What a week I had at the end of September! Two days spent at the Entrepreneur’s Convention in Birmingham followed by a day at the Growth Club with Action Coach. Not to forget a superb evening relaxing at the Theatre Royal, Bath!
The ICC Birmingham was buzzing on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd September with the thousands of businesses visiting the Entrepreneurs’ Convention, hosted by Nigel Botterill and his team. We were all eager to uncover those small nuggets that would help us move our businesses forward. As an added bonus we were surrounded by like minded business people, all anxious to develop themselves (remember it is important to surround yourself with positive people with open mindsets and not negative people with closed ones).
What a treat we were in for. As well as pearls of wisdom from Nigel and his team, we were informed and entertained by Jonathan Winchester of Shopper Anonymous, who gave a brilliant session on keeping customers happy. The keynote speaker for the convention was Steve Wozniak. Mr Wozniak was entertaining and informative; it was a real privilege being able to listen to the man that, probably, invented something that has affected everyones life more than anybody else in modern times. However, the highlight of the entire convention was the speech given by Debra Searle who held the whole convention in the palm of her hand as she delivered the most inspiring speech based around her solo row across the Atlantic, following the removal of her then husband from the boat during a trans Atlantic race. It was witty, emotional and uplifting.The following day, which was my birthday, I attended my Growth Club where, with other business owners, we put the skeleton of our business growth plan for the next ninety days.
So, what did I get from those three days? It was a reminder of what you need to do to move your business forward. Much of the time covered things that you know anyway, but it is great to be reminded about them and to give yourself a prod to make sure that you do do them; it is too easy to let business pressures divert you from doing the things that make the difference. There were also the “nuggets” that I picked up. The things that were the “Eureka” moment. Things that, if implemented, would move the business forward in leaps and bounds. But as I stated above, I was surrounded by like minded people, a real plus.
I believe that it is important for people to develop a lifelong learning attitude, that you take time out from busy lives to continue to develop yourself. In the modern world the opportunities to do this are widespread: books, ebooks, cds, webinars, seminars and conventions to name a few. It is also essential that you take time to recharge your batteries, or as Stephen Covey expressed it, you need to “Sharpen the Saw”. Hence my visit to the Theatre Royal to see Nigel Havers in a modern clever adaption of “The Importance of being Ernest”.
So, what are you doing to develop yourself and sharpen your saw?