This past week was filled all things Blissdom Canada. An amazing conference that brought together 350+ of the most brilliant women in business. After flying home and catching my breath, I wanted to share what I walked away with after attending Blissdom Canada. Beside overflowing amounts of inspiration and ideas, I had to write the following:
Top 5 Things I Learned at Blissdom Canada:
1. Bring Extra Shoes—Yes, it may seem silly that this is number one, but ask any woman who sports heels all day on concrete floors, juggling her laptop, smartphone and coffee, running around meeting and greeting new and old friends and she’ll tell you all that this is hard work indeed! Bring comfy shoes. It makes glowing blissfully and networking that much easier—trust me.
2. Learning and Earning Go Hand-in-Hand—Ask any entrepreneur who is building a empire brick by brick or click by click and she will tell you it’s hard to find the time to go to conferences like Blissdom because it takes an enormous amount of support from family, colleagues and friends to pull off being away from your everyday life for 2-3 days. But it is CRUCIAL that business owners remember that by learning how to better your business, you are growing your business. To earn one must learn, and these types of industry events are a great way to meet other like-minded business people and gain perspectives that open up new ideas and ways of doing things that may transform your business and you in the best ways possible!
3. Help Is Just A Tweet Away—Each of us has our strengths but all of us cannot be experts in everything. Attending Blissdom Canada was a terrific reminder that we, as business owners, need to reach out and ask for help, ask questions, and give help or answers to our colleagues and that it feels REALLY GOOD to help each other and share in other’s successes and cushion struggles or failures. Whether it’s a question about where to find the best supplier for X, how to successfully raise venture capital, or if anyone has a business plan template that we could use, asking questions doesn’t just benefit the person inquiring but the larger audience as well. When we take time to help, we invest in each other.
4. Own What You Are Passionate About—Many times I heard at Blissdom, “My blog/business is just personal. It’s no big deal.” I want to say this once and for all, ladies–> YES, IT IS A BIG DEAL. It is a big deal because you chose to create something unique. You chose to put yourself out there and open up your lives and your hearts to readers and customers. Own your Bliss and don’t let anyone try to tell you that YOUR PASSION is “no big deal”. It is a very big deal. Your passion is what will take you from good to great, and from “no big deal” to a MAJOR big deal. Strut it.
5. Follow-Up is Key—Each of us who attended Blissdom Canada walked away with some amazing schwag, a purse full of business cards, and a list of things to-do. Organizing those business cards, business idea and plans, as well as following-up with those whom we made a connection with is so important to leveraging our attendance at Blissdom Canada. Put the new contacts in your smartphone and email program, boost your LinkedIn profile and add them there too, and start brainstorming ways to make your ideas a reality by building a formal plan now while you’re fresh and eager!
Any other ideas, fellow Blissdom Canada attendees? What will you do to harness the momentum you found at Blissdom Canada and take your business/blog to the next level?