For every successful conference, there is an army of volunteers working behind the scenes, people who want to make a difference. You may be wondering what prompts volunteers to offer their time and talent and how they are compensated for donating a few hours to help out at the conference. The benefits are numerous.

Are you shy, someone who would rather clean out your closet than talk to a stranger? As a volunteer, you have a chance to meet new friends in an environment that lends itself to a common goal. Attendees look to you for help, either to guide them to the lunch line, take them to their pitch appointment, or hand them a tote bag at registration. Perhaps this chance encounter will lead you to a lunch partner, or the published author you meet will sit beside you at lunch, and later, endorse your debut book. Volunteering is the introvert’s best networking opportunity, a chance to strengthen your personal and professional mission by meeting contacts.

By becoming a volunteer, you show that you are serious about your career and intend to do whatever it takes. Your skills and talents are needed. The ribbon beneath your name badge, signifying you as a conference volunteer, identifies you as an insider, a valuable team member and someone who is willing to go above and beyond. Remember, industry professionals are seeking not only a good story, but a writer who is serious about advancing his or her career.

If these benefits are something you believe will help you, don’t forget to check the box on the registration form indicating your willingness to volunteer. Even if you have already registered, you can send an email to the contact on our website and be assured it will reach our Volunteer Coordinator, who will welcome you to the HNS team!

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