Women’s Dream Conference Takeaways

Women's Dream ConferenceFriday I was lucky to be able to attend the Women’s Dream Conference hosted by Andrea Metcalf at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue. What exactly IS the Women’s Dream Conference, you ask? Andrea herself describes it best,

“My vision was to create a women’s conference for business professionals, bloggers, aspiring career seekers, and those who needed a rejuvenating change to help them create their dream life. We can all use a little insight these days in getting ahead in business, understanding the impact and success of social media as well as developing our personal brands and health.”

Sam and Tori at conferenceMy friend Tori and I

While the conference had a focus on women entrepreneurs, the variety of panel discussions were filled with heartfelt advice any woman could apply to her life. I took notes throughout, jotting down phrases and tips that stood out to me and am happy to share them with you! I just hope I can read my handwriting…

From the Owning It panelists –

– Best advice on running your business (or career)

  • Never turn down a call or meeting, you never know where it will go.
  • Your job is:
    • Attention to detail
    • Follow-up
    • Enthusiasm
  • Don’t be afraid to be the outlier.
  • No one will sell your business like you will.
    • Be the main point of contact
    • Interact with consumers, callers, everyone
  • Keep your team small and tight.

– What to know before launching

  • Don’t try to do everything yourself all the time; delegate.
  • Don’t be afraid!! Have courage and be patient.
  • Look for networking opportunities and available resources for small business owners.
  • Pay attention to bad vibes and part ways immediately with those partners/contacts.
  • Any business can go global so be ready for anything.

From the Balancing Act panelists –

– Key advice for all women balancing work/family/social life

  • Keep your home happy by taking care of yourself first; have “me time” as a routine whether through yoga, exercise, morning coffee, etc.
  • Focus on having true moments. Engage with your family, not your phone.
  • Utilize your resources to maximize your time on your business and family
    • Laundry service
    • Slow cooker
    • Meal/grocery delivery
    • House cleaner

– Managing Stress

  • Exercise! Do something everyday.
  • Do something creative. Find what’s lacking that’s making you grouchy, what drives you, and do it everyday.
  • Gratitude. Write down 3-5 small (or big) things that you are grateful for EACH day for 2 weeks.
  • Don’t judge yourself on others’ criteria. (this was my favorite!)
  • Have social time; a workout class, coffee with friends, etc.
  • Approach life with bent knees 🙂
    • Think of riding the train or surfing; if your legs are locked you’ll fall, but with bent knees you can absorb the shifts.

From the To Your Health panelists – 

– Worst advice, better advice

  • It’s all numbers; input vs. output (calories in/calories out)
    • Instead: Strength train and eat quality foods
  • Spot reduction is possible
    • Instead: Clean your diet up and tone muscles with weights
  • Must workout for at least 30-60 minutes to count
    • Instead: Carve out whatever time you can and be OK with that!
  • Science-based nutrition, strict clean diet
    • Instead: Be in touch with how your food “vibes” with you! Are you truly enjoying it? Sit and enjoy your food!

– Live healthy strategies

  • Good posture will help everything.
  • Try this challenge:
    • For 7 days eat every meal from a plate, at a table
  • Wake up earlier than you have to and have time to savor the morning or try things you won’t have time for later.
  • Stop comparing yourself!!
  • Research what certain foods and exercises do to YOUR body. Because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you.
  • Honor both your “health nut” side and your “wild child” side”with each meal, it will help keep your whole self satisfied.

From the Confidence Inside and Out panelists – 

-One piece of beauty/style advice

  • Retinol and sunscreen everyday.
  • Use a good bronzer, no tanning!
  • Remove makeup EVERY night.
  • At least one good and fitted suit.
  • Perfect shawl  for both casual and black tie occasions.
  • Simple red dress, forget black!

There you have it! This advice can be applied to whatever your current situation, to help craft your best “dream” life. Everything won’t happen at once and not everything won’t be possible everyday, but by focusing on a few at a time you can begin to make a shift. Are there any tips that impact your life that are missing from this list?

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