So it's lunchtime at the writing conference. My friend and I had been at separate sessions just prior so I'm looking everywhere for her in the dining area. When I'm certain she's not there, I find a mostly empty table and ask the women sitting there if they don't mind if I and a friend join them. Of course they graciously let me sit.
I found my friend, sat down and after catching up, turned to our neighbors. It was a woman and her 13-year-old daughter. Very nice. Her name was Bonnie. So here's a bit of the conversation that ensued:
BONNIE: Have you attended many conferences?
ME: [shrug] I've been to a few. How about you? Have you been to many?
BONNIE: [shrug] Yeah, I've presented at quite a few conferences.
ME: [choke on my salad] Oh. Yeah, I guess there's that.
SENIOR EDITOR BONNIE: [graciously ignoring my red cheeks] So what do you write?
Okay, so the point of this little story? STUDY THE LIST OF PRESENTERS BEFORE YOU GO. Cyber stalk them. Find their picture and know who they are. In fact, the conferences usually post these on the website. Then maybe, just maybe, you can avoid embarrassing yourself like I so thoroughly did.