to Benita, Leelee, Gabby, Deejay, Nikki, and Brian for sharing these tips!

Preparing to come to the conference?


Remember to register before July 1st

If you're coming from far away, you can also book a room at the Sheraton Commander hotel


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