12 April 2011
Networking, Learning, Opportunities
Wow, wow wow, what an exciting past few days. I am buzzing, so much info in my head. The ERTF Conference in Cambridge on Saturday was brilliant. Stacey had so much information to impart, in fact more than could be fitted into the sessions. Do you ever feel life is nudging you somewhere but without knowing where or what or how? The Business Development workshop was about formal business plans, the why, the who, the money, the grants. Four weeks to the day later...the conference included a section on you yourself what you want from your life/art. Again exercises to specifically make you think, perhaps to realise your dreams. But it struck me, both of these days emphasized the need for doing the exercise on a regular basis, if only for your own benefit. Planning sounds scary... but then drifting along can also be scary... I can now reveal the news I tempted you with in the last posting... I am the the new ERTF Web Manager. As a voluntary organisation, always looking for the Members to step up and help - I felt I could do this task, so would put back into the group. Especially after a good conference like Sat, it feels wrong just to sit back and take - its other efforts which made the day so enjoyable, and I do appreciate that. So yesterday it was back up to Cambridgeshire for a committee meeting. Not been on the M11 in nearly 2 years, and then twice in 3 days!!! And, again what Stacey said, about networking and being in touch with others, opportunities come your way, may be not immediately, but the contact is there, and things can happen. And this is what I've found, an opportunity has come my way, needs more info and serious consideration - but I'm just thrilled to be approached, let alone more!!! It could push me in a totally new direction. This has worked recently too for Juliet, revealed in a conversation we had travelling together on Sat ,hopefully she will share that on her blog. So perhaps its less who you know and what you know - and more of joining in, making an effort, showing an interest.