Last 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…]