Thursday, August 19, 2010

5 top key reasons to attend a national educational conference

I think it is vital for any novice or seasoned professional in the wedding planning business to attend at least 2 national educational conferences outside of their region…I have listed below the 5 top key reasons to attend a national educational conference:

Be inspired.

Getting away from your environment inspires you to meet other like minded professionals, share ideas and brain-storm new business directions. When you are away from family and the regular rhythm of life, you are more inclined to risk by meeting others, asking questions and keeping an open mind and heart for new seeds of brilliance to be planted.

Talented leaders in your beloved industry.

The quality of industry professionals that educate, share and lead are more available to you in one place, at a national conference, rather than a local networking event. Reputable, proven leaders in your industry are accessible, face-to-face, at the conference, which can be a catalyst for new beginnings.

Opening your mind up to new possibilities.

The Wedding Planning industry is filled with entrepreneurs all doing their best to live a life of purpose (serving others) while (hopefully) making money. Connecting with others along the same journey to share stories and dreams can be very empowering, refreshing and enlightening. Learning from others without having to make their mistakes, can be priceless!

Get educated.

Education can make the difference of how you respond to difficult questions and circumstances. Immersing yourself in a national industry conference will increase your self esteem and confidence. And when a bride is looking to invest in a planner, confidence can make the difference on whether you will be hired for the price you are worth!

Be a leader.

Once you have invested and attended a national industry conference, you have the choice to share your experience and knowledge to your local community of professionals. It is the best way to earn the respect and admiration from your local associates by sharing your educational experience with them. Not everyone has the means to attend a national conference in an exotic island. Be a leader to your local group and share what you have learned with them. After all it is in the giving that we receive!

I hope to meet you in the Bahamas November 1-5, 2010 for !

Much gratitude!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

All Things Wedding...All in One Weekend in the Factory at Franklin

I am soooo thrilled to be a part of this unique wedding-inspired weekend in Nashville, TN coming up August 19-21!! It’s going to be an amazing weekend jam-packed with exciting activities for vendors, planners, and brides alike! The itinerary looks fabulous. In addition to a VIP cocktail party, silent auction and bridal expo, I will be speaking, hosting coaching sessions, and having a book signing. A Magical Affair and Wedding 101 are sponsoring the event, and you definitely won’t want to miss it! Call 615.791.9771 for more information or to make a reservation. More details to come. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Much Gratitude,
Mary Dann-McNamee