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Welcome to Winter, a time to assess what we have harvested over the last two seasons to determine if it will carry us through the colder or quieter months to the following Spring.
And it is no different in the business world.
Winter is a great time to gather and prepare our resources, ideas or suggestions for the following Spring where we can present them to the world as a new product, service or business idea. Even our personal life can take a step back to slow down or collect our thoughts ready to move forward when the warmth of the new season puts a Spring in our step.
This is why we are releasing the opening of the Early Bird Exhibitors. It gives you, as a small business, the time to put together new offers, refresh the old ones or add something completely different.
What a positive way to start the new season and the new month.
The Personal Growth Expo this year is adding even more to the Early Bird Exhibitor’s offer. Not only do you get your 2 x 2 mt area which gives you room to move and display your banners etc. You will also have a black fitted table cloth over your 1.6 mt table to hide your gear under and create a wonderful ambiance as attendees come into the Expo. Plus you get a free business video, of your business, to share on your and our social media sites and website. We would love to add you and your business as a blog to the site if you provide us with so info about it and the personal growth aspect of your business.
But wait there’s more!
This year we are offering two free half day workshops for our Early Bird Exhibitors to ensure you get good ROI.
The first workshop will be 8 weeks prior to the Expo when your business videos will be completed. The workshop will be about getting the most out of Social Media Marketing and like most of us small business we need to do this in a manner that suits us individually. This social media marketing strategy is one not to be missed and will make sure you use your free business video to it’s fullest capacity.
The second half day workshop will be held four weeks prior to the expo where you will be shown how to set up your stall, how to attract and engage people at your stall and how to make sales at the Personal Growth Expo.
If you want to take advantage of this offer click on the link and let’s get this Expo started.
Please note that the Early Bird Exhibitor offer is only on for a limited amount of time and the free Business Videos will only be available for Early Bird Exhibitors. Past exhibitors will have the first option to purchase a stall during the month of June then the stalls will be open for all parties on a first in basis. We endeavor to have only one business type per section. For example only one book keeper will be under the Wealth section. This is to give our attendees more variety across the Personal Growth Industry.
Sunday 4th November 2018 9am to 4pm
Southport Community Centre
Get your Head right, get your Body right and get your Business right
Hi Melly and Trish,
I have finished the Early Bird announcement for the 2018 Gold Coast Personal Growth Expo. Last year’s exhibitors will be so excited when they see the changes we have made for them, not to mention the new exhibitors that have been waiting for the event to open.
Now before we release it to the public I wanted you to have a quick look and see that everything is working as it should.
Go onto the website and click on the Exhibitor Information link. It’s the bright orange one on the right hand side of the site or scroll down if you are on your phone reading this.
That link will take you to the Exhibitors form to fill in and start the wheels in motion.
Have a look at the drop down section I added to the form where people can click on one of the three options.
- Gold Coast 2018 Exhibitor Enquiry – If they just want to ask a few more questions before continuing knowing their place is safe or on hold.
- Gold Coast 2018 Early Bird Exhibitor – For those who want to get in first and save their place knowing that we don’t double up on businesses.
- Gold Coast 2018 Exhibitor Aug – Aug opens on 1st of August when the early bird exhibitors
The Early Bird Exhibitors still get the chance to produce a free business video of their business to share with their communities plus the opportunity to attend two free business workshops. This will ensure they get good ROI for the $250 spent on having a stall. Creating these videos for them not only helps the business coming on board but it gives us the opportunity to share their businesses to our interested parties as well. A real win-win situation and once they are shown how to do their social media marketing at the free business half day workshop, the Personal Growth Expo word will spread.
Then we only need to help them set up and sell from their stall which we will do in the second half day free business workshop closer to the Expo date.
All of the black fitted tablecloths are ready to go for the Exhibitors and I have made sure they get a good 2 metre square area so they can easily display their products and services on the tables and open their banners.
I know the Early Bird Exhibitors doesn’t officially open until the 1st June but I have opened it if you want to take a quick sneaky look at it.
Struggling between freely helping others and getting paid for it.
Have you ever been asked what success means to you? I know I have and fund it very difficult to express. My heart always goes to helping other with their personal growth without question but my head says you need to make money to survive.
We all define success in our own way but somehow the consensus always come back to money or finances to highlight how successful you are. I believe that it is because we have different aspects or areas in our lives that mean success to us but they are not as measurable as money is. Or what that cold hard cash can bring and let’s face it, it is true. The difference between driving around in a new car straight off the lot compared to a second hand car does depict a certain kind of success. We naturally feel the difference within ourselves and can respond to that feeling without realising. Sitting up straighter, adding a particular smile to your face and even nodding the person in the car beside you as they acknowledge their liking of your new vehicle. This is how I felt when I purchased my most recent car. Although it was second hand and my feeling of personal success was very new to me, I couldn’t help but bask in the enjoyment of it.
It was then that I realised that the most important part of success for me was how I felt about it not what it looked like. If I am feeling successful then I am well on my way to being successful in my own right. For me to feel successful using means that I am helping or assisting others in one way or another. Like to help whether it is a friendly word at the right time to lift the spirits of someone or picking up the pieces that have been dropped.
Success is about ‘feeling it’ and for me has to do with helping others. The Personal Growth Expo was designed with that in mind. To help small businesses get their products or services out to consumers in an affordable manner.
The other type of success is when we ‘see it’ and this is more about finances or what finances can bring. To start with financial success can bring you choices that you didn’t have before. You could take Business Class instead of Commercial Class on your next overseas flight. It also gives you a certain look if you spend your money on clothing, cars and other gadgets that make you appear to be oozing wealth. However ‘seeing’ wealth does not instantly mean you are successful.
If you ‘feel it’ and not ‘see it’ or ‘see it’ but not ‘feel it’ you are only halfway to being successful. I drove around in my beautiful sports car but struggled to get it serviced. I felt successfully briefly when I first saw my car but that feeling became insignificant when it came to maintaining it. To be truly successful you have to do both. You have to ‘KNOW IT’. When you know you are successful, you are authentic and no one can take it away from you. It is in your heart, head and gut as you live, breathe and feel that subtle energy of success.
So my challenge continued. I really enjoy helping people as it gives me the feeling of success. I love the choices being financially successful gives you but I didn’t know I was successful. That was until I completed the first Personal Growth Expo.
The expo was all about helping small businesses and helping the attendees and yet it gave me the ability to create finances. Finances not just for myself but for all the businesses involved in it. I felt it, I saw it and I KNOW the first Personal Growth Expo was truly successful which is why it is being held again in 2018.
Award for Innovation in Consumer Events
Bronze for The Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year
What has been successful for you?
SUSAN JANE FROM THE GOLD COAST PERSONAL GROWTH EXPO WINS TWO BRONZE STEVIE® AWARDS IN 2018 ASIA-PACIFIC STEVIE AWARDS
Gold Coast, Queensland – 19 April 2018 – Susan Jane the director of the Personal Growth Expo were named the winners of two Bronze Stevie® Awards in the fifth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards today. The winning categories were Bronze in:
The Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year 2018
The Award for Innovation in Consumer Events 2018
The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are the only business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in programs such as The International Business Awards® for sixteen years.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala banquet at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong on Friday, 1 June.
More than 800 nominations from organizations across the Asia-Pacific region were considered this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. Susan Jane (Director) won bronze in the Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year category and the Personal Growth Expo won the bronze award for Innovation in Consumer Events category.
Below is an excerpt of the submission
The Personal Growth Expo was created with the name that reflected my goal. The event started to come to life but everyone requires personal growth on different levels. To develop the concept, I sorted through what I felt was important in life. Things such as finances, business, physical health, direction, mental health, relationships and attitudes.
Innovation in branding was important so by going with-IN I realised that my relationships, my spirituality and my mindset were very personal to me. I kept them under the radar of general discussion and was cautious about who I revealed them to. They were Stealth like and hidden. Health could take on all aspects of health including environmental, physical and mental health. Business and finances could be put under a Wealth category where people can gain personal growth through skill development, techniques, direction or new opportunities. The elements of Stealth, Health and Wealth were born.
I had the concept: To increase your bottom line, increase your personal growth. The tag line was ‘Get your Head right, Get your Body right and Get your Business right’ but the planning was slow. Someone suggested that I do a live video call out on Facebook. Within an instant I had a photographer, professional speaker and an event organiser willing to assist. Now the expo went from ‘I’ to ‘we’ and planning blossomed with new ideas from the team.
Collaboration was our core message in promoting the expo. We supported the exhibitors giving them free videos of their business to share on social media. 40 exhibitors sharing boosted their profiles and ours at the same time, plus we had incentives for the videos who had the most views on line.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 executives around the world acting as judges in March and April.
“We are very pleased that entries to this program grew by more than 30% this year,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “This growth illustrates how vital innovation is to business growth, and how important being recognized for their innovation is to enterprises throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We extend our warmest congratulations to all of this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.”
Details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at http://Asia.Stevieawards.com.
About The Personal Growth Expo
The Personal Growth is moving to bigger premises in 2018 due to the interest already being shown. Sunday 4th November 2018 at the Southport Community Centre will lift the number of exhibitors to 70 plus with 400 – 600 expected attendees. Early Bird Exhibitors will open in May 2018 and they get a free business video of their business to share with their communities plus the opportunity to attend two free business workshops, ensuring good ROI for the $250 spent having a stall. www.PersonalGrowthExpo.com
About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com
Sponsors and partners of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards include PR Newswire Asia and the Korea Business Communicators Association.
To do or not to do, that is the Personal Development question.
As embarrassing as it is I have to confess I LOVE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT! Hmmm let me rephrase that … I love personal development when I understand what it is and how it relates to me.
I know what you’re thinking ‘sometimes personal development is just a big pain in the butt’. That could be because you have had to attend a course for work that you didn’t have any interest in it. Or you may be experiencing something at home that is causing you grief under the guise of personal development. Nothing quite like learning the hard way and boy aren’t we good at that!
Yes I’m aware that contrast causes growth but gee whizz does it have to be so tough? No wonder staff members crack up when they have to attend another PD session! You can almost hear them saying PD that should be called Please Don’t.
But don’t get me wrong I must be one of the biggest PD nerds around. I can’t seem to get enough of it. Gosh I know that sounds pathetic but it’s true. I’ve been reading books about it all my life and started in my late teens. Whether it was about business development, spiritual attainment, financial growth, emotional mastery or any of the numerous health books that I could find, I would devour them. Hey, I am so bad that I even wrote my own personal development book about your intuition. Intuitive Flowers: Empowering your Goals. And I still have three more books started which help with personal growth. Oh yeah! I am bad, intuitively bad.
In fact my business www.intuitive-nature.com has lots of tools that help you develop, trust and utilise your intuition which is all part of personal development. So I guess that it was natural that I move from books, workshops, motivational talks and courses to the mother of all personal development.
‘The Personal Growth Expo’
He he he (wicked laugh)
Now, I longer have to search for people, books or businesses that provide what I love, they all come to me.
He he he (more wicked laughing)
At the Personal Growth Expo it was like I was living in PD heaven. I chatted, mingled and absorbed all the information being given out. I wrote my name down on everything that was being offered and basked in the glory of learning more about my Health, Wealth and inner Stealth from professionals excited to share.
It was then that it really occurred to me. A lesson that was taught to me in my early years from my parents, that if you love doing something and you do it with love it doesn’t seem like a chore. That was what the Personal Growth Expo was like for me. As the director of the event I loved meeting the people and hearing about their businesses and stories. We were all there for the same reason … for Personal Growth in one way, shape or form and we loved it.
On the 4th November 2018 if you are at the Southport Community Centre listening to the fantastic speakers and amazing workshop facilitators at the Personal Growth Expo and you see someone rolling around on the floor don’t worry. It will probably be me, the little pig rolling around in the proverbial and loving it.
For more information fill in the contact form and we will get back to you or call 0438 111 174
Motivating a team of people can be a huge challenge.
Some teams are all on the same page and work harmoniously together while others appear to be on opposite ends of the scale. It’s a full time job just sorting them out let alone trying to motivate them all to move forward together. But it doesn’t need to be hard. In fact it can be enjoyable for all team members as they get something out of it. It can be a win-win situation and (can I say this in a business environment) it can be fun.
Intuitive Team Motivation bypass’s all the theoretical jargon and goes directly to the source of the problem. Knowing what motivates your individual team members. Yes, I know that sometimes the Team Members are not aware of what motivates them but you don’t need to ask them. You can find out in another way, intuitively.
Team motivation is about concentrating on the team’s goal or project and then determining the success of it. If you can sidestep the logical thinking side of the teams’ brains and tap into their creative solving side you can discover answers you didn’t know you were seeking.
The logical or left brain will often response or react in ways that are expected or the norm. The left brain usually thinks in a manner that is already known or experienced prior. It focuses on the verbal, analytical and orderly. Things like reading, writing and computations with a very linear way of thinking.
The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking bringing in the imagination, arts and creativity. It has a very holistic way of thinking. We know the two sides of our brain are different, but it doesn’t mean we use only one side at the time. However to get to the base of how people are motivated we need to ensure you tap into the right side of the brain. This allows people to express themselves without the left side’s logical thoughts manipulating the outcome.
One of the best ways to tap into the right brain is through drawing.
To discover how to motivate your team as a group and as individuals is to ask them to draw something and then assess it.
What type of motivation
The use or format of the paper can reflect how we see the world and what motivates us in life. Most images are presented in a portrait or landscape format and the presentation represents the individual’s prominent motivational outlook in life. The two formats relate to motivation in a positive and negative aspect. As the format is the first thing that is viewed in an image, it relates directly but subtly to how the world also views us.
The thought processes required
Thought processes help to determine the way people pick up or require information delivered to them. Some people like the big picture or concepts delivered to them first before they can breakdown the details whereas others work from the details up. This is shown in how we present the style of drawing. You can see if the image has been drawn quickly and simply with the brief outlines or if the image has more details in it.
The perception of the goal
A person’s perception is the collection of qualities they possess and can be defined through the size of the image that has been drawn. The decision about the image being large or small is dependent on who is doing the analysis and how they perceive it. The larger the size of the image compared to the paper size the more extroverted is the perception of the project or goal and the smaller the image the more introverted the person is about it.
Other areas you can also determine are:
- What the main focus is about – The Task or Goal
- What behaviours are needed to achieve the goal – Aggressive or Passive
- The sort of drive that underlies the motivation – Individual or Community
- What the attraction is towards the goal – Size, Shape and Number
I know you’re thinking, ‘all this just from a simple drawing.’ Yes it’s true. You can determine what motivates your team just by using this simple technique but of course then you need to follow it through.
Using the right language and targeting the right aspect of each team member will give you the best group going forward. For example if you wanted to give a pay rise to someone concentrate on what it could mean for people with different underlying drives. Those with an individual drive would respond better to ‘Now you can look at getting that sports car you wanted’. However for someone who has community drive make it all about their community or family. ‘Now you can look at getting that bigger family car you wanted’. Similar words that instigate a different drive to motivate. Remember, however that this person could be completely different outside of this project or work environment.
Setting aside the left brain and allowing the right side of the brain to come forward will give you and your team insights you may not have been aware of. Not only will you, as Team Leaders, understand what makes your team members tick, your team members will learn a little more about themselves. They will understand the best action for them to take to achieve their goals and the goals of the business. Happy Drawing.
If you want more information on how at hold an Intuitive Team Motivation session please contact our guest blogger Susan Jane through email info@Intuitive-Nature.com or check the website at www.Intuitve-Nature.com
This has been brought to you by Intuitive Nature for the Personal Growth Expo.
What do you focus on in your business, the Big Picture or the Details?
It is a problem we all seem to face sometime through our career or even life. What do I focus on the Big Picture or the Details? The goal and where we want to go or the details and how to get there.
If you concentrate too much on the Big Picture it tends to grow bigger and bigger and can often become overwhelming. On the other hand if we focus too much on the details we can become so engrossed at what we are doing that we lose track of the end goal.
So what do you focus on the goal or the tasks to get to the goal?
Of course we need to do both but I didn’t realise the importance of this until I put together the inaugural Personal Growth Expo. It was held on the Gold Coast in November 2017 and was quite successful as a first time exhibition. I put a lot of that down to the wonderful committee members that gathered regularly to discuss our goals and tasks for the expo.
What started as a one off expo on the Gold Coast soon blossomed to several expos in South East Queensland, Northern New South Wales before resting temporally with all of Australia! The Big Picture got bigger and bigger and I was seated in the front holding on for dear life. It was like a roller coaster ride, so exhilarating and yet so scary at times, but I loved it.
Naturally as the Big Picture got bigger the Tasks grew enormous in comparison. Basic tasks became more involved to incorporate the expansion and they needed to be mastered and taken forward. It was a mammoth task and keeping our eye on the end goal got harder and harder but we continued. Consequently some of the tasks were not being performed as well as they should have been and some just didn’t get done at all, as we focused on the Big Picture.
The marketing was one area that lacked traction and attention to detail but still we pushed on. Limited funds meant more hands on work and occasionally the goal blurred into the distance but it was still within reach. Eventually the day came for the expo and it was deemed a success by the exhibitors and attendees. Yes we wanted more attendees but with 41 exhibitors, just under 200 people was average for a first time expo.
This year it will be different.
Because we did focus on the Big Picture last year it has given us very strong direction and understandings of where we want to go and when we feel we can get there. We had intended on doing two more expos this year one on the Sunshine Coast and one West of Brisbane but they have been postponed. Concentrating on the Big Picture showed us what we needed to do to create the best expo we could before going anywhere else. It has highlighted the importance now of getting the details right in order to grow towards our potential.
So this year our focus is on the details.
We now have a very clear picture of what we want the expo to look like, in fact it is so clear that we do not need to focus on it at all. It is permanently etched into our minds and yet has the ability to change and grow as the details develop.
Every thought, idea or action task automatically relates back to the Big Picture so we are free to really break down the details and polish them up. Last year’s expo was all about the Big Picture and this year it is all about the details and tasks needed to make it even better.
Focusing on the Big Picture is a must but you need to make time for the details to be completed. Focusing on the details is also important but not at the expense of the Big Picture. Having a team working together like we did with the Personal Growth Expo allows the opportunity to do both. This year’s Personal Growth Expo will be bigger and better just because of this understanding and we are really looking forward to it.
So remember the Big Picture can get bigger when the details create the opportunity to expand.
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