After two incredibly stimulating days at the Connective Conference on the Gold Coast and very little sleep, we are indeed the epitome of the “work hard play hard” generation…, you would assume I would be feeling exhausted round about now, instead I feel energised, rejuvenated and inspired!
Mark Haron and Glenn Lees opened the conference with four extraordinary examples of successful brokers within the group, what differentiate and set them apart in a competitive market. The Game of Homes YouTube video was an absolute hit and showcased marketing genius beautifully!
I could have listened to Gus Balbontin former executive director of Lonely Planet all day. The contagious levels of passion he exhibit when explaining why resourcefulness is more powerful than resources, and why momentum can be deadly in business impacted me to the point of changing my perspective.
Koshie was brilliant, he demonstrated the pace of technology change and how this has already and continues to impact on business models and management changes. The importance of your business digital presence and mindset as we continue to adapt to an ever evolving client landscape and a future where the smartphone rules.
I had a paradigm shift when the dynamic Amanda Stevens said that it is more powerful to be interested than interesting and I have set myself a goal to be more curious with my clients and to remember that the optimism bias is automatic when you have a future focused conversation.
A highly informative session with Chris Riddels, the well renowned digital strategist left me with great insights into future and emerging trends and the threats around innovation and change that will impact us in 2018 and beyond.
An intensely moving close to the conference with Saroo Brierley as the last key note speaker, who shared his story as a lost 5 year old boy on the streets of India and how this manifested remarkable resilience in him.
Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and having support around you is a key ingredient in doing this well. Most brokers are ex corporate executives like myself and the change from being part of a really big team to a small business can leave you feeling a little isolated.
What I love about being a Connective broker is that I feel like I am part of a big team, all the Connective staff go out of their way to ensure all the members are connected and having fun.
The saying is that a successful conference will stimulate your mind with its sessions, satisfy your hunger with its food offerings, and take care of entertaining you during non-session time. On all three fronts, I’d have to say this Connective Event was a hit. The sessions were incredibly interesting, the speakers were extraordinary and inspiring, the food was delicious and plentiful and the evening events were well planned and executed and an absolute blast.
A huge shout out to the Connective team for another successful conference, we are already looking forward to next years event with great anticipation.