CYE 2021: What to Expect and How to Prepare
Published on: December 27, 2020

The first of the year is always a time of beginnings and renewed intentions, but after this last trip around the sun, there’s a palpable excitement about getting a fresh start. Some are comparing our times to other bleak moments in history—heralding a modern-day creative renaissance to come. After a few years of hosting this conference, we have never been more confident that this year will be our collective most Creative Year Ever. 

We have a great lineup of artistpreneurs, creative coaches, and craftspeople of all kinds who are ready to share their insights with you! Here are some details on what you can expect and how to make the most of your CYE21 experience:

What to Expect

Our schedule for the weekend of January 2-3 includes 20 speakers, with 10 sessions each day—that’s a lot! If you purchased a VIP ticket, there’s no pressure to be on-camera during the sessions you choose to attend. You can always re-watch the recordings later. However, for the topics you are most excited about, you will get a more interactive experience if you keep your camera on. There will be chances to participate! The best strategy is to prioritize your top few sessions to attend live and save some for later.

Free ticket registrants will watch via livestream, so the experience will be a bit less interactive and you won’t have access to the recordings. To get the best experience, you’ll definitely want to look at the schedule ahead of time and plan which sessions you want to tune in for and when you will take breaks. Feel free to have ongoing discussions with others watching in the comments!

Overall, the range of topics includes ideas related to finding your purpose, creative practices to try, types of content to create and other useful tips for entrepreneurs. Before you decide which sessions you’ll attend, spend some time thinking about who you want to be and what you want to do in 2021, then choose sessions aligned with what you need to make it happen. 

How to Prepare for the CYE Summit

To get yourself into the right mindset for absorbing new ideas that you can incorporate into your business or creative practice right away, you may want to revisit where you were at the beginning of 2020. Pull out that vision board or that list of goals and assess what you actually spent the most time on. (We all get a break for putting certain things on hold in 2020, so don’t be too hard on yourself!) Don’t forget to reflect on the things you did that weren’t on the original agenda, what you learned about yourself this year, and what you spent the most time thinking about instead of doing. What goals and habits do you want to keep, and what do you want to leave behind?

Once you have a general idea of what you want to do in 2021, think about what that work will look like and what you might still need to learn. Start to think about what you want to get out of the sessions you choose and write down any questions you have now. If there’s a lot you’re excited for or you just can’t decide, consider snagging a VIP ticket so you can ask your questions live and return to videos later!

Last, a few practical tips: having lunch ready ahead of time will reduce the scramble on the day-of and allow you to focus on midday sessions. (Just keep your microphone off!) Check out the Speakers page ahead of time, connect with them on social media, and connect with fellow attendees you meet in the chats. Follow this handy Twitter list to see updates from several of our speakers in one place!

We have a long road ahead of us in 2021, so remember—this is just the beginning! But making the choice to start the year off in good company with other creatives is a great first step towards making this your most Creative Year Ever.

About Kelsey Hoff

Kelsey Hoff is a content specialist and blogging enabler who writes web copy, whitepapers and blogs for mission-driven organizations and also coaches solopreneurs on developing their own content. She writes persuasive, emotionally intelligent content that “listens first” for greater engagement and authenticity, and she created the Journal to Blog method that she teaches. Kelsey received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, and her goal in all writing projects is to build empathy through storytelling.

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