We had the opportunity to attend 5 planner events this year and we have opinions on everything from what to pack, and what we hope to see next year. This is our comprehensive field guide for attendees, shops, speakers, and event hosts. If you are planning on attending a planner event in 2020 make sure to listen, and weigh in over in our Planner Girl Chatter Community!
What to expect as an attendee:
You need to put your social hat on
Be cool about the swag / table swag – It’s donated!
Enjoy the time to yourself
Leave space in your bag, or bring an extra bag
Target is everywhere if you forget something
Wear comfy clothes
Chill the fuck out
Personal Request – Snacks are wonderful tablemate gifts!
Recommendations to shops on swag
1. Make cool stuff to buy before the event & make swag reflect things in your shop or stuff we can use AT the event.
2. Think further down the road for samplers. Many planners may have bought what they want for the next holiday.
3. Extend promo codes way beyond the event, or create other incentives for people to shop later. We don’t buy right away!
Speakers – It’s time to change it up and /flex/ on fresh topics, new stories.
Hopeful Speakers – Step out of the shadows, create the content you want to speak on, and apply for open calls. We need new voices!
Fellow event hosts, it’s ok to do less swag. Reach out to Jamie if you want to share resources, talk shop or talk talk about creating different experiences!
Fill out our contact form if you’d like to have Planner Girl Chatter out to your upcoming event in 2020!