Just got back home from a room full of fired up women entrepreneurs! I’m talking about Spark & Hustle
Tory Johnson is the visionary behind Spark & Hustle a national conference for business owners. I was delighted that one of the stops on the tour was local for me in Washington, DC. Here are a few highlights from this 2 day conference.
At the registration table there were tons of Sharpie markers in different colors to sign our badges… of course I had to take advantage of that 😀
I decided to take a break from drawing sketchnotes during this conference, so I left all my professional supplies for drawing at home. I just wanted to focus on connecting with people and learning strategies to grow my business. But… I couldn’t help myself. I’m a visual learner and before I knew it, pictures were popping up in my notes! Take a peek.
I think everyone in the room got a chuckle from hearing Tory’s networking strategy in her early days of business. The WAITERS don’t count.
Sarah Chapin from Hail Merry shared so many tips and quotes that I loved. Sarah told us “It doesn’t matter how small you start if your dream is BIG.” I also loved the chocolate macaroons that were placed at our table, compliments of Hail Merry!
Lena West and Coach Jenn Lee did a fantastic job during the pitch session. They helped many of the women in the audience iron out a crystal clear pitch. I love how they both made themselves available to answer questions even after the session was over.
Sam Horn showed us the power of using stories. Sam advised instead of asking someone what they do, say “give me an example of what you do?” She also said “It’s time to evolve our marketing” and go from explanation to examples.
During the 2 day event, Tory strongly encouraged and reminded us to sit at a new table after each break and meet new people. I took her advice and it made all the difference in the world.
We all have our own techniques for remembering things.
Some people use cue cards, repetition, or acronyms. Some use rhymes or even songs. Others use diagrams, maps and pictures to make associations. Wikipedia describes visual thinking as the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing, by seeing words as a series of pictures.
Now, let’s see what this source has to say on the matter. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you, the Muppets, with a classic video on visual thinking.
Dr. John Medina of Brain Rules believes that the more visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognized—and recalled.
We can learn and retain knowledge far more effectively by maximizing the use of our senses. So integrate visual thinking with action, verbal, auditory, tactile and motor sensory functions for better learning.
Did you know that approximately 60%–65% of the general population are visual learners? What is your learning style?
I was interviewed recently by Vera Raposo, business coach and mastermind at Your Creative Biz. Vera offers products and services for creative entrepreneurs. I was delighted to do this interview and honored for her to introduce me to her creative community. Thanks Vera 😀
During the interview, I share how I got started with graphic recording, what was my turning point, and tips I have learned for business success.
Dan Miller is an author, coach, entrepreneur, speaker, and a creative thinker of low cost business ideas. “Wisdom Meets Passion” (affiliate link) is the name of Dan Miller’s new book . It’s a great collaboration between Dan and his son Jared.
I feel like I know Dan on a first name basis because I am member of the 48 days community and I have listened to his podcasts for years! I often rotate and try out new podcasts, but Dan never goes out of rotation.
I was happy to learn that Jen McDonough, also a 48 days community member, was interviewing Dan for her radio show. You can hear the full interview here.
See my sketchnotes below for the rich pieces I heard during this interview.
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women (#Pennwomen) hosted an information packed teleseminar called “Building Your Business” with Melinda Emerson. If you have a small biz and you missed this, you can check it out here.
Melinda Emerson, known to many as SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 small business expert and publisher of Succeed As Your Own Boss. I’ve heard Melinda speak many times and she always delivers the goods. So glad I had a chance to hear this teleseminar.
If you are not listening to seminars and podcasts on a regular basis, I encourage you to give it a try.
Whether I’m walking my dog or driving my car, there is always time to hear something new that I can learn and apply to my business.