Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to attend two different women’s conferences. Few things in life bring me more energy than connecting with and learning from other amazing women.
The first conference was put on by the National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO) and the second by the Kansas City Business Journal.
I wanted to take time this week to share with you my top takeaways from these conferences, as I thought there were both really amazing.
1 – Never stop learning.
No matter how long you’ve been in business, how great you are at what you do, how amazing the tribe around you is….never stop learning. Read books. Go to conferences. Listen to podcasts. Watch inspiring YouTube videos. Join Masterminds. Business is changing every single day. Never stop learning.
2 – As women, we need to STOP fighting one another.
We need to lift each other up. There is more than enough to go around. Celebrate the women around you. Support one another. Do business with other amazing women in business. Mentor another woman in business. Find another woman in business to mentor you. Stop competing. Champion each other. Other women in
business should be your allies; your support system – not your competitors.
3 – Be clear on your vision.
I recently blogged about the importance of mission and vision. But it’s worth repeating. What are your building? What is your plan? What are you working towards? This is so important. It’s easy to get bogged down, frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed. Use your vision to propel you forward. The day to day can be tough – use your vision to help you through the hard days.
4 – Stop saying yes to everything.
(I am SO guilty of this). You have to have space in your business and your life to think
and process what is going on around you. We’re all so worried about missing out on an opportunity or disappointing someone that we take on things that aren’t in line with our vision. We take on things that cause us to stop taking care of ourselves. It’s important to weigh each and every decision against your goals, your vision, and what it means to your life to take on.
5 – Build a community.
Be a connector. Focus on other people – what can you do for them? And, make sure you do what you say you’re going to do! The most important part of being a connector is to GIVE! Networking is exponentially easier when you’re focused on helping other people.
6 – Focus on what you can control.
We are constantly trying to juggle everything, make everyone happy, and run in 38 different directions – which often makes us feel like we’re not doing anything well. Focus on what you can control. Be intentional with your time. What is draining your energy? If it’s draining your energy – WHY are you still doing?!
7 – Change the narrative in your head.
Would you talk to a friend like you talk to yourself? We have to be more gentle on ourselves along the way. Take care of yourself. Make time for yourself. Focus on who fills you up – and figure out how you can show up and serve the people in your life that matter most.
8 – Think about this: Do you accept people who do things differently than you do?
Are you creating an environment of exclusion instead of inclusion? If the answer isn’t one you like – give yourself grace – and figure out what you can do differently. You have to be okay with your choices – and STOP judging other people for theirs.
9 – We are all leaders – because we are all influencers.
Be aware of the impact you have on the people around you, both directly and indirectly. Before we can connect to other people – we have to know ourselves!! Once you know yourself – you can become an influencer for others. What do you want to be remembered for?
Overall, it was an incredible experience. I would attend both events again. None of these ideas are new to me – but it’s always great to hear from it from a different perspective. There’s something exciting about hearing from someone that has obtained the kind of success you’re working towards. And I wanted to share these thoughts and “nuggets” of wisdom with you!
Do you love attending conferences? What are some of the biggest takeaways of conference you’ve attended?