Exciting News + Tips On Attending Hispanicize 2017

I have exciting news! This April I will be attending Hispanicize 2017 in Miami as a correspondent. Through my social media and blog, I will be covering events for the entire week including panels, workshops, Tecla Awards, Positive Impact Awards and special presentations in the Music and Film industry. It will be a very exciting event! Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with  it, Hispanicize is an annual event for Latino trendsetters in entertainment, marketing, digital content creation, journalism and tech entrepreneurship. It’s a great place to learn about exciting topics such as Branding, Finding your voice as a Content Creator, How to market and monetize your platform, Understanding your Google AnalyticsOptimise SEO, Photography, Fashion and so much more! I am very happy to have been invited and can’t wait to connect with other professionals in the latino community. It will be a great week to network, learn and have an amazing time together!

This will be my first year attending Hispanicize, however I have attended many conferences and events in the past so I have a lot to share with all of you who are thinking of attending this year’s event! So let’s get started…

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Tip #1: Don’t forget your chargers! One thing I quickly learned was that bringing a portable charger for my phone and camera was key to making the most out of any event. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to take pictures, connect with influencers or update your social media so trust me this one is key.

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Tip #2: Pack Smart. This means wearing comfortable shoes! Women you more than anyone know the pain of wearing heels from 8am to 10pm, now think about doing it for 5 straight days. Not fun huh? I would recommend packing cute but comfy shoes for day events and leave the heels for the music and film gatherings at night! If you are dead set on maintaining a certain height then go for wedges, they are far more comfortable than heels and you will still look tall and beautiful!

Tip #3: Business Cards. This is one you definitely don’t want to leave behind! You will be meeting so many people at this event so you better come prepared. It’s a great way to make an impression and leave behind something others can remember you by. I always carry a couple wherever I go, but for occasions like these I carry way more than I think I’ll need so don’t forget yours.

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Tip #4: Find out who else might be attending. It’s a great idea to connect with others prior to the event! Don’t get me wrong, you will be making new friends the second you walk in but it’s always nice to reach out to other like minded people and share experiences, tips and all the excitement about your upcoming trip. I have done this before and have made friends that I still remain close to this day!

Tip #5: Don’t be shy and learn to interact! Events and conferences are not the place to be shy. You want to meet new people, create opportunities for your self, learn from others and put your name out there. Know that everyone attending will be wanting to make connections as well, so speak up and have a good time. I know I mentioned phones before, but I think they should be limited for taking pictures or connecting on social media, other than that you should put it down and actually interact with others around you. Trust me you will want to make the most of it!

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Tip #6: Have a pitch ready! We all have different reasons for attending, some of you will be going to learn about a specific industry and how to get started, others might be going to put their name or brand out there and some of you might be there to connect with other professionals and make new friends. Whatever your reason is, I recommend you have a few lines prepared about what you do and why you are there. Make it short, simple but memorable. This will save you from awkward moments or most importantly of missing out on opportunities to collaborate with others! So again, come prepared.

And that’s it for now! I will be posting more details about this exciting trip once the event gets closer but for now I hope you found this post helpful. Hispanicize 2017 will take place April 3-6th in Miami, FL at the JW Marriott Marquis. I am very excited to be part of it and I hope to see you all there! I believe it’s expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals so it will be a really exciting event! Head over to their website linked below to learn more about the schedule, key note speakers and workshops.

Click here: Hispanicize 2017

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

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