Alot of us do this natural hair thing online. We are on websites daily, on Face Book and on YouTube checking out our favorite natural hair guru. Every now and then though, we might get the itch to take the show on the road and attend a soiree or two.
I used to wonder what was the point of a meetup. I just wanted to know what to do with my hair; I didn’t see the need to ‘interact’. This is partly because I am an introvert at heart, and while I can be alot of fun to be around once you get to know me, I get really shy pretty quickly in a setting with alot of people – which is why I avoided meetups at all costs.
The thing is, I have met some really great women throughout this journey. All of them started online, and as the years pass by quickly, the urge to meet my girls got greater – and you know what? When you finally meet them it’s like, why in the world did I not do this sooner? Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Blissful Curls Tour in Dallas that was a CURLS sponsored event that had a couple of goals.
It was a chance for Mahisha Dellinger to introduce herself as the mogul behind the brand, introduce a new product, and give us some serious tips on Branding. I went to the meetup after a long decision process with me myself and I – and let me tell you – it was totally refreshing to go.
Not only did I get to meet Whitney (Naptural85) and Vee FINALLY! (VeepeeJay on Youtube), but I realized what meetups mean, and why it is important to come prepared to make the best of it if you decide to go.
Here is what I learned:
1. Don’t be shy
This might be hard if you are an introvert like me, but when you realize that you are in the midst of women with some of the same problems you have, and some of the same goals, things get easier. If you are sitting beside someone you do not know, introduce yourself, talk about products and hair. After all, that is why you are there, right?
At the Blissful Curls Tour the topic of discussion was branding, from all different perspectives including that of Mahisha Dellinger. The stories are so inspiring; when you hear your favorite Youtuber tell her story off camera, it is different. There is so much value with connecting with a person away from the gadgets.
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