Engage!11 Conference : Cayman Islands
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Last Tuesday I had the immense honor of presenting at Engage!11 Conference in the Cayman Islands. I attended this conference for the first time last year and I walked away with a deeper appreciation for the wedding industry. This conference caters to wedding coordinators/designers, so when I was asked to speak, I wondered if I'd be able to connect in an impactful way. And, no, impactful isn't a word, but I use it all the time because I love it!
Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce--our gracious hosts--opened the doors to the Ritz Carlton and every detail was impeccably set, every color coordinated, and every hair in place. Each day was filled with speakers and I have a notebook brimming with inspiration and new ideas.
By the time it was my turn to take the stage, I nearly doubled over with nerves...no, really, I could've kissed my knees. I'm usually nervous before I speak, but standing in front of such an incredible group of people, I almost lost my marbles. What am I?! 80 years old? Who says that?! Anyway, I took a few deep breaths and started...then laughed my way through my presentation...
Just kidding. I tried to form coherent thoughts and deliver a speech on How to Build a Personal Brand...I've aimed to do this with my wedding photography, but the idea applies to almost any business.
Later that day everyone boarded a catamaran and sailed through the Cayman Islands. This was, by far, one of the most memorable experiences and will be a highlight of the year. I was incredibly thankful to sit back and reflect on the the past eleven months. I sat by myself for a bit and tried to memorize everything, if only for the briefest of moments.
We docked in Rum Bay (don't worry, mom, I drank the non-alcoholic rum!) and I was taken with the island beauty...
I'm incredibly thankful to Rebecca and Kathryn for their generous invitation...and their faith in me. I feel so blessed to have them as allies and friends.