Proffesional Development

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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Talking Forests #Podcast Channel is here: https://anchor.fm/talkingforests

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Finally, Some Great Forest Podcasts You Should Hear

Podcasts have been gaining popularity as a convenient way to gain some new knowledge easily. Why are they convenient?  You can listen to them on your way to and from work on the Bluetooth or speaker device in your car, while you are walking around, and while you are on your tractor. The best part about getting into a podcast is that you can take it with you on any device and choose what you want to listen to and when you listen to it. Our favorite part is when we see a new forest podcast come out that is highlighting practices and talking to guests about forests.

Mount Rainier National Park and the Foothills of the Nisqually River are wonderful multi-use forest areas in Washington State. 

Mount Rainier National Park and the Foothills of the Nisqually River are wonderful multi-use forest areas in Washington State. 

Talking Forests has a few podcasts that we recommend and that we listen to now:

Leadership Nature Podcasts: Tom Davidson has been interviewing the best forest leadership, mentors, advocates, and members of the forest and natural resources community in the US since 2016. With 4 seasons, you are sure to find an episode capturing someone you know. Season 1 has 18 episodes, Season 2 features women in forestry and natural resources with 27 episodes. Season 3 is about young professionals in forestry and natural resources with 23 episodes. Currently, Leadership Nature is on Season 4.

You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter with @LeadershipNature

Tom Davidson is a professional with many years of experience and always humble. 

Tom Davidson is a professional with many years of experience and always humble. 

YourForest Podcast: Matthew Kristoff is the creator and host of the YourForest podcast series. He interviews people with environmental, natural resource, and forest knowledge to share. From women in forestry to pine beetle, you will enjoy this array of topics that are discussed. “The goal is to have simple conversations that provide insight to both the public and forest professionals alike. The more people that understand the way our forests and wildlife are managed, the easier it is to do the right thing.”-Matt

You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram with @yourforestpodcast

Matt Kristoff has some good interviews with Canadian professionals bringing a fresh perspective on environmental management on mostly public land. 

Matt Kristoff has some good interviews with Canadian professionals bringing a fresh perspective on environmental management on mostly public land. 

Forestproud is featuring Forest Voices on their website and interviewing guests that are discussing wildfire right now. They plan to have quarterly topics that will be rolling out with great guests and many voices of the sector. “For 2018 we have 4 series planned focused on a range of issues affecting our forests and will run for a couple of weeks so that we can really dig in on the issues from multiple perspectives. New episodes will drop every Monday starting April 9. In addition to the weekly series, our Executive Director (Will Novy-Hildesley) will dive in once a month on a separate interview.”-#ForestProud

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @forestproud

ForestProud is a community of professionals united from the US and Canada

ForestProud is a community of professionals united from the US and Canada

So here are some places you can go to start listening to any podcast:

Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, and iTunes

There are many places you can try out to create your own podcast series as well:

Podcast Websites, OmnyStudio, Pippa, Podcasts.com, Pinecast, Anchor, Podigee, Whooshkaa, Audioboom, Simplecast, ZenCast, Fireside, Castos, BlogTalkRadio, Spreaker, PodOmatic, SoundCloud, Blubrry, BuzzSprout, BuzzSprout, Libsyn and more…

If you plan to start a podcast, let us know about it and we will feature you on our social media avenues. This is encouraged and who knows?! Talking Forests may even start one someday!

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