Engage! 12 • The Practical – breaking down success 1 step at a time

Liene Stevens was one of my favorite speakers at Engage. (She even used one of my Instagrams in her blogpost! Thanks, Liene!) She has completed crazy amounts of research on Millenials (people ages 12-33 :born 1979-2000) and how they relate to the wedding industry. I was completely fascinated by her talk! My favorite practical advice she gave:

– Millennials want authenticity. Don’t try to fake anything; they’ll see right through you.
– Creativity is their #1 trait.
– Millennials make up 83% of the wedding market today, so it’s important to know what makes them tick!
– They love to share success with others, not hoard it for themselves.
– Millennials are not interested as much in money, but they are more invested in quality of life, additional vacation days, and benefits.

As a Millennial myself, I completely agreed with everything she said. One of my goals for 2013 is to read as much of her research as I possibly can get my hands on.

Enjoy the Day 2 Recap video below! (And look for the back of me during the Yoga footage!)

engage!12 | Day 2 | The Breakers from I Do Films on Vimeo.

I am a big fan of practical advice. I know that might sound silly, but I truly appreciate it when someone breaks something down to bite sized pieces, helping me understand the basics. I love it when I am motivated to dream big, to set goals, and to get an overall picture of my business, but when Cindy Novatney asked each of us to write down our Revenue goal for 2013, I really had to stop and think. I had to get practical with numbers. When she asked us to divide that by 12, and see what our monthly income would have to be to achieve that goal, I was thinking about my business in a whole new way.

Finally, Tara Guerard, gave some amazing practical advice that I soaked up like a sponge. I look up to this woman in many ways, and I adore her attitute towards life. “You want something? It’s easy! Just go do it!” She is incredibly inspiring.

1. Figure out my budget for the entire year before the year begins, in detail.
2. Make a plan.
3. Reinvest in yourself.
4. Build a team of people that are good people.
5. Do the right thing. Be Loyal. Pay your bills. Be on time.
6. Own it. Own who you are.
7. Save your money – it will open doors for opportunity in the future.
8. Always, always, always want to be different.

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