The #NMX Experience 2013
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
This time last week, I was already settled in to my room at the Rio in Las Vegas. I was trying to wind down, anticipating a busy schedule ahead at #NMX 2013 and BusinessNext Social, held in conjunction with NMX. It’s like Comic-Con (especially with Chris Hardwick making an appearance) for people who are into “new media” which includes, blogging, podcasting,web-tv and video creators as well as social media. A huge thank you to Rick Calvert, Dave Cynkin, and everyone else involved with making NMX 2013 a success!
I’m a firm believer and advocate in personal and professional growth, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people. The sessions and learning are only one aspect of this conference or any other. People are always key. It’s here that I was able to meet Mark Horvath, founder of invisiblepeople.tv for the first time. I’ve been following his amazing work for years and he is living proof that one person can make a difference. In leading by example, he inspires me to continue my own journey which is fueled by helping others. He’s the real deal.
I also had a chance to catch up with Christian Baker of Tastefully Offensive, whom I met last year at NMX. Great guy who has the passion and dedication to bring his vision to life. He’s also a great reminder that when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Humor has always played an important role in my life. I started reading comics before I could actually read – the pictures often told the story. During some of my darkest times, comics and comedians were always there to bring a smile. I love the fact that Tastefully Offensive not only helps us smile, but also introduces us to cartoonists we might not ever know otherwise.
And then there’s Mona from the blog who’s name you’ll always remember after hearing it just once – Cook This get Laid. To all my guy friends – go read it. You’re welcome. I met Mona last year at NMX and we connected so I was very happy to see that she would be there again this year. We had the opportunity to share a crazy taxi ride – but that’s a whole different post. Again, a like minded individual creating a life they love.
Going to any conference will only give you as much as you allow it to. It’s easy to go sit in a session, learn something and go back to your room. It adds a whole new dimension to meet new people, catch up with old friends and develop relationships. I believe in paying it forward whenever I am able. Conferences are the perfect opportunity to do that. Introduce people, introduce their work, pass along tidbits of information you may have picked up – and give credit to their source. More to follow on NMX.
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