I’m home from Nashville and an absolutely extraordinary leadership conference that exceeded my expectations—and that’s hard to do! (I hope everyone was as pleased as I was; judging by the comments I heard, I think they were.)
From the very first event (Managers’ Reception on Wednesday night ) to the last event (Make & Takes on Friday night), I was captivated and excited.
The Managers’ Reception was at the Wild Horse Saloon, and we ate tasty food, listened to true country music, and kicked up our heels. Well, I didn’t kick up my heels because I slipped on some ice last week and my tush is still a little tender, but I’ve never seen so many people line dancing at one time—it was FUN!
Thursday and Friday were jam-packed with presentations, classes, stamping, and activities. We had lots of product giveaways, plenty of information and education, some leadership recognition, and so many great ideas! Our leadership theme—+ONE—will also be our global theme throughout this year, and so we hopefully provided plenty of suggestions for our demonstrators to add just one simple thing to their business this year that will make a difference. And if each of us—demonstrators and employee alike—get involved, collectively the results will be astounding!
I attended portions of each class and was so impressed. Both the presenters and the topics were terrific! I felt like every class had a cohesive message, that it was delivered well, and that both presenters and demonstrators participated with enthusiasm and energy!
Thursday night we had a Grand Opening Party, with games, contests, demonstrator booths, and the opening of the Memento Mall—a wonderful time was had by all, I’m sure.
By the time Friday night rolled around, I was worried that we’d worn everyone out and that people would come to the Make & Takes, grab their goody boxes, and head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. I should have known better! These are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, after all, and this is one of our premier Stampin’ Up! events! Everyone arrived, excited and ready to stamp the night away. Our Make & Takes were truly unbelievable, designed to reward an incredible group of demonstrators with a delightful night of fun and product, and I hope that’s how the demonstrators felt.
All in all, it was an amazing event. We’re meeting tomorrow to talk about things we did right and things we can improve on, and my list of things we did right is much longer than my list of things to improve on! I was proud of all our Stampin’ Up! family –demonstrators and staff members alike—and am so grateful to be starting this new year off being part of such an incredible group of people!