Would you live with your workmates for a week, Reader?
I've just returned from a week in France for the ConvertKit team retreat, where more than 60 members of our remote team flew in to spend time together. If you're curious to know what goes on during an event like that, read on – in this issue I'm sharing:
The ConvertKit team retreat
Twice a year, the ConvertKit team gets together in person. Not usually in a place quite as fancy as a chateau in France, but it was our ten year anniversary so we were celebrating!
As a fully-remote company (we don't have a 'head office' – or any office – anywhere), spending time together in person helps us to collaborate more effectively when we're back in our home-office's talking on Slack and Zoom. You truly do get to know people in a different way when you hang out with them during downtime, or chat to them over a meal or a glass of wine.
Our retreats include all-team sessions where we hear from our execs about the future of the company, breakout group discussions where we talk strategy and problem solving, individual team sessions where we dig into details with our direct teams, and team connection activities where we just hang out and have fun together.
I've been going to ConvertKit retreats for more than 6 years, and because I'm a manager now my retreat experience looks a little different. Instead of just being a retreat participant, I'm now responsible for planning sessions for the Brand Studio team.
Here's what we did during our three individual team sessions on this retreat:
Here's a few of my takeaways from this retreat:
As an introvert, spending a week where I'm with my workmates 24/7 was pretty exhausting! But so worth it. I'm looking forward to the work we have ahead of us remotely for the next 6 months before we meet again in Mexico!
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Missed my personal brand workshop? Get the replay!
On Tuesday August 22nd I went live with a group of 70+ motivated creative professionals to teach them how to build strong personal brands that will help them reach their career goals.
The live chat and feedback I got after the event showed me that my personal brand framework really helps people get clarity over what they want to be known for. It's so fun to see sparks igniting as people unlock their understanding and get motivated to take action!
I will absolutely host this workshop again within the next 6 months, but why wait to get that clarity? You can purchase the replay of the Crafting a Personal Brand workshop to watch the recording on-demand and download the workbook. And as a bonus for buying now, I'll even give you free access to the next live version of the workshop!
If you were one of the live workshop attendees, thank you for being there! I'll be connecting you to your accountability matchmaking buddy later this week.
I'm feeling a mix of "LFG!!" motivation and "omg I'm so tired" overwhelm now that I'm home from the retreat. 😅 Work travel for the year isn't over for me yet. On Sunday I head to London to present a talk at a mastermind session and co-host a meet-up ConvertKit is organising for creators. If you're a London-based creator, you should come! Here's the details.
See you in the next issue,