Back in the United States after a wonderful convention in the South Pacific!
I don’t love the long airplane rides, but I do love the time I spend with our demonstrators. This convention we upped our game a bit. There were several new additions that made this event better and more memorable than past conventions, and since we have a goal to improve and “better our best,” I was thrilled to see that happen at this event.
Much of the credit goes to our staff in the South Pacific office; they planned much of the convention agenda, and we all worked together to make it happen. I was very proud of all our staff there—we were small in numbers, and we all worked extremely hard to create an amazing event for our demonstrators.
The event started on Thursday with an early VIP check-in for our leaders. Because we had optional leader classes that morning, our leaders got to check-in early, as well as visit the Memento Mall before the rest of the crowd. It was fun to provide our leaders with that extra recognition.
Regular check-in began Thursday morning, and then Thursday afternoon we had our opening general session. Friday and Saturday we had more general sessions, Make & Takes, and classes.
The general sessions included great stamping demonstrations, inspiring Workshop Wows, and other pertinent presentations (Aaron’s state of Stampin’ Up!, etc.). Classes were taught by both demonstrators and staff members, and were outstanding!
Some new convention features included our Demonstrator Resource Center, which included a product playground where demonstrators enjoyed valuable hands-on time with new product and a career plan booth where they met with a career plan expert to create a customized career plan for their individual goals.
We also had two outstanding guest speakers: a representative from the DSAA (Direct Sales Association of Australia), which we are a proud member of; and a fascinating speaker who shared relevant insight into a group of people (creative women ages 25-35) that we are hoping to reach out to more successfully.
Thursday night was our Managers’ Reception, a memorable opportunity to tour the Parliament House, as well as chat and network with our managers and above. During that activity, I shared some thoughts and perspectives about the company, we had an informal Q&A session, and enjoyed the chance to spend some great time together.
We ended the convention with our annual Awards Night, which included a delicious banquet dinner and then an evening spent honoring some of our highest achieving demonstrators. Demonstrators were recognized on stage for achievements in sales, recruiting, and leadership, as well as time spent with the company. We also recognized top demonstrators and Rising Stars and our Heart of Stampin’ Up! winner (a demonstrator who exemplifies our Statement of the Heart).
Ending the convention with that particular activity was wonderful—I love the opportunity to thank and recognize our hardworking demonstrators, and that is the total focus of Awards Night.
Now we’re all heading back to the post-convention world . . . confident that we did our best to provide our demonstrators with an exceptional experience and already looking forward to what’s next. That’s the great thing about Stampin’ Up!—there’s always something exciting and fun as we continue to move forward!
I have some catch-up work to do (you all know how that goes, when you leave town for a few days), but I’m taking it with me on our annual Lake Powell family vacation. That means I probably won’t blog for a few days; Internet access on the lake is unlikely. I am looking forward to getting caught up on my sleep, caught up on some work, and spending a rare but wonderful few days surrounded by family!