What a Difference a Year Can Make

Last October, Maggie flew out for our now annual planning tradition, and we tossed around the idea of using a fiscal year of October – September rather than the calendar year.

It’s a little silly, but Maggie joined me in October 2013, and it was such a momentous shift in my thinking about what my business could become that it felt right to honor that moment by creating our own calendar.

Ultimately, we discarded this as a fun idea that isn’t so great in practice. The accounting software I use generates useful reports based on the traditional calendar year, and with tax filings and all that, practicality and ease won out.

But I still can’t shake the feeling that our year actually started in October.

And by that measure, we’re already having the best year ever. That’s why, to kick off the “real” new year, I’d love to share the first piece of good news with you.

One of the things that has long been on my business bucket list is doing more public speaking and live workshops. Over the years, the lack of a speaking schedule has become something of a sore spot, because it’s a cobbler’s daughter has no shoes situation. I have a ton of professional experience lining up speaking opportunities for other people, but I never make the time to pitch myself.

At the same time, I’ve been doing a lot of relationship building. It’s this relationship building that ultimately lead to a situation where I am entering 2015 with not one but two big appearances scheduled early this year.

I’m going to be talking a lot more about one of them next week, because the opportunity is bringing with it a challenge I am sure you can relate to. Stay tuned — I don’t think you’ll want to miss it.

But there’s another event in that I do want to share with you now.

I’m speaking at The Instigator Experience in April. I’m especially excited, because Instigator is a dream conference:

It’s an intimate event, capped at 60 attendees. Srinivas Rao, the mastermind behind the event, is devoted to generating a lot of opportunities for speakers and attendees to interact. I’m a person that feels more comfortable making direct connections, so I can’t imagine a better setup for my first big talk as the founder of my agency.

The theme of the event, Igniting a Movement, is close to my heart and aligned with the purpose driving my agency. I also think an event like this, which brings together a small and dedicated group of speakers and attendees is essential to creating a support system that enables those brave, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, change makers and instigators to break through the barriers and launch their visions into reality.

I am personally excited about the other speakers. Some, like Jadah Sellner of Simple Green Smoothies, I’ve seen speak before, and I’ve been blown away. Others, like Christina Rasmussen, are addressing topics that I can’t wait to hear.

I’d love for you to join us as one of the 60 attendees, because it’s such an intimate event. I’ll be talking about Harnessing the Media to Move Hearts and Minds, and it’d be awesome to see your face from the stage.

Applications are open now, and you can click here to learn a lot more about The Instigator Experience. If you’ll be there, I’d love to hear from you beforehand, so we can be sure to carve out time for one another.

P.S. What I’m doing in this post, celebrating a big win with you, is something I intend to do a lot more of in 2015. Sharing our successes is tremendously important, and it’s my opinion that we, as business builders, don’t do enough of it. Can you think of an opportunity to celebrate with your own community?