commscampnorth: a welcome and advice for new people

Are you new to #commscampnorth? If so, well done bagging a ticket, welcome to a group of people who are just like you and let us know what those of us organising it can do to make the day be the best it can be.

Taking a day away from the office can be daunting – it’s something different to the norm, there’s usually a stack of work left behind and there are lots of new people to meet and lots of information to take in.

So, I thought I’d write a blog to put your mind at rest that it’s worth the effort, you’re not alone, and you’ve achieved something awesome by getting your hands on a ticket.

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The reason I went to my first commscamp was because I was in a busy public sector communications job, a bit misunderstood and isolated in my organisation and opportunities to learn, meet peers and stay ahead with the latest thinking weren’t prioritised.

I got everything I was lacking and much more besides, and it made me better and more productive in my day job. And that’s why I keep coming back for more and got involved in organising the northern events.

#commscampnorth is all about meeting people who work on the same things and face the same challenges, there are no speakers and the format is sessions and discussions pitched on the day to learn about the latest trends and solve problems together.

Some of us know each other and will want to say hello to people we’ve met before – but we want to meet new people too. Most of those attending at last year’s event were new to #commscampnorth, and it was their first time at an unconference, so you won’t be alone if its your first time.

The whole point of an unconference is that its less formal and structured than a regular conference: pitch a session if you want, don’t if you don’t want to, if there’s a slot where you don’t fancy anything then try a few different ones or just hang out at the cake table and chat. All of that is ok and very much encouraged!

Please come along with no expectation other than to have some space from the day-to-day and enjoy a change. If you’ve got any worries, there’s lots of content on the blog that might answer any questions, try out your session idea in the Facebook group or via Twitter using #commscampnorth and, if there’s anything we can do to help, contact me @BridgetAherne, Albert @AlbFreeman, Dan @danslee or Josephine @iojosy between now and the day.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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