HOW DO WE KEEP GOING FAR TOGETHER?
It’s been a great week at Pressnomics and from every single person of the 150+ people I’ve talked about it, it was an absolute hit. (Thanks to Josh and Sally Strebel and the Pagely gang and sponsors and participants for making it happen.)
In a word, this week has been EPIC.
Very rarely have I had the opportunity to attend an event and say, “I want to meet and talk with all of them.” And that sentiment has been expressed numerous times here.
I’m totally exhausted … but it was worth every minute. And sitting here relaxing (finally) and downloading all I’ve heard and witnessed in the last two or three days, I’ve been consumed with how we keep this momentum and energy going.
I have four questions (maybe challenges) for those of us in attendance:
1. How do we keep conversations going and growing?
Being in the same room for two days as 150 of your peers is a rare event. How do we stay connected to each other once we get back home and busy again?
Schedule a once a month or quarter Skyle call? Start a private forum? What ideas do you have and who will step up to lead it?
I’ll tell you right here that you could stop reading and just answer this one because the next three questions relate directly back to this one.
If we don’t stay in touch, we’ll lose some momentum, which is OK I guess … but I think the start of something great began here and it’d be a waste if we squandered an opportunity.
2. How do we keep learning from each other?
Again, related to staying in contact with each other in between Pressnomics. But talking with people after the sessions, the speakers provoked conversations and sharing afterward that went deeper.
In particular I enjoyed hearing the stories — both the success and failures and why they happened.
So how do we share the best practices to build our businesses together? And what trends are you seeing in your business and with WordPress?
Garth Koyle from Event Espresso has an excellent idea to do anonymous surveys for benchmarks of what we’re doing.
3. What one thing will you takeaway from this week and apply next week in your business?
It’s all about application. Otherwise, a year from now, we’ll simply say, we got together, had some good talks, met some good people but beyond that, it was a nice time in beautiful Chandler because I didn’t do anything different.
So if this event was a win for you – what has it changed and how are you going to implement it?
This is about next steps and action … also called implementation.
4. What are ways we can collaborate more?
Mark Jaquith challenged us to find collaboration opportunities between companies and people. This is a tough one as we are all focused on building our businesses and our competitive tendencies come into play but I’m eager to hear other people’s thoughts and ideas on it.
5. Where is WordPress going and how do help it keep going farther?
Some of my most productive time here was simply hearing answers to that question.
The fact is … WordPress changed all of our lives. I heard numerous stories of this that were deeply personal and special.
So that’s the questions I have for you … post your ideas and action items in the comments and let’s keep the momentum going. – Cory Miller