I just came home from a 2-day Beyond P!nk conference over at Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. I have so much to say about this incredible event. If you don’t care too much, then just get this: YOU HAVE TO COME NEXT YEAR (given you’re a girl :P). Alright, so I’ll talk about my experiences and what I got out of it and hopefully you, somewhere, someone out there, will care and actually be inspired to come to such event next year. 🙂 I actually didn’t know ANYTHING about Beyond Pink until about two weeks ago. I’ve been to their website perhaps about 1-2 months ago but never really looked into what they do.
However, two weeks ago, miss Janey Chiu changed her profile picture on facebook to this Beyond Pink poster. At first I didn’t pay much attention to it, but the next day I saw the BP banner on 24hrs newspaper. I was like “wow, this must be a sign that I should go.” and hell yeah, I’m so glad I listened to my own intuition. I’ve been LOOKING FORWARD to this weekend for that two weeks. While I was busy at school, this is the one thing that I kept looking forward to. How often does this kind of event come up in VANCOUVER? Maybe a lot, but this was certainly one big one for me after TEDxVancouver (which was AWESOMEEE) last November. The night before has finally came and I was really getting ready and packing away what I want to wear etc.
The next morning, I took care of Julian (my nephew, will introduce you guys to him soon thru some pics. He’s ADORABLE!) but took a good 1.5hrs just to get ready. I really didn’t know what to wear. Hello, I’m from design! I don’t wear work pants! I asked my sister, Trixie, and yep, not surprisingly enough, she said business casual means work pants (or skirt, but it’s so cold outside!) and shirt. Oh man! Don’t like both of them! Ugh. I ended up wearing them anyways because yeah, it’s cold outside and I don’t want to look too casual.
I brought my cheery yellow skirt from Zara though, just in case everyone looks uber hip. I got there at around 12:55 (registration starts at 12:30 til 1:30) and my friends were late. I was starting to panic too because EVERYBODY was wearing fancy tanks with/or skirts with tights. I changed quickly to my yellow skirt and realized NOBODY else is wearing colour. Silly me, it’s winter, d’uh! So I changed back again to my pants but still feeling uncomfortable wearing them. You know what I did then? Yep, I ran to H&M next door and just quickly got a black skirt (oh it’s cute too, thank goodness I can find one cute skirt in 5 minutes and under $40! great finding isn’t it!) while I wait for Janey, Ariel, and Winnie to come. While I was waiting (and finally wearing the “right” attire), I signed up for the workshops that will be happening on both days. We got to choose 2 out of 4 workshops each day and it was pretty tough to choose them because they just all seem really good. However, I just looked at the descriptions and organizations they work in or founded, and narrowed down my options to the four I am going to talk about below.
When they finally came, it was time for the opening ceremony with a GREAT and super INSPIRING keynote speaker, Michelle Rupp of ???Lighthouse Leadership???. She was totally rocking her age. Not sure about how old she is, but pretty sure she’s above 40 years old yet she looks amazing. I want her bod. And brain. And courage. Here are a couple of keypoints that I got from her:
– A brand is a revolutionary process
– Be self-aware to evaluate yourself as a way to know your core values and how to use them to your advantage.
– Failures teach you more than success does.
– Listen to all kinds of feedback. Don’t be selective and don’t deceit yourself.
– Find the nugget of the point. Not the colour nor the gender. Be assertive. Listen. Speak to the point, not to how that point was told.
– You are not your handbag and think about what am I most proud of instead. I thought that was a really strong start you know. Yes, a brand is definitely a revolutionary process, it’s not something that’ll forever be static. You changed and so your brand should suit that too. Huh.
Next was the workshops that we individually have selected. I got to see ???Heather White , a Ghost CEO (?). I have to find out more about this whole ghost CEO thing. I t sounds very intriguing though I must say! Wouldn’t you agree? She was REALLY good. Like, really good! I didn’t know what to expect out of a session before and man oh mannn! She was good! Some of the things she covered: – Brand is the conversation people have about you when you are not in the room.
– Forget about the rules that does not serve you. – Change your rules to change your life. – Take conscious actions and take 100% control of your life.
– Being negative is like you are in a prison you don’t even know you’re in.
– Doesn’t matter about what happened to you but what matter is your action in compensation for it.
– Don’t get caught up in your negative qualities. Everybody has them.
– It is not about making people wrong in order to be right. – Break the rules when they no longer serve you.
– Realize your boundaries with other people and let them know. – Better rules: – Don’t compare yourself to others, but instead compare yourself to your set goals.
– Don’t buy in to physical stereotype.
– Ask for what you want, not what you can get.
Yeah, often time I am so caught up with this notion of “I have to be X first, before I can be successful” etc. This kind of thing is so cliche and it’s so true and seems a little blunt, but I don’t get my reality check everyday. I am so caught up with everything that often time, I felt I kept looking forward to something and never really worked on anything that is NOW.
This was a nice segway to my next workshop with Ken Sim, co-founder of Nurse Next Door. Before I go on to the next workshop key points, I would like to take a break which exactly what we did yesterday. There was a little break between the two sections so everybody was just hanging out in the foyer area where there were some sandwiches, tea/coffee, and cookies. I found it a little odd that they serve you sandwiches at like 3 p.m. but I guess people were hungry so everybody was just downing them. There was one older lady too standing on the side that said “Yeah just have the sandwiches. Go help yourself. The coffee we have to pay per jug, but the sandwiches are not.” After 5 minutes of people crowding the sandwich bar, two of the hotel staff came around and seemed shocked. One of them quickly said “Oh no. The sandwiches are not for you guys.” HAHAHA. Oh nooo! They are not for BP; there was another conference in the other room starting at a different time and here we are, lovely ladies eating up their sandwiches. I don’t know what happened next because I was escorted to my next session with Ken. Just found it was quite entertaining :P.
There are many more hilarious incidents that happened that night and the next day more than I can write right now, but will definitely write more soon!