We woke up to a cool, crisp morning here in Nashville . . . PERFECT weather for an event in a non-air-conditioned space with less than optimal break-out spaces. Most of the sessions happened in the courtyard sun. I consider this a stroke of luck because we here in TN are right smack in the middle of our “Severe Weather Season” which is often filled with torrential rain, high winds, and tornado warnings.
We had prepared the event space the day before, and many of the sponsors were able to set up their tables then . . . Others arrived early and got set up before the doors opened.
As time passed, no-one hesitated doing what they came to do . . . make contact with PEOPLE and build relationships. It was as if everyone present was thirsty for human interaction and this conference served as veritable “bottomless well”.
The opening was scheduled to start @ 9 AM . . . but holding true to “Whenever it starts is the right time” I couldn’t bring myself to interrupt the natural flow of engagement that was happening . . . until @ 9:45 when I sensed a lull and rang the bell 🙂
We had no shortage of topics (35) and were heading to the first sessions just 35 minutes after I began the opening . . . From No agenda to FULL agenda in 35 minutes with @ 100 folks.
The day flowed beautifully . . . Everyone was FULL of energy and dynamic.
Following lunch . . . I think the “sessions” multiplied as groups seemed to splinter off in all directions . . . There were little clusters of people EVERYWHERE . . . Seemingly just a field of bumblebees and butterflies, and space in the courtyard provided lots of little nooks and crannies.
As the day neared the end, I walked about checking the pulses of the participants . . . Excitement was high . . . Many were SURPRISED by what happened in that short period of @ 6 hours . . . New connection were made and much was learned by all.
Let’s chalk this event up on the board as a SUCCESS!
I think this is a good start towards fortification of Nashville, TN’s economy.
We’re already starting to think about the “2nd Annual Nashville Real Estate Consortium”