Ten years ago I would have be preparing for a different type of event season. Probably one of the ones you're seeing now. Creating my outfits, planning my hotels stays, and organizing set lists to see. But, I have had my fair share of music festivals and find myself now focusing on planning different types of events. In the last 10 days I have hosted, helped and crashed 3 very different, but very impactful events and I wanted to share my takeaways. Whether you are packing for Indio or Idaho, Miami, FL or Miami, AZ getting out and experiencing community is so important .
THE EMERALD PRESENTS : PODCASTS & PROSECCO
When I first heard about this event through social media I immediately reached out! I thought: a podcast event in AZ… we HAVE to get involved! Open heartedly, The Emerald welcomed me on board. The idea was to feature powerful women in the current podcast space to encourage and support up and coming podcasts. It was that and so much more! I was able to bring some of our tips and tricks, but also the idea of topics, questions, and a workbook to be incorporated. With the talented work of The Emerald and of course the amazing female speakers the event was a success. Myself and Ashlyn of The Emerald moderated our 4 pannelsits: Cayla Craft of Mommy Millionaire, Mika Perry of Good To Be Home, Danny Johnson of The Best Life, and Espree Devora of Women in Tech.
It was FULL day from panel Q&A, breakout sessions, and of course a networking lunch in between. The best advice I received was from Espree about valuing yourself, your brand understanding the value I can bring other brands. This was over a mimosa, before 10am and before the event “ started.” BUT, Honestly, my biggest takeaway took place before the event happened. I am about to get real, and if you are reading this I hope you know I am sharing this to encourage you to not make the mistake I did, or I had been. I was not expecting The Emerald to welcome me into the team to get involved, so lesson #1: don’t be afraid to reach out! But lesson #2 came 12 hours before the event started. I worked my ass off researching, sharing, and preparing for this event as well as putting my heart out there only to receive the “final” info with no credit of mine to be found. If you know me, you know my love lang is NOT words of affirmation, or even acts of service, but to be left unappreciated is how I felt. I let that emotion run through me and I made an educated decision to let my voice be heard. I threw on my heart chakra necklace and made my voice be heard, professionally. Graciously my demands were met and the respect was given and the overall success of the event was amazing- before, during and after!
THE KNOW SUMMIT 2019
You already know about the Know, and if you don’t know Know, you can read my blog here. But the Know Summit, wow, wow, wow! Over 150 women from 7 books and tribes in the U.S and Canada gathered for a three day immersive networking conference. “For us, by us,” was the motto because there wasn’t a speaker, moderator or vendor who is not apart of the tribe. Day 1 was was round tables and a happy hour mixing with the best of the best as the Best Of Know Book was unveiled. Day 3 was a VIP excursion to Sedona for a little more interacting and a lot more vacaying. But day 2 was my fave and what I helped to coordinate. Day 2 was an ALL DAY summit featuring 40 speakers, a marketplace, breakout sessions and a networking lunch at the fabulous FABRIC Tempe, What I helped bring to the table was the incredible marketplace: an outdoor shopping and mingling experience to support fellow tribe members and record with some pretty cool podcasts! The Finding Arizona Podcast was hitting record all day with the great ladies of the summit and you can hear the full episode here. At 5:30 p.m., as the sun was setting, the tables were tearing down and the ladies were saying their goodbyes, I took in the moment of gratitude for coordinating with amazing partners a for a functional and fantastic marketplace.
Attending the summit and hearing from the amazing speakers I took a plenty of notes on my phone app, but what stands out to me the most is the quote from Letitia Frye: “When you change your expectations to admirations your whole world changes.” Whether this means the value of myself, my business or others appreciation is greater than depreciation. I build some great relationships and the summit and strengthened current ones but overall really appreciated being surrounded by such powerful women!
BLOGGER BABES AZ INFLUENCER EVENT
Last, but not least was this little hidden gem. I saw this event scrolling through the gram and was messaged and encourage to attend. I was going with the intention to be the best student. As our podcast is growing I am learning to take on more partnerships and as my blog grows I want to make sure I am remaining authentic and showcasing who I am and not just another brand ambassador, I train those. I met the CEO of Well and Co and heard inspiring stories from him and his business partners. I learned the trend of micro influences and re-affirmed a message to myself. I met a health and wellness enthusiast whose family has a coffee shop in south Phoenix and connected better with her than an “blogger” I had been “adminiring” on insta for months. I connected better with someone who was being herself and resonated more with speaking sharing their true authentic selves and not with the one I thought I wanted to be like on a digital space. WOW! Shocker right? Sometimes you have to experience it to believe it.
Now we get to work on our own events, preparing for a podcast workshop of our own we put together this amazing PDF you can print and share to start your own podcast. CLICK HERE ! Get the tools in your belt and stay tuned for the workshop info on how to use them! Also, another big event were prepping for is on October 12! Oh yeah, more about that soon!