Where do business mentors get inspiration? Her Business Conference Wellington

June 30, 2011Post by Laura Humphreys

I’m shattered after two days at the Her Business Conference in Wellington over the past 2 days.  Partly due to the extra wine or two consumed at the Awards night last night (well done to Cilla Heggarty who took out the big title of Business Woman of the Year) and partly because I found myself fully engaged and brimming with ideas.  There were some very inspirational speakers, all high quality presenters as well as successful business people.  I thought I’d share some gems  I brought away with me.  Most support my fundamental business philosophies and the lessons I teach in liber8yourbusiness, but so good to hear them from business people I really respect.

Avoid the in tray trap – there’s always something important to do to stop you doing what you really ought to be doing to acheive your dreams.  In my case its writing my book on business planning… so I have now committed to getting a manuscript to 10 publishers by the end of September this year.

Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?  A favourite saying of Tim Alpe of Jucy Rentals.  What a cool guy and what a cool business, completely brand driven committed to ‘next generation tourism’.  Now employing 150 staff with rental cars/campervans/hotels and tourist attractions across NZ and Australia, this company is ‘jucyfying’ the world with an infections attitude you really do want to catch.

Celebrate entrepreneurship – its what’s going to take NZ to a respectible spot on the world business stage so we need to embrace it, love it, cherish it and dedicate our time to growing our sense of entrepreneurship.

Collaborate and co-operate.  Business paradigms are different these days.  Get together with others in complimentary industries and do deals that benefit you both.

Care about your environment and your community.  Make your business make a difference.

In a nutshell… have an infections attitude, build an infectious brand,  don’t let the intray get in your way of making the big steps, care about the world around you and make sure your business contributes to that world.  Celebrate your entrepreneurial spirit and share your celebratory approach with all those who touch your business .

Oh and use Facebook.  A lot.

Time for bed.