I’ve talked on here many times about how the right conferences can really turbocharge your writing career. There’s the network effect, the ability to connect with brands and destinations, and the educational aspect for starters.
That last one is kind of an afterthought at some conferences, but at the TBEX ones it’s a key component. When you attend a TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference, you get a college semester’s worth of ideas on how to avoid mistakes, write better blog posts, attract more readers, and make more money. These are not feel-good motivational speeches by highly paid people with a business book to plug. Instead they are advice-packed sessions from those who have been in the trenches trying things out and seeing what works.
I’m proud to be invited back again after speaking before on multiple income streams, publishing a book, and taking control of your productivity each day. I’m kind of circling around to the beginning this time. The theme of my talk will be “The Antifragile Writer.” It’s a nod to one of the most profound books I’ve read this decade: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. It’s not an easy book to get through and the know-it-all author may get on your nerves sometimes, but the ideas in it are monumentally important.
One of those ideas is that you need to put yourself in a position where one setback will not break you, where one bad turn of events cannot turn you from success to failure overnight. That’s what happens when you have a corporate job and you get fired/laid off. You’re fragile. But as people who work for ourselves, we can be much stronger. The book is subtitled “Things that gain from disorder.” For us it means if we do the right things, we can not only survive in the face of chaos, but actually benefit from it. As the landscape shifts, we solopreneurs can easily pivot to benefit from what’s new and different instead of running scared from it.
In terms of tactics, I’ll be revealing:
– where to go find new revenue streams
– how to align with others to increase your odds of success
– how to apply the 80/20 rule to your day
– how to look beyond what everyone else is doing to pump up your earnings.
If you can’t manage to fly all the way to Thailand in October, you can still get a valuable batch of advice each month by getting the Travel Writing Success newsletter. It’s free, but it’ll make you more money.
P.S. – I’m not speaking at TBEX North America in Ft. Lauderdale, but I’ll be an attending blogger. So if you’ll be there, we can still connect!