It’s been painfully obvious that I haven’t been in the studio for the past two weeks due to several business trips.
Last week I was in Indianapolis for Eventology 2009, a midwest conference for event professionals. Produced by Katasha Butler of K. Sherrie & Co. I was so excited to be asked to be a part of it. The speaker lineup was with some of my dear planner friends and industry confidants Liene Stevens with The Smart Planner and Terrica Skaggs with Fabuluxe, Inc.
Because of blogging, online networking groups and twitter; this was one of the best conferences I have ever attended. Many of us have talked and shared stories (both personal and business) before we actually ever met in person.
To wrap up the event, I’m going to give you my take-away thoughts (brides please indulge me, this post will mean more for the planners):
- Almost everyone was the same in person as they are with their online persona; if not, they were even BETTER! I’m talking about you Melissa, Kelly, Andria — among many others!
- Only certain husbands should attend an event conference that is 99.9% made up of women. Tim Gill is your man for such an occasion. Not only did he hang well with the ladies, he opened every single door we walked through. Don’t think I didn’t notice.
- Monica Gill (the blessed wife of Tim) gave me the best compliment of the day and she doesn’t even know it.
- Swag bags are something that should never be underestimated and when you have pieces of Dreamy Gela to heavenly chocolates in them, they are that much better.
- Being a speaker at an event like this, holds a lot of responsibility. The feedback from my peers, personally moved me more than words can say. I’m inspired to do more speaking…and continue my passion for motivating others.
- It was a surreal moment to hug my online friend of six years, Jennifer. She helped me more at the beginning of my business and never asked for anything in return.
- I learned not to stand next to Terrica too long, because through no fault of her own, you can end up feeling short and frumpy.
- I met so many amazing professionals that are so serious and dedicated in continuing their education and growth of their business. For anyone that thinks wedding planners are silly, light-headed, creative creatures; then you and I will have a heated debate.
- Never knew a $17 dollar martini existed. It does. In Indy.
- My son, Boy Wonder, has truly become a legend in twitterland. Many people asked about him, which is amusing.
- A personal thanks to all of you that laughed or chuckled at least once during my presentation.
- Liene is very creative, especially with her Crayola trick. That’s lady’s mind never seems to rest.
- I have huge regrets (as usual) of not being able to spend more time with more of the people that attended. Would have really liked to sit down and talk with many of you.
- Planners know how to party and they have the best stories. If we collaborated, the real stories of weddings would be the size of a huge encyclopedia.
- Sometimes, GPS systems don’t know that an airport has physically moved, like just a few miles over. Who does that?
The next large wedding conference on the horizon is Engage! 09 produced by the remarkable Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce with Engaging Concepts, Inc. This is an exclusive event that is well-known in the industry to inspire event professionals to new heights in their business.