On Friday, it was my great privilege to attend the Texas Conference for Women!
My company actually paid for many of the women in leadership to go!
GO HOMEAWAY GO!
One of the many things I love about Expedia/HomeAway is their commitment to knowledge and learning. Many programs are offered internally to allow their employees the time for professional and personal development and it is such a joy to be able to take advantage of that benefit. My dream is to speak there, but one day at a time, folks!
There were 7500 people in attendance Friday. Take a minute, drink that in…..
7500 people mostly women, and it was great to see some men as well!
The day started with a breakfast session with (Anne Grady) about balance being bogus!
It really set the tone for my day because my normal habit in an environment like this is to take copious notes (which I never look at again) and really MISS out on the opportunity to really BE there.
Anne asked us to think about what we would do to really BE at the conference.
Some suggestions in the room were-
- Turn off the phone (Phone still distracting even if off & facedown) (credit Merchandise to remind you to disconnect
- Breathe –
- Focus on the last letter of the the last sentence that was spoken to maintain focus. (I used this a LOT throughout the day)
So fed and ready I headed into the day-
There is really so much more to say than five takeaways AND one of the things I learned from my conference experience is sometimes it’s better to say it with less words and your time is valuable so I will hit the highlights!
- Always be early, you will get a good seat get your conference guide so you can plan out your day and map out your route for getting the most out of the conference.
- “We need accomplices, not allies”- Luvvie Ajayi
- ““Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. BIG Potential is what we can achieve together.”” –Shawn Achor
- “Choose discomfort over resentment”-Brene’ Brown (It’s not comfortable to say no, especially for women, we want to do it all, have it all and be ALL things. If you say no, you will be uncomfortable but you won’t resent the person you should not have said “yes” to if you go ahead and say “no”.
- Be bold, ask a question, sometimes it will lead to a great discussion! (this applies to individual networking, local meetings, as well as a conference like this!
In conclusion, if there is a Conference for Women in your area, I HIGHLY recommend you go, and encourage your company to invest in a table or two!
Think about it.