Dad Lessons from Disney Social Media Moms Celebration
Like Nemo out of water, I was one of the handful of dad bloggers at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World.
I have gone in the past as a +1, as the guest of my wife Tara Met Blog, but this year I was invited to attend… despite my need for the male gender restroom in a sea of over 200 mom bloggers and social influencers.
It turns out, there were plenty of lessons to be learned at the conference, not only from Disney, but from the many mom influencers who have been writing about parenting for many years. True trailblazers.
These life lessons aren’t just “dad lessons.” They can be applied to both sexes and any industry.
The Key to Better Content Writing
Jenn Fickley-Baker, editorial content manager for the Disney Parks Blog & DisneyParks, talked to us about the art of storytelling. “Writers relay information. Are you writing to relay information or to tell a story?” Fickley-Baker went on to say that part of the editorial content follows Walt’s example of storytelling. Here’s some of her advice:
- Tip #1: Master the difference between writing versus storytelling, which are completely different writing styles.
- Tip #2: Make friends. Build a team of people who support you and empower you.
- Tip #3: Allow time to improve yourself. Leave your comfort zones, as that’s where you’ll thrive.
- Tip #4: Enjoy the ride! The ride will have peaks and valleys but it brought you here, so have fun!
- Tip #5: If you aren’t in over your head, how will you know how tall you are? — Nancy Kanter, EVP Disney Jr.
- Tip #6: Let your content reflect your personality. “No one ever looks stupid when they’re having fun.” –Amy Poehler
How to Talk to Women (and Make New Connections)
Mom bloggers and, let’s face it, women, can come sometimes across as cliquey, but are welcoming if you simply ask to be included.
Thus, don’t be afraid to approach a closed group or sit in the remaining seat at a packed table. You never know who you’re going to meet. I found that a warm smile and small (non-creepy) compliment worked well. The absolute same can be applied in business. I’ve been doing business development for years and the concept is the same, whether introducing yourself to the CEO of a multi-million dollar business or a social media mom with 50k twitter followers!
Sit at new tables with a different group each time. It is easy to migrate to the people you already know but the best relationship nuggets will be found with the people you don’t know.
Also, self deprecating humor goes a long way to making inroads to great conversations. This comes natural to me…hmmm…
Photobombing can work, too, as long as it doesn’t ruin the moment. If it’s a serious moment or something that took a lot of effort to set up, avoid it like the curse of the black pearl. If it’s a fairly fun pic in a candid setting, pop in! Below you’ll find me photo bombing I’m Not the Nanny and Tech Savvy Mama – thanks for being good sports!
Other Life Lessons You Can Likely Use Right Now
- Wait for designated bathroom breaks. I just had to go and came back at the very end of what turned out to be a surprise Star Wars show. Once that ended, the group was released for bathroom breaks. If only I had waited a few more minutes.
- Find your niche. There is such a thing as being too broad. Like an investor told me one day, no business failed for being too specific.
For more on the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, check out my Finding Dory sneak peek review.
Disclaimer: I paid a conference fee to attend the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, but was provided with discounted and complimentary items. All opinions shared are my own on what I experienced/viewed.