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Arkansas’ Own Megaphone Conference

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Megaphone Summit keynote speaker will be Peg Fitzpatrick, a social media strategist who co-authored (along with Guy Kawasaki) The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, which is considered one of the top books on the subject. Conference will be kicked-off by chef, three-time cookbook author, and acclaimed entrepreneur Patricia Barnes, also known as Sister Schubert.

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If there is one thing Arkansans love, it’s coming together.

Any excuse to reconnect, attempt to slow life down just a little bit and shoot the breeze is almost certain to gather a crowd. From serious tailgating to rollicking family reunions, we love to gather.

What’s neat about Arkansas is that sense of place can have a great effect on the desire to convene. Both native and adopted Arkansans fall into a comfortable stride here. We may love the hustle and bustle of big cities, but there’s little doubt that coming home means a little less urgency and a little more warmth.I believe those distinctly Arkansas characteristics are the perfect breeding ground for a special kind of gathering – the kind that blends people with passion and purpose. If it’s been a while since you invested in both your heart and your head, the perfect opportunity is coming up right in your backyard.

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On September 9 – 11, the Megaphone Summit will descend on northwest Arkansas. Happily, that means it’s incredibly accessible – within a few hours of almost any corner of our region.

The Megaphone Summit was born as a blogger conference (more on that in just a moment), but I think that people have started to think it’s only for people who can confidently call themselves “influencers…” and that’s simply not the case.

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September 9-11 ~ Fayetteville, Arkansas The Chancellor Hotel


megaphone (n.): a cone-shaped acoustic device held to the mouth to intensify and direct the human voice.

If you work in marketing, communication, public relations, advertising or retail,
the Megaphone Summit is for you. You’ll interact with people who make buying decisions for their own households and influence the buying decisions of hundreds – if not thousands – of fans and followers. You’ll understand the nuances of reaching different generations and demographics, and you’ll hone your ability to understand, embrace and adopt emerging media.

If you’re a writer, poet, creative, maker, photographer, wordsmith or singer/songwriter,
this is your conference. This is where storytelling happens, creative partnerships are forged, big ideas see the light of day and writer’s block is stomped decidedly to its death. You’ll leave with inspiration, fresh perspective, invigorated enthusiasm and some unexpected accountability thanks to a new tribe of encouragers.

If you’re a blogger, lapsed blogger, wanna-be blogger, power Pinner, Instagram enthusiast… or the one stuck with finding content for your company blog, website or social channels,
this is absolutely your conference. To find the level of talent, the caliber of speakers, the wealth of knowledge and a springboard for making it all happen, you would have to book a plane ticket to a major metro area and spend hundreds of dollars on a hotel and pricey meals… not to mention a conference ticket in the $500 – $1,200 range.
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If you’re waffling on the dates, the expense, whether or not you’ll feel comfortable… or otherwise trying to come up with an excuse to skip this event, just stop. You’re doing yourself a disservice. (And if you live in northwest Arkansas and you’re planning to save money by skipping the hotel, I implore you to reconsider. The evening events and hotel hallways are where the real connections and inspiration start flowing).

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I’ll admit that I am biased about this event. After years in the tourism, hospitality and convention industry, I’m always looking for an excuse to bring people together. Back in 2010 as a blogger trying to navigate the confusing waters, I reached out to the women behind Arkansas Women Bloggers and asked if they would consider hosting a conference. I promised to help bring it together and to work behind the scenes – even though my motivation was shamelessly selfish. I simply wanted to be around other people navigating the same murky waters, learn from them and soak up their experience.

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I have been so incredibly rewarded by that phone call. It has led to some of my deepest friendships, my best ideas, finding my hidden stories and the way I make my living. Don’t miss this opportunity to give this gift to your self and your profession. Take a moment now to register, and please come find me – I would love to meet you, hear your story and do some scheming together!

Megaphone Summit’s schedule is full of great content and wonderful speakers, check it out here.

Conference sponsors include The Women Bloggers LLC,  KKG Soapbox Insights + Influence, Riceland Foods, Cox Communications, First Security Bank’s OnlyinArk.com,  Baker Eye Institute, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Fayetteville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and The Twiggs Group.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Bethany Stephens is a writer, blogger, marketing consultant and general enthusiast. She is very fond of Arkansas, coffee, social media and her bike. Beth lives with her husband, Fred, and daughters, Sophie and Ainsley. While most humans are made up of 75 percent water, Beth is probably 40 percent red wine. Check out her blogs The Little Magpie and The Food Adventuress.

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