Hey readers! Kaitlyn here…
This past weekend was Kansas City’s Go Blog Social Workshop. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the day, but I was eager. Bloggers and business owners from all over the Midwest were in attendance to learn, share and (of course) socialize! It would be impossible to summarize all I learned in my experience at the workshop, but I’ll give it a shot.
Trust Your Instincts and Don’t Quit
Starting off the day was the fabulous Tobe Reed of Because Its Awesome. She started things off with a bang. She said she was nervous speaking in front of so many people, but she was confident about her work. She stressed the importance at looking at your work and asking what you can do for others as well as what they can do for you.
Own Your Brand, Your Style
Sam and Emily of StyleEsque started out as wedding planners, but soon realized their talent for product styling. They taught us about the the importance of having a partnership that looks at both the details and the big picture. I even tried my own hand at product styling. Check it out!
Emily Reinholdt is The Object Enthusiast. If you want a remarkable Instagram page, she knows how to do it. It’s not about the quantity of followers as much as the quality. If a few followers share and support what you do, you will find success. I thought she made a very good point about showing your readers a face/personality behind your brand. Instagram can play a vital role for your blog or business, which is why focus on the perfect combination of shot and caption is key.
Be A Storyteller
The highlight of the day (for me) was getting to hear from the woman behind Touch of Ambition. Jenny Singh used a quote that really resonated with me. “The people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world are usually the ones that do.” Everyone that showed up was there for a reason. They want to stand out, they want to touch people, and they want to create change. It can happen for anyone, but you have to work hard and you have to believe in who you are and what you’re doing.
A Photocopy is Never As Sharp As The Original
You will find no closer business partners than Morgan and Carrie of Ampersand Studio. The two have been working together for over a decade and you can tell how well they work together. They were full of work stories, most of which got a laugh. The pair of them have so much experience in design and were the perfect choice to conclude the day.
It was such an honor to be in a room full of young movers and shakers. I learned so much and I aspire to be just as driven as the women I met at this unique and somewhat unconventional event.
A special shoutout goes out to Kat, Sam and their incredible team for putting together such s spectacular event. Your hard work and detail put forth has not gone unnoticed. You should feel proud!