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What International Conference Life Is Like

How did someone from a little town in WA State get to go to an International Conference and speak?

It is simple, I asked to go and said I was available to be a speaker, in Poland.

2018 International Forest Business Conference and the next one is slated for 2020!

So, what did I learn while I was there and what did attendees learn from me?

 

Candra Burns speaking at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit:  Fotografiarnia

Candra Burns speaking at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit: Fotografiarnia

What I learned:

How to network with many people from around the world.

How to build a brand and be seen online.

The Polish roads have trees lining them and it is dangerous, 1k people die a year!

Polish currency is affordable still if you have Euro or US dollar.

Polish beer and BBQ is really yummy!

Eating Polish BBQ at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit:  Fotografiarnia

Eating Polish BBQ at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit: Fotografiarnia

What attendees learned from me:

Social media is a new frontier worth trying and a refreshing speech to hear. Check them all out on my Talking Forests YouTube Channel, coming out weekly!

I am American, but also very humble and love meeting people in person.

How to use hashtags for events like the conference. Hear advice in this Talking Forests Podcast!

Why you want to ignore the naysayers online at all costs. You have amazing content!

Someone asked if they become annoying online, don’t care what anyone thinks.

Candra Burns is a chair of Applied Science IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit:  Fotografiarnia

Candra Burns is a chair of Applied Science IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit: Fotografiarnia

Are you wanting to speak at an International Conference some day?

Here are some tips and tricks:

Search the event website before you go to a conference and connect with people before you go to the event. You can do this by liking and following them on social media like #LinkedIn. My favorite part of this was that people from around the world knew me from adding them before the conference on LinkedIn. I was flattered. This is new networking and you can always ask the hosts any questions you may have going into the conference.

I was asked some key questions after my speech that helped me understand where the forest industry is regarding using social media. I was asked “when do I become annoying online?” well you don’t if you do not care what anyone else thinks of you and your company. Also, “Why would I build a brand if I am business to business or business to government as it is only an expense to us?” I said that you need to build a brand no matter who you are marketing to now as it is a way to get heard and connect with key people like politicians, it is the future of networking! The other question asked is “why you ignore the naysayers or people that are online being rude?” My answer is that they are not the experts in your subject manner, they do not run your company and are not a part of it, you are. You need to ignore people who bring you down or try to do so. I kill them with kindness!

Social Media A New Frontier speaking at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit:  Fotografiarnia

Social Media A New Frontier speaking at IFBC2018 in Poland Photo Credit: Fotografiarnia

Talking Forests is available for speaking engagements, just email, message, or schedule a meeting with them! Check out the new YouTube and Podcast Channels that bringing you weekly tips and tricks!

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You can use LinkedIn to land you a job or contract!

Earlier this week, I posted a great piece from Social Media Examiner that helped us understand how to use LinkedIn to get better visibility. Why is this close to my heart? How do I know that these tricks work? In 2014, I was working harder than ever on a teller line after just getting my bachelor’s degree thinking to myself, will I ever be able to get a job that uses my natural resources education? The thing is, students in my shoes, even right now, are graduating with so much potential (and jobs that just pay bills), but in our field, the way to get your foot in the door is to get into a seasonal job. Full-time jobs out of college are extremely hard to get for forestry and natural resource science majors. This is a never-ending cycle and I want to teach people how to get out of this. I pulled up my bootstraps and created my LinkedIn profile during Fall 2014, for the better.  Are you ready for a solution?

Shipwreck Cafe' Waitress, 2012.

Shipwreck Cafe' Waitress, 2012.

What did I do when I created my LinkedIn? I created a basic profile. At the time, I had a few jobs under my belt or should I say apron? I added the employment experience that I had at the time. Waitressing, admissions and president’s office assistant, bank teller, and my summer forest internships. I also added volunteer experience, Habitat for Humanity, WA Society of American Foresters, 4-H, and FFA.  I did not think it was much, but it was worth a shot. With a profile picture and my contact information added, I just had a virtual resume ready for the world.

What did I do?! I waited.

Mailroom duty in the admission assistant job at Grays Harbor College, 2011! 

Mailroom duty in the admission assistant job at Grays Harbor College, 2011! 

One day in Winter of 2015, I got an email from the CEO of Society of American Foresters. He said he saw my LinkedIn profile (Title: Looking for Opportunities) and asked me where I wanted to work and then promised to send my resume across the web to people he knew in the industry for me! Well, he sure did since I got a phone call from Washington Forest Protection Association shortly afterward. They wanted to interview me. I couldn’t believe it! One step of creating a LinkedIn profile helped me get my first full-time career position and helped me get out of just paying my bills. I am so appreciative that I want to help other people do this.

Forestry School Grays Harbor College, 2011. 

Forestry School Grays Harbor College, 2011. 

I created Talking Forests to help other people and students get where they want to be on social media. If you create it, they will come and this exact thing happened to me. The best thing you can do is ask for something, the worst that happens is, you don’t get a reply back. I asked to speak at an international conference in June, did I expect anything when I asked? No! I was so surprised when I was emailed back and said they wanted my information to schedule me in at the conference.

Are you needing help with anything online? Or do you want to land a job, contract, internship, grant or scholarship? Talking Forests can help you! Email us for a FREE consultation and we will schedule you in to try and see what we can help you with.  Need some eyes on your social media? We can do a FREE audit for you as well. If you are not showing up online, where are you? Where you always have been and not where you and everyone else in the world are going! If you are lost and need help, please reach out to me. I know first hand how to use social media to get you a future you always wanted. 

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The world is at your fingertips. 

The world is at your fingertips. 

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