::: Inspired EC – Newcastle conference
If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know we girls love a great excuse for a ‘Thelma and Louise’ style road trip adventure. This weekend we had the time of our lives as we headed off on a road trip up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne, Victoria to Newcastle in New South Wales to attend the inaugural Inspired EC conference run by the lovely Nicole and Tash.
Day one saw us travel 800 k’s up to Moruya on the beautiful east coast of New South Wales with a further 455 k’s tacked on the next day before arriving at our destination.
We were there to present two workshops at the Conference for which the theme was ‘Unwrapping – Encouraging Risk in the Cotton Wool Generation’. For our workshop we chose to look at emotional risk and part of the way we chose to do this was by not telling our participants what we were going to be doing on the day. Our mission was to see just how many people were prepared to take the risk and dive headfirst into a workshop with us while knowing nothing about what they were in for!
This conference was a wonderful chance to meet up with some of our ECE and blogging friends such as Tash, Nicole and Niki Buchan from Inspired EC and Claire Warden from Mindstretchers in Scotland UK …
and Marie Armstrong Smith and Wayne Armstrong from Early Years Care … Just to name a few.
It wasn’t until a friend pointed out that not only were our participants taking a risk with us, we too were taking a risk. After all, what if the risk was too great for people who had plenty of other workshop topics with titles to choose from … what if nobody chose to come along to our workshop with no title??
We were thrilled and humbled to hear from Tash that both our workshops had rapidly booked out … WOW! Sixty participants choosing a workshop without a title … Talk about a bunch of risk takers!
When we started off the workshops we asked our participants if they thought they were indeed taking a risk, coming along without knowing what the workshop was going to be about. Some of the people who were unfamiliar with us said YES! Some chose to come only because their work colleague was coming too … safety in number … we get that! Some said they liked the idea of NOT knowing because it was exciting … we get that too! Interestingly the people who were familiar with our Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages said NO they didn’t think they were taking a risk. These people told us they felt like they already knew us, even though we had only ever met a couple of them in person, and by feeling they knew us, they trusted us and by trusting us they felt safe to come along.
Our aim was to have our participants take a risk in joining us and then to step outside their comfort zone for a few hours. Only Gabby Clappison had any basket making experience so we knew our plan had worked. In fact we could tell that by the looks on peoples faces when we told them what they would be doing that they were outside their comfort zone . Fortunately everyone rose to the challenge and had a great time. We sent many participants off proudly carrying the baskets they had made! We had a great time at the Inspired EC conference and are delighted to have been invited back next year when the conference will be even bigger and better.
It was with much excitment that Tash and Nicole announced a few days ago that in 2013 Niki Buchan from Inspired EC …
will be their three keynote speakers! Now this is one conference Australians will NOT want to miss out on. For more details on the conference please email the girls at firstname.lastname@example.org.