With all the stuff that's happening right now locally, I made the decision to shift most of our events online for now! Especially that we don't know how the next weeks, months will evolve. We just simply cannot plan as there can be last minute surprises (and headaches) popping up...
Physical isolation is now a big thing. But it doesn't mean you have to feel alone. It doesn't mean you cannot connect and feel supported, nourished and enjoy being in the company of people with who you lift each other up.
It also means you can attract people to you. You can attract new customers, prospects. You can support your clients. You can do business and grow your business.
Here is what I learned and how I adapted to change, and here is how you might be able to, too.
Making the call to shift all things B!Social online seemed to be first hard, and now it feels the most perfect decision I could ever do. I am happy I listened to my heart.
Especially after having spoken to many of you, and other people who are organising events, this felt like the right thing.
I am a very in-person person as you know :)
When all this craze started 2 years ago, it was hard for me to imagine how to re-create the same experience and atmosphere in an online space. Even though I had all the technical tools and knowledge, and I've seen many good examples of online events before, I didn't feel this was something I would really enjoy and facilitate myself.
Also, many people were not ready for online at that time. Lots I know of needed to get up to speed with all the tech first, learn how to turn on a camera on Zoom, mute, unmute, get used to looking at their own face for a longer time, and get used to meetings online.
I didn't give up. When the situation allowed, I still planned for in-person events. Reduced the numbers, took precautions. I also had to reorganise, postpone and restructure many many events over the last 2 years. Because a last minute lockdown or a restriction came up that was not depending on me.
Flexibility and being able to adapt came very handy, despite some hard moments, and in a magical way, all of you who were involved could get on the wave easily and we rode it together.
I also had the great opportunity to learn a lot from these years. I attended many many events online, local, international. Picked up some amazing tips and skills from the best in the industry, and through practicing and iterating myself, running countless workshops, online trainings and events myself, and working on my own limiting beliefs, I have now no blockages running an online event and enjoying it to the max!
I see how I shifted my beliefs and limitations from
"oh no, an online event is way less enjoyable and it's hard to connect and engage without being in the same space"
to "wow, I can do all these cool stuff online and create business relations and partnerships that are so grounded by connection, and thanks to these tools we have at our fingertips".
I think you all feel it if you attend an event with me, and it is beautiful to share these spaces with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
So even though physical isolation is a thing in our times at this stage of our life, and many of you are cautious now where you go, who you hang out with, and trying to minimise risks so you can get on with your business and life with the least disruptions, it doesn't mean you have to feel alone and miss out.
Even though you cannot see and meet your clients, your prospects in person, or with limitations, even though you cannot network as much as you could and expand your connections like before at real live events, because events are being cancelled, or organisers are cautious to take a risk, it doesn't mean you cannot create your own opportunities and build your community, your network, your connection with the people that matter to you. Yes, online, too.
Let it be in business, or even on a personal level.
Social media is a fantastic example and can be one of your best tools to make it happen.
Hang on there friends. I am seeing many parts of the world are opening up step by step. I am hopeful it will come soon to us, too. For now, hang in there, and know that you have options.
More than ever I feel that a solid support, a place where you can go to to nurture yourself, connect with others, share, even laugh, or cry, and be real with all what is going on now, is needed and welcomed more than ever.
More than ever I hear the call to put my skills into this and facilitate this process. More than ever, I am excited to see how everything is shaping up and where our journey is taking us together.
If you are called to connect, and as a bonus, get a social media related question answered, and see how you can use these cool tools to connect with your people, I would love to see you next week!
The photo I shared is going down memory lane from our last in-person Monthly Social.
This time, we will meet in a Zoom room, you can bring your own beautiful cuppas and I will make sure we fill them together with answers, good vibes, and lots of fun :)
Would you like to know how it feels like to feel connected, supported, be surrounded by people who lift you up?
Would you like to know how it feels like to be given the right answers that serve you best in these times?
If so, say yes 😍
Monthly Social is waiting for you!
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Hi, I'm Bea!