I had an incredible opportunity to attend The Creative Connection annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota this past weekend.
The event brings together women who are pursuing businesses in the creative fields who are passionate to either move into an active business or expand in their current pursuits.
Many women come to connect and learn with no plans of entering into a creative business. But they often change their mind from thinking about a business to starting a business.
After attending the event it is easy to see why women leave the conference to jumpstart and expand business with success.
I see 3 benefits with lasting effects:
1. We shared a common goal (pursuing our passion in full a time business endeavor) and came eager to learn and step out of our comfort zone. It was amazing.
What astounds me and many of the other attendees is the energy that comes from connecting with many women. Most of us did not know each other. We left our lives and stepped out to spend three days with strangers.
And from the first activity, “speed dating” at the welcome breakfast, we spun through three days of meeting, talking, laughing, learning and sharing our stories.
2. We connected with each other at meal times, in classes and everywhere in between.
By the end of the conference, true “connections” (to borrow from the name of the event) were created. Almost immediately the exchange of interactions on Facebook, twitter and going out to meals together occurred.
3. We learned. Not just from the key note speakers and sessions- we learned from each other.
Honestly, I learned just as much from the people I mingled with at meals and classes as the key note speakers, teachers and panel speakers.
A jewelry designer I sat next to gave me some new insights into Twitter communication. A photographer gave me tips on my new camera. A business strategist in line for coffee behind me talked about overcoming business hang ups.
Are you feeling a lag in creativity or in your ability to move your business to the next level? Consider going to a conference, joining a community group of businesses with similar pursuits or creating your own group.
There is power in numbers.
If you are unable to travel, BlogHer has made some of the live panel blogging sessions available on their website. Check out www.blogher.com and click on the “Blog Her Virtual Com”- the red emblem in the middle of the page.
Another online webinar option for the solo-preneur is the International Freelancer Day of Freedom on September 23, 2011. Check out the link at www.internationalfreelancersday.com