I called this week, at least in my head, "The Gauntlet." I challenged my limits, both physically and mentally. No, I didn't run a 5K (ha, me, run?!).
I did however, give six different talks over the course of four days, and three of them were brand new talks I had never given before. See, a while back, I submitted six ideas to Global Entrepreneurship Week, thinking they'd only choose about half. Nope, they accepted all of them. (That'll teach me.)
I absolutely loved giving all of these talks, without exception. I felt like I was giving my entrepreneurship community here in KC a massive leg-up with the stuff that I've had to learn the hard way (which seems to be the way I learn everything). What I didn't expect was how physically tired I would be at the end of the week.
I'm guessing that happened because I gave each talk my all. I brought my best, brightest, smartest version of myself to each, and gave every person in the audience my full attention. Given the opportunity to do it all over, I wouldn't change a single thing. Giving talks is my calling. It feels like this is what I was programmed to do. Giving talks and doing coaching feels almost as effortless as breathing to me. Until afterwards, when I need a nap to recharge.
I am exceedingly grateful to the staff at KCSourceLink who organized the event, and for choosing my talks. This week-long event is not simple or easy to pull off. Kudos for doing it well, and with smiles all around, from the tech people who helped connect laptops to screens, to the folks answering questions in the hall, to the volunteers directing people up and down stairs. A special thank you to the kind soul who found my laptop charging cord and turned it in to lost and found—bless you!
A great big congrats to all the people who attended #GEWKC—it's one hell of a brave and awesome commitment to show yourself and the world you're committed to doing something new, and that you're willing to invest in yourself and your own education to help you reach your goals. I wish you the best of luck, the smoothest of paths, and everything you deserve.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended my sessions. Your questions, comments and contributions made the talks more valuable for everyone in the room. It wouldn't have been the same without each of you!
For those who missed out, and are seeking answers to seemingly daunting questions about your entrepreneurial endeavors, reach out and let me know how I can be of service to you. If I'm not the one who can help you, perhaps I know someone who can.
Thanks for reading, and good juju to you until our paths cross again!