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Social Media Mastery Conference 2015 Review

Events where you’re actually encouraged to be on your phone and tweet all day (while listening to amazing speakers) sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t.  The Social Media Mastery Conference, organized by Ricky Shetty, was held on Saturday, February 21st at the Diamond Ballroom, on the 4th floor of the Masonic Centre, in Vancouver. It involved 8 hours of learning about different social media platforms and the opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and network with them. In addition to that, attendees enjoyed a wonderful view of Vancouver and the beautiful BC mountains.

Social Media Mastery Conference 2015 Review

Speakers and their topic included:

  • Matt Astifan – Facebook
  • Wendy McClelland – LinkedIn
  • Michelle Castillo – Google+
  • Steve Dotto – YouTube
  • Cadi Jordan – Instagram
  • Vincent Ng – Pinterest
  • Katt Stearns – Twitter
  • Jonathan Christian – SnapChat
  • Kemp Edmonds – Hootsuite

A few of the aforementioned professionals got personal during their presentation by sharing a story about a difficult challenge that they had overcome. Those kind of life stories are always inspiring and touching to hear, and help put things into perspective.

There was also a special guest, and multi-millionaire, Douglas Vermeeren, who spoke on the importance of business networking. Prior to him being introduced on stage, I’ve noticed this gentleman standing along the edge of the room earlier, wondering who he was, and almost went up to have a conversation with him during our first networking break. You never know who you’ll meet. After presenting, he seemed to have disappeared. And yes, I do see the irony in all of this.

Throughout the day, we had to (sometimes unwillingly) get out of our chairs and do some stretches lead by a friend or personal trainer of Ricky. If you’re usually sitting for long periods of time doing work, these stretches will definitely be useful.

Social Media Mastery Conference 2015 Review

Although there were light snacks available, lunch was not provided. Luckily, we didn’t have to hungrily wait in long line-ups in order to receive our food and since we were just a block away from nearby cafes and restaurants.

At one point, the Love Ball came out. We were told to each come up with #OneSimpleAction and commit to it. Whether it’s something like saying “hi” to a new person every day or buying healthier foods when grocery shopping, there will be a positive benefit in what you do, no matter how small and simple it may seem.

The Social Media Mastery Conference was a great event to learn about social media and meet others. If there is one next year, it will be worth going to, even if you’re just a beginner and don’t have much experience using social media. And who knows, you might even win a cool prize.


Review by Sabrina Chiu

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