This post has been noodling around in my noggin for several weeks now. I’ve been struggling with what to write and how to write it. You see, I recently returned from the first FaffCon, which was a voiceover unconference. I’d never been to an unconference before and due to a scheduling conflict, wasn’t originally planning on attending this one. Fortunately I was able to rework my schedule and get to Portland for the event. I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I’d helped to organize it.
What happened during those 2 days was absolutely unbelievable. Let me back up a bit. The structure of an unconference is different in that the attendees create the topics to be discussed and the expertise comes from within. So if I want to learn about accounting software and there’s someone in the group who’s a wiz at it, they offer to lead the discussion. Or I may know a ton about marketing that I think would benefit the group so I’ll lead a discussion about that. The physical structure is such that you sit in a loose circle or something close to that and move chairs around as needed to accommodate the group.
So here we were in this new structure not really knowing what to expect. Which was great because the sharing that was done and the knowledge that I gained blew me away. You know when you see someone who seems to have all the answers and you wonder just how they found all that out? What was the secret key they used to open the door to the success they’ve gained? You know it’s there; you just can’t seem to get it for yourself.
This was the type of stuff I learned during those two days. People were really letting down their guard and showing me the way to grow my business and exceed my goals. It was truly life altering. I’m so glad I was able to attend and so honored that those in attendance trusted everyone else with their secrets. I hope FaffCon continues for a long time because; to borrow a line from the organizer Amy Snively, this is the conference I’ve always wanted to attend.