SXSW 2013: 3 Things You Will Achieve – Learning, Networking and Human Connections

SXSW 2011

There are 3 important things you are going to  achieve at large events like SXSW 2013:

1. Learn from attending the demos/panels/Keynotes

2. Networking and Accelerating your outreach to influencers by networking

3. Achieving long lasting human relationships

As a 6th year attendee of SXSW, here are a few tips to achieve the 3 goals:

  •  Plan and mark the sessions you want to attend. The sessions are spread out so plan like a college student plans their classes – the topic and the distance of the subsequent sessions if they are back to back. Popular sessions fill up fast, so plan to arrive early. Here’s a useful link to the full SXSW schedule
  • Networking – The opportunities to network are all over. Events and meetups are great. For small business attending SXSW please come to the Small Business Meetup with Ramon Ray on March 9th and the TechCocktail’s SXSW Startup Celebration. See you there! Take a look at Eventbrite’s SXSW site to see events, many of which may be free or open. You can also check out the Plancast and search for your friends or colleagues to see what events they are attending
    A town crier for your tweets. #skype #sxsw

    Town Crier Photo credit Daily Marauder on Flickr

  • Human Connections. I cannot stress how important this is, the guy or gal you met at the street corner listening to the Town crier may be the editor of an important publication or founder of a technology company or the blogger you always wanted to meet. Give your phone and laptop a rest and look around you and for a moment. Forget your mom’s advice of ‘Don’t talk to strangers” and make those strong human connections that will come in useful for your business. 

See you at SXSW2013!




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Shashi Bellamkonda is a Speaker and Digital Marketing Expert and he is the Vice President, Digital Marketing at The Bozzuto Group whose mission statement is " the best real estate company in America." Bellamkonda is also an Adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University. After several years of enriching experience in the hospitality industry which also included being a chef, Shashi transformed his hobby of computers and technology to his career working in areas like Customer service, Program Management, Digital marketing and Social Media.

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