Making stuff happen is hard. If you’re running a purposeful business or project and want to learn something new or be inspired, where do you turn? In the past I’ve attended many conferences and events in pursuit of ‘continued professional development’. But how much do we really gain from this kind of traditional stuff?
When I think of all the conferences I’ve attended over the years these things spring to mind:
- Shit coffee
- Over heated corporate hotel rooms
- Name badge ‘position’ scanning and business card thrusting
- Crap speakers trying to sell stuff
- Feeling trapped and wondering where you can escape to
- A general mist of greyness
Thankfully times are changing.
Last weekend I attended a three day business event and these are the things that spring to find:
- Stories shared with honesty and vulnerability
- Late night fires and authentic connections (and a little too much whisky)
- Stunning countryside and fresh air to help bring clarity
- Sharing food, wine and genuine conversation in an ancient barn
- Feeling safe, with permission to choose the bits that I want to attend
- A smack in the face of vibrant colour
If you’re working on a project or in a business that’s about purpose and not just profits, or you’re thinking of making a leap, you deserve to give yourself the gift of a weekend like this.
Visit the Happy Start-up website (you don’t have to be a start-up!) and get on their mailing list so you can grab one of those few precious tickets for next years event.
Or, if you’re really determined to make some change happen, join one of their week long retreats. You’ll thank yourself forever.
All these images from this years event are by Simon Edwards from popupmbedia.tv