I seriously don’t know whether I’m coming or going these days! For the past 2 months, I’ve been traveling like a maniac. And constant travel is like a suburban girl living in the city for a summer – at first it’s exciting and new, but after 2 months of eating takeout, it gets old fast. And by the way, this perfectly describes the summer of 2001 when I spent my summer in Manhattan. I think I was the only tenant who ever lived in that apartment that actually cranked up the stove.
But that’s another story for another day.
This second to last trip took me clear across the country to gorgeous – and I mean gorgeous - Laguna Nigel, California for the Mom 2.0 Summit. The weekend was just perfect and, even though the trip was long and I missed out on some awesome house guests back home, it was a lovely time and well-worth the trip.
Here are some of my highlights from the Summit:
I really think that blogging conferences have raised the bar when it comes to ‘conference food.’ Gone are the days of rubbery chicken and tasteless sauces – events like Mom 2.0 and, ahem, Blogalicious, make the dining aspect just as much part of the conference experience as the sessions. It also helps when food and beverage brands participate as sponsors. From Carvel (ice cream cupcakes!) to SeaPak to Jamba Juice to Starbucks Refreshers (their delightful suite, pictured above), we were treated to treats all weekend. I was partial to the ice cream cupcakes. But also noteworthy were the Smoked Swordfish Tacos from on-site restaurant, Raya. Maybe it was the insane views of the ocean, or maybe it was the crispy wonton taco shells (or maybe it was the cocktails I was sipping with Barbara), but those babies were mighty tasty, and definitely memorable.
Of all the events I’ve been traveling to these past weeks, I think that Mom 2.0 Summit was the easiest to pack for. The atmosphere is super laid back, beach-chic, if you will, and so the pressure is basically off. Flips flops are a-ok, and so are wedges. It’s all good. I threw in a maxi dress for Thursday, a flowy top, jeans and wedges for Friday and a sundress for Saturday. Done!
While I did hear mixed reviews about the content of the sessions, I felt like the content was right on time. Maybe I just picked all the right ones to attend! I learned so much that was specifically applicable to where I am right now. Some highlights for me were the Creative Collaborations: Building a Dream Team and Balancing Your Strengths session and the Raising Performance Levels: The Control Enthusiast’s Guide to Delegating…How to Clone Yourself and Other Good Advice session.
Some takeaways I plan on implementing from the Creative Collaborations session:
- Your corporate culture extends to your vendors, key stakeholders and community – make sure yours is tangible. Identify your core values and mission and share with your team.
- Identify what you can do exquisitely, and what you can (and should) delegate.
- Worry less about ‘hiring’ and focus more on identifying strategic partners who can help you achieve your goals.
And more from the Raising Performance Levels session:
- Consider writing a ‘person description; rather than a ‘job description.’ Finding the right person for your business will go much farther.
- When managing a virtual team, focus on a ROWE = a results-only work environment.
- Ask your team daily: “What can I do today to make your job, life, project better?”
And I have pages more!
What was also big fun was the session I co-presented with Ciaran, Wendi, and Julie called: 1000 Opportunities, 1000 Hats – The Power, Pitfalls and Perks of Being Multipassionate. We created a workshop designed to help those with many passions and interests identify their strongest passions, identify where they were spending the bulk of their time, consider what their motivating factors were for each, and grouping them in such a way that they were able to come away with an umbrella statement that would serve as their ‘elevator pitch’. And we did it all with popsicle sticks, gumdrops and cocktail umbrellas.
It was pretty awesome.
Oh there was much to love about the conference. The setting, obvs. My roomies, Elena and Amy, totally. Being amongst some of my best blogger friends, definitely. I also really enjoyed Dove’s ‘unstoppable girls’ message that permeated the event, as well as hearing heartfelt stories from Dennis Ogbe, Amber Doty, and Rebecca Wolfe.
Because, for me, while all the travel is cool and the perks lovely, the stories are what really stick.
Like the one about Roo photobombing me.