It is officially one week away from Orange 2010 I can’t believe it. I was thinking about different conferences I’ve attended over the years. I started to realize something important. The conferences I got the most out of were the conference where I was an active participant in them. You may be thinking to yourself right now….”There are more than 4,000 people registered, why do they need me to get involved….” I believe that the more you put into something the more you get out of it.
So I thought I would put together some pointers for those of you who want to maxamize your Orange experance.
10. Write down the things God is speaking to you personally.
9. Tweet the things you think would be helpful to others. You don’t tweet? Read this and come see me on Wednesday, April 28th at Chocolate Perks from 10-11:30 PM at the Official OrangeLeader’s Tweet Up and we will set you up and get you going.
8. If you have a blog post about going to orange list the breakouts you are going to and why you chose those. Once at orange write a post or two about what God is speaking to you. Leave a message and I will add you to my list orange attenders who have blogs.
7. Never eat alone. Make sure you meet a few other leaders and go to lunch in a group.
6. Don’t just spend time with your team. Have intentional team time but make time to network reach out say hi and ask questions to people you have never met before or have only connected with via twitter or blogs. You will thank me later.
5. Meet Jim Wideman. He will no doubt be spending a lot of his time in the OrangeLeaders lounge using the wifi connection and his new iPad. Jim is one of the most down to earth guys you will ever meet. Make sure you stop by have a question and a copy of his book for him to sign.
4. Get some free coffee and some amazing conversation. The OrangeLeaders Lounge will be giving away free coffee and will be the base station for a ton of kidmin and stumin bloggers. Come by say hi.
3. Visit the venders but don’t just take a card ask the venders questions find out what they do and why they do it.
2. Make a list of questions you can ask any kids leader about how, why, and what they are doing to make a difference. Please I beg of you be prepared to ask meaningful questions for the love of all that is holy, don’t go with the default where are you from and how many kids do you run. You can learn something from someone who has 10 kids and someone who has 1200 principles are principles.
1. Attend the sessions but also attend the halls – We tend to idealize the main stage guys and gals and in many cases rightly so God has used them to do some pretty amazing things. But don’t be so star struck and nieve that you miss the guys and gals who are in the trenches like you every week. The amazing thing about orange is you are giving an amazing opportunity to build relationships that will fundamentally transform how you do ministry. How do I know? I have experienced it first hand and I will never go back to conference as usual.