Whilst Christmas may herald the start of summer holidays for some, many of us are preparing to enter the busiest time of year for events and looking after ourselves can be hard. Here are 5 tips to for a healthier event season this summer. 1. Juice through it The best investment I have made this year is purchasing a blender for $49 from Target that whizzes fruit and vegies in a flash providing a juice packed with healthy staples and a vitamin punch. To make life even easier for yourself why not prepare the fruit and vegies you like the night or week before and have them in the freezer for those busy mornings when you need to be out the door in 5? My go to recipe at the moment is; 1/4 Mango Handful frozen berries 1 Cup Watermelon 1/2 Cup Kale Handful of pumpkin seeds 1 Cup Coconut Water 1/2 Cup Juice Image courtesy of cleanfoodcrush 2. Pre prepare meals Get those healthy meals prepared the week before you start event week, divide them into individual portions and freeze them. Make this big cook up part of your event planning so it's on the to-do list and a big milestone you can tick off. We all know how much sugar you will be presented with during event week - lollies seem to fall from the sky - so give yourself a head start and eat as best you can while you're burning a huge amount of energy. 3. Five minutes of quiet time Set the alarm for 5 minutes earlier than you need to and grab 5 minutes of quiet time. Two of the best ways to spend this are meditating for 5 minutes or a few yoga sun salutes. Nothing fancy pants or complicated here, just a small routine to get you breathing and to still your busy mind before you launch into the day. 4. Call, text, email friends and family Normal people will expect you to be in touch over the Christmas and summer period but if you're in the events industry that is often just one too many things on the to do list. You love your friends and family dearly however there is a lot going on at the moment - for starters you have 2 phones and a radio strapped to your belt and 3 people in front of you wanting direction for various elements of the set up! Take the stress out of this situation and get in touch with your family and friends before event week to let them know what you're up to and that you'll be back in touch once the event has finished. 5. Sleep I know, I know, you'll sleep when the events over right? Let's not fall into that trap. Make sleep a priority when you get home and stay away from Netflix and your favourite TV series for now. Once you're on the couch it'[s going to be hard to move so come home, eat a healthy dinner and go straight to bed. Give your mind and body a chance to rest before you have to do it all again tomorrow. Best of luck to all of you working super hard this summer. We'd love to hear what events you're working on and what some of your tips are for looking after yourself.
This time next week the world's largest women's wellbeing and empowerment festival, Seven Sisters Festival will be underway in Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. Started by Dr Lauren Woodman at the young age of 24, the Seven Sisters Festival is an annual 3-Day festival which celebrates, educates and inspires women in the areas of health, spirituality, personal development, self worth, expression, and sisterhood. With over 50 workshops, talks, food and craft markets, concerts and live installations all included in the ticket price it is no wonder that the festival has doubled in size each year since its debut. Lauren and I recently met during a panel show on RPPFM's Taking Care of Business where she shared her story and the Seven Sisters Festival journey. Lauren is an Osteopath, co-author of 'The Evolved Woman, Women’s Wisdom To Create The Life You Love', and CEO and Founder of Entrepreneuress Society and Telstra Young Business Woman Finalist. She is a calm, inspiring and engaging force to be reckoned with! I was intrigued and wanted to know more. How did the Seven Sisters Festival come to be? “When I started attending festivals in my early twenties, they were generally small events that catered mostly to lovers of music, alcohol and drugs. The experiences I loved most about festivals were the elements of learning, connection and healing. However, at that time only a handful offered workshops, healing spaces, meaningful gatherings or transformational elements for people to enjoy.” “Even more than that there was nothing that really embraced, or embodied the spirit of women in particular. A place where women could go to connect, celebrate and understand their feminine nature. That’s why I decided to create Seven Sisters Festival.” People generally have a lot of resistance facing issues head on or going out of their way to try something new like a yoga class or a new type of therapy for the first time, so knowing this I designed the festival to be a fun, supportive and inspiring space that easily attracted women but also covertly enabled them to easily receive access to support and resources to help where needed. 5 months, 350 attendees and my life savings I was an Osteopath who knew everything about the body but absolutely nothing about business and had no clue about running events. All I knew was that I wanted to provide a space of permission and support to assist women in building their confidence, self worth and clarity in order to create meaningful change in their lives. I gave myself less than 5 months to get the first event off the ground, whilst working full time treating 40 clients a week to fund it. I threw all my savings into this event, networked like crazy, and enlisted the help and support of anyone who showed an interest. Needless to say the first event was a success and gathered 350 women and since then doubled each year and has grown to thousands becoming the largest women’s wellbeing and empowerment event in the southern hemisphere. Freedom to design your own weekend I thought by giving women easy access to all these resources in one place over one weekend, they have the chance to experience what they would probably encounter over a decade on their own accord. So it is the quickest way to fast track and individual’s personal evolution and gain insight and inspiration to take a new direction. This is one of the reasons why so many women report that the event changes the course of their lives. Understanding that all women are different, guests have the freedom to design their own weekend experience according to their needs, wants and desires moment to moment. All workshops and activities are included in their ticket price, they don’t need to book but simply turn up to the class, workshop or presentation at the set time. 3 to 5 March 2017 In 2017, the festival will have helped over 10,000 women since its launch. It has doubled in size every year since its launch. The location has changed twice but the outcomes are still the same. Women leave the event feeling inspired, empowered and energised by the warmth and love the encounter by the other festival attendees. A small number of tickets are still available for this year's event. For details visit the Seven Sisters Festival website here.
If you are in business chances are that you have a business Facebook page. Are you getting the most out of it? Is it set up to work for your business or is it just a place holder? Hopefully it's an extension of your business and serving your audience in a positive way that aligns with your brand, products and customer services. Below I've put together a list of 12 easy wins you can grab by tweaking your current Facebook page and becoming a social media ninja. 12 Easy Facebook Wins 1. Do your images align with your brand? Are they clear, do they catch the readers eye? You don't need to be a designer to re-size images, find new images or create images with eye catching text or calls to action. Give Canva a try. Its super easy and friendly to use with ready made templates for social media posts, facebook profile and header images. If you'd like a free step by step guide grab it here. 2. Are the images in your post filling the whole post space available or are they skinny little posts that look a little odd? I would recommend creating your social media image posts in Canva so that they are always a consistent size. You can access a free step by step guide to creating amazing images here. 3. Got some video you can post? My experience is that video will reach 3 times as many people because Facebook HQ is in love with video and want more people to love it too. If you haven't got video create some. All you need is an iphone. Don't be scared - just jump in and take a short 30 second video of your office, venue, shop to show people exactly what its like to step inside and say hello. 4. Post 4 times a week and mix up your content to cover a variety of info relevant to your business and industry. 5. Have you got information about your business and its products or services listed in every available location on Facebook? There are a couple you may not be aware of. Click on your profile photo or header photo. To the right you'll see a box to add more detail. Fill this in including links to your website and other social platforms. You can also add in links to special offers here. Somehow, somewhere people find this information and its just one further way to grab their attention. 6. What services is your business offering? Add these into the Services section of your page. 7. What is your call to action? The blue button just below your header image can be edited to match the call to action you need. Are you asking people to learn more by visiting your website or perhaps to sign up to your email list? Check out the options available and make use of this important tool to engage with your customers. 8.Reviews - twist some arms, lots of arms and get people to review your business, products and services. The best thing about social media is that it promotes peer reviews which are far more authentic than you trying to sell something to someone direct. 9.Partners. Can you establish some partnerships with like minded business to promote each others social media posts and to drive higher engagement to your site? Collaboration is like magic spice for business. Reach out to those around you. What have you got to lose? 10.Add in links to your website and other social media tools. To do this in the search box at the top type in woobox custom tab. Select the Install Page Tab button and then select Add Page Tab. This will allow you add in the links you need. You can check out how this looks on the Like Minds Create site - we have included 3 images on the right hand side that you'll see as you scroll down; website, Instagram and Pinterest 11. Schedule posts to ultimately save you time. At the start or the end of the week sit down and plan out your 4 posts. To schedule simply go the status/post box, add in your image/video and text then instead of hitting publish select the drop down arrow and hit the schedule option. This will then prompt you to select the date and time you wish the post to be released. 12. Finally social media is SOCIAL. Share content, comment on others content and become an active member of the online community that supports your business. Still sound like I'm using another language? My number 1 frustration, actually there were 3 of them, when I first started my business was social media. In particular getting my head around Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and using it effectively. It is so easy to spend hours lost down a rabbit warren trying to search for answers and when you do find them they are usually in all sorts of different places. It took me a good 10 months to really get a grasp on using social media like a pro however I have now channelled that learning, time and frustration into an online course called The Social Media Superstart to make life as easy as possible for small business owners. Find everything you need in one place with this super course and gain access to the private Facebook group to meet other like minded business owners and promote your work. Click here to find out more.