So, the Disney on the road event covered so much that I thought it best to share my experience in two parts. In case you missed the first part, the experience, you can read it here.
This part is about what I learned, my takeaways, from the speakers. Truly, these inspiring women gave us solid nuggets of wisdom to help all of us in the room to go to the next level. While I could list all the nuggets that I received, I think that I will just share a couple or three of them from each person who spoke that really stuck with me.
Jennifer Labit, our keynote speaker for the event and the creator of Cotton Babies, Bum Genius, and EconoBum, really allowed us to see what her journey to being a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman looked like from the start to the present. As she stated:
“At first was just food for my family…now its food for hundreds of families.”
She created her businesses out of a need of her husband and her newborn child to move off of government assistance and on to generating income fro her family and blessing others. She not only is the CEO of 3 companies she created, but she also runs a cloth diaper bank, Share the Love, which helps other families to not have to make the choice between having diapers for their child or eating that week.
Here is what she taught me:
– You can’t be influenced by the noise of all that others are doing; can’t be an echo of what it is you see. Be original and run with it!
– Failure is a great part of the success of a thing!
Conference host Maria Bailey led the “Mompreneur” panel, and she shared a couple of things that stuck with me as well:
– Charge what you think you are worth. Do a time audit and assign a corresponding monetary value to your time…an hourly rate.
– when talking with your kids, look them in the whites of their eyes. Let them know that you are listening intently and intentionally to them.
From The Mompreneur panel, I gleaned the following:
– Anastasia Dellaccio: take a risk!
– Fred Irwin – take an assessment: what do you want your life to look like?
– Cristina Daves: Have a passion and keep plugging away!
And Walt Disney World’s Michelle Stepney closed us out with important information on how to handle ourselves during an interview:
– Reporters are looking for great info and good sound bites
– Stop talking when your message is delivered
– Build on relationships
– You only owe the reporter a response, not an answer
– Stick with your expertise
– Be confident in representing your brand
I so appreciate the opportunity to hear and learn from ladies of this caliber who are making things happen. I am so encouraged to be original, to be ME, and run with what God has gifted me to do!
Run your lane, ladies,