Making Things Happen 2013
When feels like forever ago (was actually mid-March), this room filled with 100 determined people looking to change their lives, start businesses, revive their current businesses, or simply get fired up to conquer their fears.
It was the first Making Things Happen TWO DAY conference and I was honored to be a guest speaker.
You might know that one of the big reasons I started this wedding design business is the kick in the pants I got when I attended Making Things Happen two years ago. Being a speaker gave the opportunity to share my experience in starting a business based on what I love and the tips I’ve learned on personal branding. Which really means, I talked the truth with a bit of sass to a group of 100 ladies and gentleman who were craving honesty without sugar coating.
There I am, with my lipstick and sequin Chucks, going through the exercises with the rest of the group. Not only was I able to teach about my last year and a half owning a business, I gained further clarity on how (with more focused work, less social media breaks, and collaborating with other wedding pros with my similar aesthetic) and why (to create artistic celebrations of two families coming together, to make my own schedule, to make colorful, quirky decor and florals) I’m going to grow this wedding design company to serve creative and modern couples.
I also learned I love public speaking and feel as though I have a viewpoint and a no-nonsense approach that people crave. It’s probably the New Yorker in me. I want to teach others how to start a wedding design business – since the term “wedding designer” is kind of a made up job that didn’t exist a few years ago. Would you be into that? If I started a blog series on how I got started and how I keep building? I mean, I don’t have all the answers, I’ve only been at this for a short while. But I do have the viewpoint of a brand new business owner, which I’m thinking might be more relevant and relate-able than getting tips from Martha Stewart.