Top 10 Things I Learned at Conference

I have to first say, O-M-Goodness!  This conference was AH-maZinG!  If you ever have the chance to go as a seller, DO IT!  If you have to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for two months to save up for it...DO IT!!!  You won't regret it.  The people I met, the information I received, it was all invaluable and its an experience I will not soon forget! I look forward to making many changes in my business to help it become more successful than it already is and its thanks to the wonderful Top Sellers and the conference who shared of their expertise that made it possible.

Okay, so here they are, my top 10!

#10  Everyone should stay at the Venetian…in a suite…at least once! 

Wow, that’s all I have to say!  The rooms were amazing and the amenities endless!  Ok, so not directly related to the conference, but I had to mention it.  Kudos TpT for picking a great venue!
#9 Come Prepared to Conference…there’s no such thing as too much advertising!

Lucky for me my husband was there to bring the business cards I left in my room, but that is all I brought.  So many savvy teachers showed up with not only cards, but shirts, pens, and even phone covers with their logo…be proud of your products!

#8  Branding is Important

Make your own brand…don’t steal from others!  Be proud of that brand.

#7  Diligence pays off…so be diligent!
I heard many stories from our top sellers, all of them had slow starts in the very beginning, they each found their own way, none of them gave up and I'd say its paid off.  Follow the example.

#6  The Pie is Big Enough for ALL of US

TONS of products are being sold every day.  All different and diverse.  There is a part in that for all of us, you just have to find that special thing or area to be your specialty.

#5  Be a blogger!  Its important to blog.  Don’t be afraid to post thoughts and talk even if no one is there.  (I’m working on this one.) This is more than products, this is ideas and thoughts too!

#4  Paul is AWESOME
 He's quite simply humble and just a great person who seeks to empower us...what's not to love?!  So great to be a part of his company!  Everyone he has brought in to run TpT is equally awesome and in it for our success.

#3  Put your copyright on your stuff and a terms of use.

#2  Give credit where credit is due. 
Make sure you know the Terms Of Use when you use clip art, fonts, or other forms of intellectual property.  Know and understand fair use.

#1  Collaborate, CoLLaBoRate, COLLABORATE!!!

Until this weekend, I’d seen myself as my own entity, a store on TpT that was working away to make my success happen.  After this weekend, I’ve now realized that’s not the case.  I’m part of something much greater! I’m part of a team of teachers that work to empower each other to better their classrooms and make students successful.

So, those of you who might be reading and also went, what were your Aha moments?  Share your favorite thought with me!  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I love your tips! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  2. I don't really feel like a "1 man team", but I do feel like I would have felt uncomfortable with "all the people". I am pretty social, but not in HUGE groups. I do better with a great group of 10.


  3. I totally agree with everything you wrote about the conference. (Except for the rooms at the Venetian. We didn't stay there. Maybe we should have.)

    Deniece - The conference was a little overwhelming. There is so much to learn. All of the presenters and attendees were so helpful and encouraging. You should consider going next year!

  4. Awe! Thank you Stacia! I'm glad someone read it and got something from it! :-)

  5. I'm a social butterfly by all means and LOVE meeting new people, but I was a little overwhelmed as well, I must admit. The thing that really helped me was that I got on the forums before I went and I found a couple of people there that I got to know and we met up when I got there. I would recommend to anyone who goes next year that they do the same. It made it much less intimidating. Everyone is SUPER nice, but it helps to have a familiar face of someone you have directly talked to before.

  6. Adele, I heard rooms at other places were really nice too. Having never been to Vegas, I just needed something decided for me, so we decided to stay in the same location. :-)

    I agree with you, anyone who didn't go next year should if they can. It is overwhelming, but the knowledge you get from it is totally worth it!

    Thank you all SO MUCH for commenting! I just started this blog and I often feel like I'm talking to myself, lol. I appreciate the conversation!


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