WordCamp Manchester 2016 #WCMCR

Posted on 15th October 2016 by Andi Wilkinson

October gave rise to my first WordCamp in Manchester and a fun time was had by all. If you have never been to a WordCamp there is something for everyone in the WordPress community, whether that be as a designer, a developer or a website owner. It turned out to be a great weekend put together by the WordPress Community.

There were a host of fantastic speakers full of knowledge and expertise and there was something to learn from everyone. With the exception of the lightning talks, all talks were recorded and will be on WordPress TV.

WordCamp 2016 Manchester kicked off to a flying start with a slap up meal at Sandanista, Royal Exchange. Seriously, thanks to Claire Worthington, organiser, I have never seen so much grub at a buffet!

I caught with the other organisers and speakers from the event and got ready for the next day of volunteering.

Volunteering at WordCamp Manchester

Early next morning I headed into the university of Manchester for my shift, where I spent all day helping on the information desk, swiping loads of WordPress #Swag and telling everyone about my Manchester Wapuu.

Factory were proud to be a micro sponsor of WordCamp Manchester this year, but amongst the bigger sponsors we met representatives from Automattic, 34SP, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bytemark and more.

There was a host of talks on various WordPress and web related topics. Sadly, I didn’t really get to listen in much as I was on the volunteer desk. I was convinced however to give a lightning talk by Claire Worthington.

The Lightning Round.

Every business including ours has faced difficult clients from time to time and had to part ways, so I did my talk around the top ten signs to look out for when qualifying for a new prospect.

Its sound business advice to qualify your customers, and can save any service based industry a lot of hassle down the line. Likewise its also important to ensure your agency is a match for you. So this is what I based my lightning talk on. It was met with lots of applause, so I was happy and stepped down, palpitating wildly.

That evening we all got together at Black Dog Ballroom in the Northern quarter for drinks, networking, pizza, chips, drinks, pizza with chips on, drinks and more drinks.

WordCamp was brill. I can’t wait for next year. Check out WordCamp Europe

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