Starting with January’s Affiliate Summit West 2012, I will be heading up the ‘West Newcomer Program, a group devoted to helping first-time Affiliate Summit attendees find their footing, get comfortable with attending the conference, and make some valuable connections. My friend Jen Goode has been running both Summit East and Summit West Newcomer Programs, and she recently asked me to take over the duties Summit West, to which I think I replied, “YES! THE POWER IS MINE! HAHAHAHA!.” Something like that.
Jen’s announcement about my involvement can be read at the Affiliate Summit blog.
What does this mean for you? Well, basically, it means that I’m going to be talking about the program more and more on Inside Internet Marketing and Geek Dads Weekly as we get closer to show time. I’m going to be asking for your help if you’re a past attendee, and I’m going to be asking you to join the program as a newcomer if West 2012 will be your first Summit.
The cornerstones of the program are:
- Prior to the conference, newcomer and veteran should have at least one phone call or email exchange to get acquainted and go over any questions or advice about the show.
- During Summit, the newcomer is expected to treat their veteran volunteer to a meal. Could be breakfast, maybe meet up for lunch, perhaps dinner. This can be a tricky one as veterans often have meal plans in place (often revolving around business), but we encourage this as much as possible.
- On the opening night of Summit, Sunday, we will have a Newcomer Program Meetup in one of the conference rooms at Caesar’s. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to meet more people, so we hope that both newcomer and veteran volunteer will attend.
- As a thank you to veterans volunteers, Affiliate Summit hosts a webpage with a link back to their site.
- It’s free to participate in the Newcomer Program, and it is open to Platinum (or better) pass holders.
Signups for both Attendee Volunteers and Newcomers are open right now – head to the Sign Up page and let me know that you’re interested!
Please note that the Newcomer Program is not a business mentoring program and is not designed to pair beginners with business coaches.