Five Things That Surprised Me About the Platform Conference

Platform CollageLast week I had the honor of attending the Platform Conference in Colorado Springs, Co, hosted by Michael Hyatt. I’ve been a member of Michael’s Platform University for the past year and was so excited to be able to attend the conference and hear from him and the fantastic speakers. I hoped to learn even more about growing my platform and I knew I would meet some pretty amazing people.

But there were a few things I didn’t expect…a few remarkable surprises that left me feeling like I had just been a part of something special. The team at the Platform Conference delivered – in more ways than one! In fact, here are five things that surprised me (in a wonderful way) about the event:

1. Spirit of Generosity: Have you ever been in a group where you’re embarrassed to raise your hand and ask a question? Or you’re too nervous to share your thoughts or goals? Maybe it’s the introvert in me, but it takes a while for me to warm up and trust people around me. I typically feel like everyone has his or her own agenda and nobody really wants to hear about my business. But this event was overflowing with a spirit of generosity. Everyone I met truly wanted to help me in some way. They were genuinely interested in sharing their knowledge, experience and insights with me. And they were generous with their wallets as well – together we raised more than $63,000 in one hour to benefit World Teacher Aid and help fund the building of a school in Africa.

2. Warm and Welcoming Culture: Some conferences (especially industry specific events) can be a little cliquey. It’s uncomfortable to break into a group if the same folks have been attending the event for several years. But Platform was filled with people who were open and excited about meeting one another and really getting to know each other. If there were people who already knew each other prior to the conference, I would not have known it by the way they interacted with others. Everyone truly was there to work together.

3. Approachable Speakers: I’ve always been somewhat of a groupie, so I am usually on a mission to have my photo taken with every speaker at an event. But it’s not always possible. In fact, I remember attending my first “real” conference as an entrepreneur. I drove 9 hours to get there and I didn’t know a soul. It was a “one speaker” event and I was so excited to meet this woman whom I had admired from the other end of the internet for several years. But after her presentation, she disappeared. She was nowhere to be found. No handshake. No hug. No photo opp.

But Platform was the complete opposite! The speakers all made themselves available to not only take a photo with me, but also talk to me about my business and my goals. And these were “BIG NAME” speakers like Michele Cushatt (from Women of Faith), Amy Porterfield, Stu McLaren, Crystal Paine (aka MoneySavingMom), Ken Davis, Casey Graham, Ray Edwards, Pat Flynn and Cliff Ravenscraft. I’m sure they had other places to be…more important things to do. But each one of them took the time to talk with me personally. [Read more…]

Six Scripture Verses for the Mom Entrepreneur

scripture versesHi, busy mom! I thought you could use some encouragement today as you go about your work. Whether you’re a business owner or a ministry leader – or a mom who has been thinking about taking that leap of faith – I hope one or more of these verses speaks to you and offers the hope and encouragement you need today.

  1. You have a gift to share!

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

– 1 Peter 4:10

From photography to number crunching…from listening skills to legal services…from speaking and writing to building and selling…we each have been given a special gift. It’s God’s desire for you to identify those gifts, nurture them and share them. Please don’t hide your gift or put it on the back burner…or dismiss it as not important.

 

  1. Now is the time.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”

― Ecclesiastes 11:4

What are you waiting for, my friend? If you’re thinking that things will get easier when your baby starts sleeping through the night…or is finally in Kindergarten…or is off to college…I have news for you – it doesn’t get easier. Only different. You may have more time one day, but that will not necessarily create “perfect conditions” for you to take that next step in your business or ministry. If it’s on your heart to take that next step, then pray for discernment but know that there will never be “perfect” timing. So, now is probably as good a time as any!

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Keep Doing What You’re Doing

Smiling office worker showing thumb upDo you ever get bored with your business? If you’re like most moms you never really get bored – you don’t have time to get bored! But you may grow tired of doing things the same old way. You may no longer be thrilled by the challenge of your work. You might find yourself looking around at other businesses or new technologies or “fantastic” opportunities and wondering, “Hmmmm, maybe I should give that a try?”

If that sounds familiar, then you’re in good company. Most of us entrepreneurs are constantly exploring and learning new things. That’s why we are successful out on our own. Like flowers, we know there are only two choices – grow or die. And we prefer growing.

But sometimes we use growth as an excuse to avoid doing the work. I admit it – I catch myself doing this on occasion. I sit down to work on a project that I’ve been planning for a long time – something I know will be successful because I’ve done it before. And as soon as I start, I get distracted by an idea…something pops in my head or across my screen… and I get excited! So I start researching and brainstorming and dreaming… and the hours pass by quickly as I dive into my NEW, EXCITING IDEA! I’m convinced THIS is exactly what I need to make a change…to shake things up…to grow.

What I don’t realize is that my NEW, EXCITING IDEAS usually come at the expense of old and boring tasks. And those old and boring tasks might actually work well in my business. They might actually produce results…and generate leads…and earn revenue. But because I’m so attracted to the challenge of continuous change, I’m blind to the fact that I’m already doing exactly what I should be doing. While I might THINK I need a bright, shiny idea, what I actually need is the persistence to continue with something proven and familiar.

So how do you know when it’s time to try something new or if it’s best to keep doing what you’re doing? [Read more…]