Guess what? I’ll be speaking at a business conference this September in Brisbane, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s The Artful Business Conference, especially for creatives wanting to start, develop and grow their business. Elle Roberts from Studio Exsto has organised a fantastic line up of local and international speakers covering a broad range of topics from Visual Marketing and Community Building to Trademarks & Copyright. – Here is an overview of the program.
I’ll be speaking on defining and redefining success, and how to deal with the challenges we face as creatives, especially the expectations we put on ourselves. It’s a topic I’m quite passionate about, even though I don’t really talk about it on the blog, maybe you’ll hear more about it as I organise my thoughts.
But that’s not all, on Day 2 I’ll be running a workshop based on my e-book The Craft of Markets, covering practical aspects of running a craft/design market stall and how getting face to face with your customers can help improve your business.
This will be my first public speaking gig where I’m on a stage all by myself so I’m a little nervous about that part, although those of you that have met me in real life know that I’m a bit of a chatterbox, so once I get going I should be ok. I think it’s really important to try doing things out of your comfort zone, so a keynote speech will be like jumping in the deep end for me.
When Elle approached me to speak I asked her Why? Sure I give everyone I know lots of advice (whether they want it or not – yes I’m ‘that’ person), but getting up on stage and portraying myself as an ‘expert’ in anything was hard for me to be comfortable with. Elle was really interested in my creative business journey, and especially how I’ve faced and dealt with challenges along the way, so I’ll be telling some of my story as part of my talk, asking lots of questions, just like the ones I’ve asked myself through the years.
So if you can get yourself to Brisbane this September, I’d highly recommended attending this 2 day event. Earlybird tickets are now on sale, and virtual tickets will be available for those that can’t make it to Queensland. I’ve never been to Brisbane, so I’m quite excited about visiting.
And finally here is Elle’s interview with me about some of the topics I’ll be expanding on at the conference. (Please ignore all the ‘You know’s', at least it’s not all ‘Umms’)