This LP Member Wishes Austin Petersen The Best of Luck

Wherein I say nice things about Austin Petersen.

Austin Petersen, in preparation for his Senate run, said he made a lot of phone calls and talked to a lot of people before making his decision to run as a Republican. I happened to be one of those people – he came over for dinner in Los Angeles this spring and asked me for my thoughts about his run, and which party. I told him to run as a Republican.

There’s probably a dozen reasons why.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

Speaking At Freedom Fest 2017

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Freedom Fest holds a special place in my heart – I’ve gone every year for the past 5 years. It was where I first met Judd Weiss in person (we met on Facebook a couple weeks before). Attending FreedomFest helped me get to know Peter Schiff’s LA team better and get me the job with Euro Pacific Capital, which brought me to the work I do today. I never miss Freedom Fest. You shouldn’t either.

This year, instead of working the EPC booth or running around taking pictures (okay, I will have my camera, so there will be some pictures), I’ll be speaking — on millennials, the generation of liberty activists, and my optimism about the future of the movement.

Join me from July 19-22, at Paris Las Vegas. Use the code FRONTIER to register for $100 off. You can register at www.freedomfest.com.

The Libertarian Conference Improvement List

Inspired by a single post on Facebook, I’ve decided to make this the running list of improvements I think every libertarian conference should make.

Note: Some conferences do these things already. These things may apply to non-libertarian conferences. I know there’s a lot to be thinking about when putting together a conference, and this is not an inclusive list – it is simply something I notice lacking in some conferences because I’m lucky enough to attend over a dozen every year.

1. Double-sided badges. If you’ve got people’s names in a clear envelope on a lanyard, please make it double-sided. Our lanyards always flip.

2. If there is a projector and the speaker doesn’t have a powerpoint presentation for it, a graphic should be made with the event name, the speaker name, and the relevant social media or websites the speaker can be found for the audience. This should also be at the beginning or end of a speaker’s presentation even if they have a powerpoint.

3. As soon as you confirm someone as a speaker, you should set up a unique code for that speaker to refer people to buy tickets. Maybe their sign-ups gets $5 off or 10% or $50 or $100 – but then you can track the speaker’s ability to specifically send people there to get discounted tickets, and you can find out which speakers have the biggest pull among their audiences.

  • Also recommend: in your registration, don’t just ask how they heard about the event, but if there’s a particular speaker or thing they’re hoping to see. That way even if they don’t have a discount code, you can still learn which of your speakers may be more of a draw.

4. There are a small handful of libertarian conferences that still charge speakers their registration fee. If you can’t afford to stop doing that (please stop doing that if you can), at least give your speakers a significant discount (like 50% off) from the registration price.

  • Please pay your speakers if you possibly can. Some people are willing to speak for expenses covered, others have fees, others are willing to do it for the exposure – but if you can pay speakers, please do.
  • If you can’t pay speakers, alternatives include providing them approved (and advertised) places to sell their books or merchandise, and providing them with decent video of their speech so they can use it to get other speaking gigs (for pay). Provide them value for the value they are bringing to your event.

5. You should try to get the social media or website for every speaker, and add it both to your website and to your programs, so people can find out where to learn more / read more / see more from said speaker.

6. Pick a hashtag. Put it on everything. Tell people to take selfies or pictures of things and hashtag it. Tell people to use it on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

  • If you have some sort of banquet at the end, get an intern to pull as many of those hashtagged photos into a slideshow that can be up on the main screen while people are eating their dinner or something. Let people know ahead of time that will be happening, it will increase buzz.
  • If you can’t do that, consider posting an article or end of conference wrap up that features your favorites. Consider a competition to have people vote on the best of your favorite 10 and offer the winner a discounted ticket for the following year.

This list will continue to grow, and I’ll keep adding to it here, so you can bookmark this page if you want.

 

Speaking at PorcFest 2017

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I’ll be in New Hampshire speaking at PorcFest! PorcFest is June 21-25th, I’ll be speaking twice on Thursday the 22nd. Women in libertarianism, growing up libertarian, my optimism about the movement and tips for talking about it – if you can make it, please come!

Register at PorcFest.com.