This upcoming weekend marks my 5th RealWorld Conference. For those not in the know, RealWorld is the conference specifically dedicated to RealPage and their partners where we showcase the latest developments in the industry, the product improvements being delivered/developed and most important, thank our partners for their continued partnership. It is 3 days of networking, learning, previews and fun but let’s face it, it is also long days, longer evenings and tight schedules. In order to make the most of the sessions and travel fit, you have to have a strategy to thrive.
Over the last 5 years, I have developed a strategy to make the most of both the conference material and my health while I am at RealWorld. So here are my RealWorld rules to live by:
Tip #1: Plan ahead:
I cannot over emphasize this one enough; Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. If your plan is showing up at the conference and getting a workout in ‘whenever there is time’……not going to happen. There are just too many great options of sessions to attend and fellow RealPage users to meet. If you don’t plan ahead, your workout is not going to get done.
Plan your day and block out your workout time (if you haven’t downloaded the App yet, do it here now. It is an awesome tool). How much time do you need? Where is the gym? Is the conference center so far away from your room that you will be walking 20,000 steps each day anyways? As I look at my calendar for this upcoming week, I know I have to get my workouts in in the morning or they are simply not going to happen, my afternoons are filled with speaking engagements and evenings with great events like visiting to Seussville. For me, it means I will be running early and hitting the gym late (see tip #3).
Tip #2: Stay hydrated:
You know you should normally be drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Well if you are going to be walking more than you normally do and potentially imbibing on an alcoholic drink or two in the evening, I am going to recommend you up your water intake from the standard 8 glasses. Trust me, you will thank me when you are waking up on days 2 & 3 of the conference. Now this is where planning comes in again. I find that it is a very rare thing to find a conference center that keeps the water pitchers/bottles full throughout the conference.
SO BRING YOUR OWN!!
You may not always be able to find a nice chilled bottle of FIJI but you can usually find a water fountain to fill up your own bottle. And if you are anything like me, you find an empty water bottle strangely motivational.
Tip #3: Recharge:
This will look different for each of us but I find I need a point in my day to recharge more than just my phone. For me, it is time in the gym. I can get my head on straight and work all the kinks out that I am feeling from standing all day. For others it is a power nap in the room, others it is 15 minutes in the sun out by the pool or overlooking the bay. Whatever it is that recharges and helps your re-center your mindset, make sure you have time built in each day to accomplish it.
Tip #4: Eat well & Eat often:
Make sure you take the time to eat like you should. Do not sacrifice the quality of your diet because you need to rush somewhere. Stop by the store on the way to the hotel and grab some snacks for the room (don’t get me started on the mini-bar options for $10 bucks each). Put a bar in your purse. Throw an apple in your bag for later in the day. Your body needs fuel to thrive vs. survive. Give it what it needs.
Bonus Tip: Most hotels that host conferences have pretty good gyms. Gyms where they actual stock fruit for the taking.
Tip #5: Have fun:
If this is your first RealWorld Conference, you are in for a treat. It is a blast, especially the theme party on Monday night – which this year is celebrating the life and works Dr. Seuss. If you don’t have an outfit picked out, I cannot encourage you enough to do so.
The picture above was from RealWorld 2 years ago when we had a Super Hero theme. Every year people outdo themselves with their dress for the theme and I expect this year to be no different. And yes, I will be dressed up…..and you can find out as what on Monday.
Time for me to go pack and finish my presentations but hopefully I will see you at RealWorld!!