There were so many wonderful speakers, we couldn't hit everything, but here are some valuable takeaways that might help push you in the right direction for your business or endeavor. You can still see some of the tweets with hashtag #WISE2015.
- The federal government has a 5% goal of contracting with women and hasn't reached that goal yet. Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration encouraged attendees to get certified for government contracting.
- A vision board can become something you walk by and don't interact enough with - Jamila Payne suggests you try a vision journal that you carry with you. Tape in pictures that speak to the areas of life you want to address.
- Think about what you can or should do yourself (where the most value comes from you being personally involved), what you can delegate (what is taking you away from the things that will most help you achieve your goals), and what you can delete (things that no longer help you reach the specific goal you are trying to achieve).
- Email is everyone else's to-do list for you. Take the first hour of every day, don't look at email, and work on your business, not in it.
- Reflective time management, a concept from Joanne DelBalso: Knowing exactly what you spend your time on can help you manage your day. For a few few weeks, track your time spent on the various activities you do and categorize them into six life centers: body (physical goals - health, wellness), brain (intellectual goals, things that stimulate your brain), being (spiritual goals, "me time"), time (organizational goals), people (nurturing those people most important to you, friends and family), and money (financial goals). When you see where your time goes, you are able to take actions to correct where time isn't being spent on the right things to reach your goals. @nofussacctng
- Joanne recommends a 'brain dump' at night: write down everything that's on your mind before bed; in the morning organize into action items or schedule appropriate meetings into your calendar.
- An excuse is a declaration to yourself that the fulfillment of your desires isn't enough of a priority for you to do what is required.
Tough love from Kelly Covert and Maggie Quinn. @SBWHeart
- Shift your perception: are you looking at what is right or what is wrong? Most people are trained to look at the negative, and that allows you to leave options out.
- Three reasons it's hard to make a decision: you're not equipped, you're not empowered, or you're not connected.
Productivity expert Nikita Devereaux @nikitadevereaux
- You're a leader by providing opportunities for others to do good, and achieve what they never thought they could.
From the acceptance speech of Carmen Gendebien owner of Glow Spa and winner of the Key4Women Achievement award winner
- "We overestimate what we can do in short amount of time, but underestimate what we can do over long period of time." Words by Gretchen Rubin, shared by afternoon keynote speaker Tory Johnson. @toryjohnson
- "Even if the best thing that happened today was that an email to a potential contact didn't come back undelivered, celebrate that. Focus on what you can be grateful for." @toryjohnson