Looking for Something?

Overheard on #BWEchat: Kids at Conferences

Author:

This week, #BWEchat‘s topic was kids at conferences in a town hall type of setting with no special guest. I personally don’t have kids, but I’ve definitely been to conferences and conventions where kids were welcome  – and have had both good and bad experiences. Some of the questions posed this week included:

  • Does a con’s child policy affect your decision to attend? More or less likely to attend if kids are allowed?
  • Under what circumstances do you think professional conferences should allow kids?
  • Does it affect your business networking having your child with you?
  • As an attendee, are you concerned about kids disrupting conference sessions? What about as a speaker?
  • Does the age range of the children allowed at a conference matter?

The topic at hand definitely sparked some great conversation from parents and non-parents alike. Here were some of my personal favorite tweets from the night:

  • @karonwarren: I don’t think it matters who the conference is for; it’s a professional environment & should be conducted as such.
  • @LindsayDianne: Any conference that I go to, I’m trying to learn. For me, it’s more likely to be effective without having to parent.
  • @nlowell: I’m more concerned abt ‘entitled adults’ highjacking the panel than kids
  • @theresesquared: Kids can keep the audience and speaker on their toes. That’s for sure. If they’re bored you’ll know it.
  • @2xKnight: Clear guidelines for what to do with disruptive children would help. No matter the kid’s age.
  • @BlackCanseco: Kids can disrupt a conference but so can really annoying adults.
  • @AngEngland: I think that part of the responsibility of being a mother going to conferences is to have back-up plans in place.
  • @SherylLoch: The tip is start teaching your kids to sit & be quiet LONG before the conference. Start at like…birth.
  • @OneBrownGirl: I think that the rules for blogging are still being invented. What works at one conference might not work at another..vice versa

Thanks to everyone who came out for a great discussion on this topic! Next week, we’ll be talking about how to ad humor to your blog with special guest Jordan Cooper (@notaproblog), so I hope to see you all there. Remember, #BWEchat takes place every Wednesday at 9 PM EST, hosted from @blogworldexpo, so mark us on your calendar!

Allison Boyer freelance writer and content marketing consultant. She also runs the food blog The PinterTest Kitchen with her mom and sister. You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (@allison_boyer) or contact her at allisonmboyer@gmail.com.


Learn About NMX

NEW TWITTER HASHTAG: #NMX

Recent Comments

Categories

Archives