On this week’s episode of Meeting Minds we chat with Deanna Nwosu, professional Event Strategist and Event Emcee. We discuss how to grow and maintain an entrepreneurial mindset, how to stay focused on your goals, and ways to be create the event career you truly want. Make sure you tune in to this great episode!
Wendee Lee Curtis, event host and emcee, joins the show this week to talk about bringing ENERGY to your next event! With a background spreading from Broadway to live broadcasting, Wendee is an expert in ‘playing to the back of the house.’ We discuss ways to support your audience in a difficult year, and even break into song ( a couple of times!) Plus, we discuss equity and inclusion initiatives in the events world, and what’s being left on the table when your organization lacks inclusive representation. Make sure you check out this joy-filled episode of Meeting Minds!
Can people share and be vulnerable digitally? This week on Meeting Minds we welcome Josh Hotsenpiller, founder and CEO of Juno, a digital event platform. Josh talks about prioritizing human connection in virtual and hybrid events, and tries to answer this question. Plus, we talk about building connection online, and what you can do to facilitate this ways of connection at your next virtual or hybrid event. Listen to this fascinating episode of Meeting Minds!
Did you know that event planners have the fifth-most stressful job in the country? If you can relate to that, make sure you listen to this week’s episode featuring keynote speaker, Rich Bracken. He explains how you can leverage EQ to promote personal and professional happiness.
Kick off the new year with some wisdom! This week, event speaker Courtney Stanley joins the podcast to talk about growth in a difficult year, building confidence, and 2020 as the year of hindsight. Make sure you check it out!
What is your background?
I have been in the industry for a decade now. I stepped in with intention. I interned at the Country Music Association and helped with the CMA awards but long story short I worked as a corporate event planner, worked for an event tech, and most recently worked for political org based in Michigan that works to pass laws that protect environment and public health. But, in 2020 I took the leap to be a full-time public speaker.
What are helpful transition strategies you’ve used in this year?
I started out this year and I felt pretty good, there was good cash flow. I was obviously stressed, and having fear of the unknown. And in March literally 80% of my contracts cancelled. I was annoyed with myself that I had chosen this time to start my venture, and it took a lot of work to reconfigure what my year would look like. I needed to go back to the ‘why’ of when I went off on my own. I needed to get back to the heart of my launchpad and what I was basing my business on – which was creating meaningful content and starting meaningful conversations. And to help people seize silver linings. The strategy that really worked for me was to just connect with people. Over the off months I just built my brand and come August my schedule blew up. It can work to pivot and I can’t imagine what 2021 is going to be like.
What advice to you have for those that didn’t have a strong financial and professional year?
First, it is not unusual to find yourself in a place of unemployment and there is a stigma around losing your job. It is difficult and makes you question your value and makes you question your career but my advice is this all happens for a reason and although its cheesy its true. There is a lesson to be learned. So, my best advice is to focus on yourself and learn a lesson and focus on your skills and think about tings you wanna grow into. This is an opportunity This year wasn’t fun but there were so many lessons along the way. 2020 is the year of hindsight.
What are ways people can affirm their worth in limited circumstances?
There are things you can do to root yourself in your sense of worth. I do career and confidence coaching and some of the exercises help you identity your core drives, what are you most afraid of and what do you most seek. The first step in building your confidence is knowing who you are. Confidence is presenting who you are to the world. I also use the “High-five” assessment, telling you your strengths and showing you how these five things make you unique and puts words to your strengths. After doing these the real work starts and making sure you hit pause when you hear your inner-critic and feel you have imposter-syndrom. Also, making sure your circle and the people you surround yourself with are positive influences.
Final words of motivation for listeners?
I would tell listeners to consider this a restart. Our industry is going to make a massive comeback in Q2 or Q3 of this year. So, start making new goals and make this a new opportunity to grow and level-up in ways you wouldn’t have otherwise. Turn a setback into a comeback.