Manohmanohmanohman. When I saw my Inbox fill up with info about the 2012 Etsy Success Symposium, I did two things almost simultaneously: First, I went, “Ohmygosh already?! How is that possible?!” Second, I ran to my calendar (and by “ran” I mean “clicked”, but I did it super fast, you guys) to see if I’d be free to go. Last year’s Symposium rocked my world (and gave me the after affect emotion of tears-and-gratitude, which is the sweetest place to be in), and while I didn’t trust that I’d feel well enough to make an in-person appearance (my last schmemo was Tue, and usually by Fri I have a case of the Big-Time Tireds), I RSVPd to the Online Labs with the hope I’d be able to plop myself in front of the computer for a workshop or four.
So the point of this post is not only to tell you that The Etsy Success Symposium Is Always Amazeballs And You Have No Excuse To Miss It Since It Streams Online So Mark Your Calendars for Tomorrow And Get All The Info Here , but also to reflect/celebrate/expand on one of the major highlights of 2011 for me: being a speaker at the 2011 symposium. I look back at my workshop, Ascertaining Your Awesomeness & Articulating It Without Sounding Like an Ass, and still beam: it’s something I still wanna preach to the choir, something I still think could help those now who are looking to craft their mission statements/ elevator pitches/ manifestos (if that’s you, watch the recording above & grab everything that went with it right here – it’s time well spent, I promise!), something that I still base my workshops around both in subject matter (my next one’ll be Unveiling Your Uniquity (& How the Heck to Apply It to You Passionate Career)) and presentation style (I tell stories and give my a-has/takeaways, then ask questions and make ya answer ’em on the spot, then leave ya with a bit of homework). I’m still new to speaking and know I won’t be able to do more ’til next year, but I’m proud of myself for creating virtual workshops so I can still workshop-it-up at home.
I’m dying to know …if you worked through my workshop last year (or have done it since then), did it help you, um, ascertain your awesomeness & articulate it without sounding like an ass? What stuck? What’s changed since then? Do you go over your mission statements/ elevator pitches/ manifestos semi-regularly to see if it’s still applicable to your goals/business? How do you still need help in discovering your uniquity and/or being able to talk to people about how amazeballs you are without feeling like a slimy salesman? Please leave a comment & give it to me straight. I wanna hear (and help)!