on 25-06-2018 08:56 AM
Hi Voom Pioneers,
I wanted to ask a question about attending business summit/marketing events.
My business UREV is pre startup and I’m still putting together a business plan/model.
I am thinking of attending an industry summit in the next couple of weeks and wondered if I should attend?
There are a lot of ‘big business’ and industry leaders attending which may present some real opportunities. Would anyone recommend attending or would this be ‘running before I can walk?’
Thanks in advance,
on 25-06-2018 10:27 AM
It sounds like a good place to do background research, and if you secure work from it that is good for endorsing your business idea - however be realistic, don't promise something you can't deliver as this could prevent your business from getting off the ground. I'd recommend using this as a networking opportunity, building your business foundations.
Remember to follow up on each and every contact you make, even just a linkedin or call to say 'good to meet you, lets catch up in a month or so to discuss potential opportunities'.
on 25-06-2018 10:36 AM
Thank you @PlanningHouse. This is what I was hoping for but wasn’t sure how a pre startup would be received. It is a costly event to attend but one I think would be beneficial to me and the business.
on 25-06-2018 10:39 AM
Grab every opportunity you can within reason. I started my business in 2016 and on a very tight budget. There's an article on here which may help you move the business forward 500+ free tools to help your start up in 2017
25-06-2018 11:03 PM - edited 25-06-2018 11:04 PM
@AdeHartland Yes, attend! There are always opportunities when we step out and ask questions.
Also, what we believe can help or limit us. If you set yourself up to ask questions, not just about success but about the challenges and failures too, you'll gain great insights.
Here's an article that you'll be sure to find useful and to prepare you:
The first major summit I attended, at Heathrow (in 2010), not only enabled me to appreciate the degrees of corporate and social responsibility (within 'big' business), it also enabled connection with a fellow-attendee for whom I've produced illustration work.
We don't realy know how much opportunity there is until we step out and explore
MaKing Murals / BNC GIFTS ®
on 26-06-2018 09:01 AM
Thank you @Isa-Wes for this great and inspirational advice. I guess all that’s holding me back is the fear of rubbing shoulders with big companies but the general advice seems to be ‘give it a go’
on 26-06-2018 10:12 AM
@AdeHartland The metaphor ''standing on the shoulders of giants' is apt, I learned of it via Tony Robbins although it was coined by Isaac Newton. It relates to building on the insights of others.
Are you on LinkedIn? There are great articles to read and contribute to there.
You mentioned 'business model' and it was through articles (by Dr. Rod King) on LinkedIn that I gained insights and designed my non-linear model, which developed from my need to consider complexity in the 4Q's (what, how, who and most important why).
In addition, join your local chamber of commerce (if you haven't already)
MaKing Murals / BNC GIFTS ®