Tips for next week’s NamesCon conference

Here are some suggestions to get the most out of NamesCon.

Picture of the Austin, Texas skyline wiht NamesCon Global written on it

NamesCon returns in person in Austin next week. It’s the first in-person stateside domain conference for domain investors since the pandemic took hold.

Here are some suggestions for next week, whether you are a first-timer or you’ve attended every show.

Tips for Austin

I lived in Austin for 25 years, only decamping a few years ago for Seattle. Here are some suggestions for visiting Austin this time of year. (See a more in-depth post about what to do in Austin from 2020. I’m unsure if any of this has changed since the pandemic.)

  • Bring clothes for the weather – NamesCon Austin was previously held in January when the weather is cool. Because of scheduling, this year’s event takes place at the hottest time of the year. There might be a nice cool front next week, with daytime highs of only the low-to-mid 90s. The lows will be in the mid-to-upper 70s. But it’s going to be humid, too. So pack some shorts. Better yet, start your day off paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake or swimming at Barton Springs.
  • Book dinner reservations in advance – Austin is known for its food, but many of the best restaurants book up in advance.
  • See the bats – The hotel is just a few blocks from the famous Austin bats. They emerge differently depending on the weather, but it’s worth checking out.
  • Avoid 6th Street – Austin’s 6th Street is world famous. But unless you just turned 21, I recommend venturing to other nightlife hotspots like the Warehouse District or Rainey Street.

Tips for the event

  • Meet new people – Michael Cyger had a suggestion for meeting new people at the event. It can be difficult (and perhaps unwanted) to break into a group conversation. If you’re trying to meet new people, I recommend looking for someone who is standing alone, who perhaps is also trying to find people to talk to. It’s much easier.
  • Don’t be the list guy – Please, don’t be the person walking around the show with a list of domains you’re trying to sell.
  • Come up with a conference question – 90% of conversations at conferences go like this: “When did you get here? Where are you staying? When are you leaving?” Not exactly life-changing stuff. Think of a question ahead of time that you’d like to ask people when you connect. After all, it’s been a while!
  • Plan sessions you want to attend – There are some good ones on the agenda this year.
  • Listen to this week’s podcast – Check out the show preview with Soeren von Varchmin for other great tips and suggestions.

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