First time @ SXSW


sxswSo, it’s my first time at SXSW. I’m diving into theInteractive festival starting Friday and I’m excited. Overwhelmed, but excited. I have a few objectives. First, just to take it all in. Immerse myself in the environment, and soak up the culture that is SXSW. Some of the smartest, most innovative and hard-working people will be there and I want to rub shoulders with them. Which is my next objective – to be on the lookout for creative talent. If you’re a developer or technology strategist or creative director or a really cool dude people like working with, hit me up. As the HR director for an ad agency, I’m gonna want to talk to you. I also want to absorb all the content available. I believe we should always be learning and what a great opportunity to hear from experts in their field to take – or discard, depending – their advice on a variety of topics.So, I have my schedule sketched out – which was no small feat considering the hundreds of options available. It took hours to nail down what I think is a perfect flow, but I know that I’m going to have to be flexible and, as all SXSW to-do lists will tell you, “go with the flow.” Still, I hope to be prepared enough to hit up my must sees like The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and Beyond Work/Life: Changing the Debate & Making Change and Using Your Online Network to Get a Job #IRL.

I’ve heard that workshops with more tactical information tend to be meatier and more applicable so I’m going with that approach. But for a broader view, here are some of the Interactive staff picks. What has your experience been? What are your must-see sessions?

If you have any advice to send my way, tweet me @kellichuff. And if I see you at SXSW, please say hi. I’ll be that lost girl asking for directions.

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