Take your WITS learnings to the next level.
Mentor Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one for 60 minutes at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, writing and editing, content planning, business planning, affiliate marketing, and more.
Please note that Mentor Meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS.
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 1 November
When are Mentor Meetings?
Mentor Meetings will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 10 November. There are four meeting time blocks available between 14:15 and 19:00. Each meeting, unless otherwise noted, is 60 minutes long.
How do I sign up and pay?
Scroll through the list of mentors below. Once you find a mentor who you want to book a meeting with, click the “Register” icon and choose the time you’d like to meet. All payment (minus transaction fees) will go directly to your mentor. Don’t forget to add your meeting(s) to your calendar and mark them in Sched so you don’t forget!
Where do I go to meet my mentor for our meeting?
All Mentor Meetings will be held in the same room, listed in our schedule. Once you’ve registered, all you need to do is arrive there at your scheduled time. There will be someone at the door to check you in.
Can I book more than one Mentor Meeting?
Yes! You’re absolutely welcome to book meetings with more than one mentor, or book multiple meetings with the same mentor if you really love them. Keep in mind that you will be charged for every meeting you book.
How do I prepare for my meeting?
This part is up to you. We recommend becoming familiar with your mentor so that you can prepare the top questions and points you'd like to ask them. Also be sure to check their listing on this page to see if they have requested that you bring anything to your meeting. Otherwise, come with questions about your blog or business, pick their brain about a specific area of expertise, ask them about their own experiences — whatever you need.
Can I change/cancel my meeting and get a refund after I’ve booked it?
While you can cancel your meeting via the link in your confirmation email, please note that all sales are final and your payment will not be refunded. If you’d like to reschedule your meeting for a different time with the same mentor, select the reschedule option via the link in your confirmation email. If you do this, your payment will be transferred over to your new meeting. You cannot reschedule a meeting with one mentor to a meeting with a different mentor.
Will I miss anything else at WITS if I schedule a Mentor Meeting?
Mentor Meetings will not conflict with general conference programming; however, they may overlap with some tours. We recommend taking a look at the full schedule before selecting a time you wish to meet with your mentor.
Read through each mentor’s skillset to find the one who’s right for your needs.
Have you always wanted to publish your articles in various press outlets, speak on the radio, or be invited as a guest to TV programs? Alina can guide you in pitching your articles, collaborating with various mass media outlets, and establishing working relationships to earn some extra money and get promotional opportunities for your blog. Ge ready to be considered an expert in your niche and worthy of media coverage!
Founding your business or already building your career in travel as a founding team member? Carly can help with career advice, actionable tips for scaling businesses, practical workflows to maximize your efficiency, and strategies to grow your success within the travel industry. With 10+ years experience in the industry and extensive work as a mentor to women in travel, Carly will craft a custom session to address your core concerns and questions with an action plan and follow up steps.
Ready to start promoting your content? Jessica can help you get started in the world of social adveritising. From setting up your Facebook pixel, to running through setting up an ad, you'll leave ready to start running your first ad campaign. For those who've dabbled previously but want to take their paid social to the next level, Jessica can help with more intermediate targeting, ad types, and campaign advice. Reach new audiences, increase traffic, and build brand awareness - it's all accessible to even the smallest budgets. Let's get social!
Starting a new business can be a busy time, regardless of whether you are a novice or a seasoned content creator professional. For an allotted amount of time, Kristina will act as your own personal in-house counsel by helping you identify potential legal issues you may come across, think of strategies you may be dealing with now, develop a plan to protect yourself and your content creation business, and determine what's your best method to work in the future without hesitation.
Nora offers 3 avenues of mentoring (you can use your time with her to discuss one or multiple topics):
1) KICK-STARTING/UPGRADING YOUR FREELANCE WRITING AND BLOGGING CAREER: Tap into Nora’s 12+ years of freelance writing and blogging experience! She’ll help you find a niche, stand out, land gigs, sell yourself, cross-pollinate freelance writing with blogging, and much more.
2) HOW TO GET FREE ACCOMMODATION: Get Nora's inside scoop on this travel lifestyle that has saved her over $100,000! She'll help you choose the best forms of free accommodation for your lifestyle/location preferences, get gigs, do your due diligence, and create realistic expectations.
3) ARRANGING YOUR LIFE / FINANCES / CAREER TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD: As one of the first career travel bloggers and full-time travelers, Nora's 12 years as a digital nomad make her an uncontested expert! She’ll parlay her financial expertise to help you budget, file taxes, manage money, get paid, and more. She'll help you set a travel pace, achieve work-life balance, and manage this lifestyle and career. For newbies, Nora can also help you determine what to do with your home and stuff, and other beginner tips.
€15 (30 minute meeting)
Are you writing in English, but it's not your native language? Rachel can help with a quick look at a sample of your writing, highlighting common mistakes in grammar, structure, and/or punctuation as well as stylistic weaknesses. Bring a short writing sample of about 400-500 words along with any specific questions you'd like help with. In this half-hour session, you will collaborate with Rachel to produce a short, personalized checklist of main points to improve your writing.
Want to write a travel column or blog with a major online media company or newspaper? Sophie can help you identify and research possible markets, column topics that complement your online brand and blog, and determine the pros and cons of writing for a national brand. Develop a plan for pitching your idea, produce a schedule of content and a timeline to keep yourself on deadline, craft a plan for style and content concept that both pulls from and differs from your regular blog content, and craft a portfolio of usable content to demonstrate your column idea.