Last week, I went on one of those so-called “mommy business trips” that the Wall Street Journal recently depicted as a hobbyist’s escape, and according to the article’s accompanying graphic, an excuse to lie on the hotel room floor and eat chips from the mini-bar. Like the author tweeted:
Once you read the article and listen to the accompanying audio/video, you may come away with the idea that such trips are modern-day coffee clatches disguised as, Rosman snickers, “business.” But if she had been with the 20 or so (tee-hee) “mommy” bloggers who attended the Microsoft trip in Seattle with me, chances are, you’d see that what we accomplished was similar to what journalists like her get done at “writer business trips.” (I know, because I keynoted one of them.)
8 Things “Mommy Business Trips” Have in Common with Other Business Trips
- Networking with like-minded people who do the same thing for a living.
- A chance to learn something new, cutting edge, or “outside the box,” to borrow corporate speak.
- The opportunity to land paying work (and in my case, sit next to Anderson Cooper).
- Getting out of the rut of the office and home routine.
- Swag and dinner out (perhaps even with wine and a chocolate-covered dessert!)
- Gathering and disseminating information for your audience, if you have one.
- A chance to visit another city.
- An exchange of industry-related ideas, trends, and advice.
If you want to eat chips on your hotel floor, that’s up to you. Just don’t call me a “mommy blogger,” and don’t call my business a “hobby,” either. But if you want to talk business, ping me on LinkedIn.