By Heather Green
I am a self proclaimed knowledge hoarder. I try to read every night, and attend a business seminar at minimum every 2 months. I love learning, and at the rate technology shifts it’s important to keep up with changing times. A couple weeks ago I attended a business summit about motivational speaking and business strategies. I left feeling a little empty, because while the information was helpful and sparked ideas I felt bad for the other attendees. The speakers were excellent at planting ideas. And as I looked around I saw so many hopeful women eager to use the words the speakers were sharing, but in my gut I knew that many of the women would head home lost, and frustrated. The main speakers shared a lot of ideas about marketing initiatives, blogging, vlogging, teleconferencing and public speaking and while their ideas were solid, they aren’t easily implemented. At least without guidance and help they aren’t.
So I returned home and my mind wouldn’t stop running. I kept thinking about how, as much as I fight it, my passion isn’t really painting- it’s helping others like me. (Creative Entrepreneurs)
So I wrote out an idea for a Creative Entrepreneurs Retreat and I want to share the idea with you all. I kindly request your feedback. Because we won’t be having a FABAIC in 2016 I felt that May 2016 would be a great time to host the retreat. Then I wouldn’t feel so sad when May rolled around and there was no FABAIC! However, the retreat would be a completely different from FABAIC. The way I vision the retreat, there would actually be very little painting.
My goal with a retreat would be to help creative entrepreneurs, locate their gift, focus and develop a plan, and build a brand that has profitability potential. When I first started my entrepreneurial journey I was all over the place, I had trouble pin pointing where and what could actually make me living. I loved painting, I loved business, I loved homicide detective shows, I loved to create craft projects and I loved working with kids. So, I wavered through different ideas, until my vision took a path of its own. And with lots of hard work and dedication I reached this point. And I feel now is the time where I want to dedicate myself to help others on this path.
I have been working with a convention planner to help me find a venue that would support my idea of a motivational, peaceful, inspiring environment. My plan is to limit this retreat to 25 people to ensure proper attention and time to develop each brand. We would act as a group that would eat together, offer advice and constructive criticism, learn, grow and enjoy the surroundings to help inspire the journey.
My ultimate goal is for the participants to leave with something tangible. The “something” that many of the seminars I attend do not include. I would like to see every person leave with a professional headshot, a blog, a Youtube channel, Facebook business page, and a plan of action for the next 365 days.
This retreat would NOT be geared towards just face painters. I want to reach creative people because I feel they are the ones that hide behind the “I’m not a good business person” cliche. My best friend Lisa Pizza, is a face painter and the director of education at Silly Farm. She plans all my road tours, classes and workshops. But her real passion lies in her jewelry. But she , like many creative entrepreneurs, just need a little guidance and help nurturing their gifts.
So here is my idea in a nut shell
4 days on a tropical paradise 25 creative souls
-creating healthy routines for successful people
-Marketing like a rock star
-Public presentation of your visions and action plans
-starting a blog, Youtube and business pages
a mixing in fun, sun, excitement and camaraderie
So, please be honest with me. Would you want to be part of a retreat who’s mission to help you create a profitable business using the skills you posses and your vision? Would something like this be helpful for you and your business? Are there any topics you think we should cover or build into the program?
I have said it before, and I live by this motto. “If you are the smartest person in the room you are probably in the wrong room.” So I am looking for feedback and ideas to see of my vision for a retreat is something people besides myself want to take part in
I welcome all feedback and input. Even if my retreat vision never comes to life and becomes reality I still would love to hear from you all to know what you really find yourself needing, struggling with and wanting to know.
I hope that each of you are enjoying a busy summer full of new possibilities, exciting gigs and motivation to help you push through next season.
<3 Hope to hear from you soon <3