This past weekend I was given the opportunity to speak at a local conference called Gleek Retreat in Olive, MI.  My  sponsor  was Collective Bias and I am so grateful to them for sending me!

I got to speak

I was so excite for Gleek because I go to speak at my first conference!  I’ve been doing segments for Fox Detroit over the past few months and I just love doing them.  I get a rush off of the nervous butterfly feeling that I get right before the segment goes live and then when it’s done, I feel so good that I made it through remembering all of the product info I have memorized.  It’s a great feeling and the challenge of speaking in front of a live audience was even more of a thrill.

I put together my very first power point presentation and just went for it speaking about Building Your Brand and Social Media In Real Life.  I was uber nervous, but after the presentation I got great feedback and I felt a sense of accomplishment.  It felt great!

I got to meet some MI bloggers

I was really excited that I was going to get to meet some more Michigan bloggers.  I know just a few around the metro Detroit area, but since there are supposedly millions upon millions of bloggers, it was nice to meet to ones local to Michigan.  When you are a blogger and people ask you what you do, most of the time, you get a blank stare and the conversation ends there.  Being around like-minded individuals was pretty refreshing.

I got to re-connect with old friends

I was so excited to re-connect with my lovely blogger friends Sandy and Melissa.  As bloggers, you form friendships with women all over the US and when you get the opportunity to reconnect “in real life” only a few times a year, those times are quite special!

I needed to get away

I was in need of a relaxing getaway and that’s just what I got!  We stayed at the most lovely retreat called Into the Woods Retreat.  It was like going to sleep-away camp because there were 20 beds, 6 to our room, but it was the upscale, adult version of the sleep-away camp you might go to as a child.  There were women there that made all of our meals, turned down our beds, placed chocolates on our beds and were so charming.  The food was plentiful and extremely good…we were all extremely satisfied.

All I can say it that I had an amazing time and met some wonderfully, amazing women.

The conference was perfectly put together and extremely organized.  You can bet I will be back next year for Gleek Retreat ’11!!!

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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13 years ago

Thanks again for joining us Courtney! I’m so bummed I couldn’t be in your “Social Media and In Real Life” session but am looking forward to seeing the video Jodi shot of it!
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