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WoW's 1st Year in Review | Part 2, Learning

Posted By Victoria WoW February 12th, 2014

We learned.

 

The spotlight speakers that we have had have been great.  I have been able to take away information to help build my networking skills in my professional and personal networks and to gather information to help better identify my ideal clients.

~ Sarah Barnum, Butchart Gardens


One of our biggest priorities for Women of Weddings is to provide our Members with opportunities to sharpen their skills and knowledge in every aspect of our unique industry . 

We used our blog to share insightful information on weddings such as upcoming trends in the wedding industry, the world of cultural traditions in weddings, and tips for hosting a green wedding or an untraditional bachelorette party.

We shared networking tips like how to network effectively how make a great first impression, and why referrals are so important to building relationships with other WoW Members.

We consulted with experts to learn more about how to give outstanding customer service, how to land your ideal clients, and how to create and achieve your business goals

 

At our events, we invited some compelling guest speakers to share their passion and expertise. Here are some of our favourite learning moments from our first year.

 

Pauline Penner from JumpStart Business Solutions helped us to get clear on our goals at our second event in March 2013. Photos by Nichole Taylor.

 

In June, we learned about the key elements of a traditional Hindu wedding. Our bride and groom were an actual engaged couple, who "practiced" getting married for our benefit. The "cast" of Tony and Tajinder's wedding included the parents, and a Hindu priest. Photos by E/A Photography.

 

I have learned so much valuable information from the speakers. In particular I have completely revolutionized my quoting process after attending one event. My quotes now give total labour hours so potential clients can see the value in the cost I give them and I think it is working :)

~Brittney King, Elise Tonn Designs

 

In September, business writers and customer service experts Mike Wicks and Andrea Ting-Letts offered WoW Members some effective tips on building relationships with your clients in order to more effectively close sales. Photo by Rita Steenssens.

 

In October, we were inspired by Westshore Women's Business Network founder Deb Alcadhino. She shared some very valuable tips on how to make the most of networking events to build strong business relationships. Photo by Deanna McCollum.

 

At our November event - a swanky Girl's Night Out - we learned about taking care of our skin from the team at the Willow Stream Spaand how to market your business effectively by understanding your WHY with Andrea Ting-Letts of SCRIBE Professional Writing. Photos by Rita Steenssens.

 

Finally, in January, social media expert JUHLi SELBy gave a fascinating presentation on how to use social media to our best advantage as businesses. Photo by Rita Steenssens.

 What else did we do in our first year as a networking group?

Obviously, we networked.

We also showcased our talents.

We shared our expertise. We gave back to our communities. And we celebrated in style.

What's up for our second year? WoW has big plans to continue our growth, and to provide our members with more opportunities to connect to and refer one another, to hone our skills, and to gain more exposure. Read about our 2014 Goals.  

 

 Come celebrate our first anniversary with your WoW community! RSVP now.

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