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Over the couple of months, I have attended, spoken at and hosted more than my fair share of scale-up focused roundtables, conferences and networking events across Bristol, Bath and London. The more I attend, the more I realise that my expectations of events are pretty high, I guess that’s what comes of a career spent designing and running projects and activities that are intended to meet specific objectives both for the organisers and for the participants.
I am a big advocate of the power of reflection, a seed which was planted when I first trained to be a secondary science teacher back in 2003. Since then, I learnt about the forgetting curve which discusses the speed of memory loss, and heard that we lose 90% of what we learn (whether at a conference or training) in just one week – unless we reflect and apply it. And more recently, I have enjoyed this great article which shows that those telephone salespeople who worked for 15 mins less than their peers but spent that time reflecting and sharing their reflections with others, had a 25% uplift in their sales.
So here I am, sharing my reflections and observations on the things that I think are crucial for a good event formula:
If you’re joining me at events in the coming weeks and months, feel free to share your feedback (preferably in a quiet corner or afterwards). I will be trying some innovative and creative ideas, which may or may not work – but all will have an objective in mind!
Daniel Isenberg, Harvard Business Review
This blog series tells the story of the Scale-up Enabler, Briony Phillips. Briony joined the Engine Shed team on a 1 year contract in June 2017 funded by Business West, Engine Shed, The University of Bristol and the West of England Growth Hub. This group have a shared ambition – first, to identify scale-up businesses in the West of England region and to better understand their challenges and second, to design, facilitate and support initiatives that will make it easier for businesses to scale-up more effectively – in the long term.
Links and information are correct as of September 2017.
Briony – Scale-up Enabler