Why I Value Professional Development
I have dubbed this year, “The year of education.” Not that I won’t work on being educated every year, but specifically this first year in business, I want this to be my focus. When I start to fret about, “when will I start making Money?” I remind myself, “This is your year of education.” This means getting out of my comfort zone, saying yes to almost everything, taking as many classes in person and watching lots of Team Flower Youtube videos late into the night and early in the morning.
I trained with a florist 15 years ago which was a great education in flower care and some basic floral design techniques, but I have to say, I have learned more in these last few months I’ve been in business than I could have possibly imagined. I am so thankful for local workshops, online tutorials, and the amazing group of ladies in my Rising Tide group. I have been awed by the love and support and community of the small businesses and creatives that I’ve been so privileged to get to know and work with. They have helped shape my business plan and how I brand myself and how I think about business in general. Is this just a way to make a living or is it turning my passion into something I can share with my community, being inspired and inspiring others?
I love the attitude of the leadership of my Rising Tide group,it’s also my answer to why I value professional development “We are not in competition, when we help each other we all get better.” Taking every opportunity to get education, honing our skills, helping each other to get better, it raises the bar, it offers a better experience, for us and our customers and helps us sleep at night being confident we did our best work.
At one of the workshops I went to I made friends with this bright and bubbly blonde who owns a succulent business. What do you know, the next week I get a bride who wants succulents in her bouquet. I ‘d never done that before. My new friend is more than happy to come over and show me how best to attach succulents into a bouquet and then we spent the afternoon having tea and getting to know each other. My daughter asked me to make her a flower curtain for her baby shower. I’ve never done this before, so once again I look for a YouTube video about how to make one. I then get a bride who wants one at her wedding, so I get to use my daughters for practice. I get a call from an event planner to do a bouquet for a photo shoot, I remember another Team Flower Video called “ step by step summer bouquet,” that I’d like to use as inspiration. Next, I get a call for a 6 foot flower garland. I’ve never done one before, I think you know where I went to find out.
The workshops I’ve gone to have given me confidence to have my own workshops. I’d never done this before, but I went for it. I taught a centerpiece class right before Easter, and a flower crown class to my daughter and her lovely band of hairdressers, and everyone really had a great time in both classes. I was welcomed in to two different women business owners’ businesses to have a Popup Flower Shop. I got to plant seeds at a Dahlia farm. I did a design demonstration for a widows group. I have two fairs coming up for Mother’s Day. All of these
experiences and growth in just 4 months because people are supporting and giving and teaching what they know.
Just as I have grown and benefited from others willing to educate me, I will also share my knowledge, time and talents, when ever I can. It’s so important to me to be a giver just like others have given to me.
I set a goal for next year to go to an actual, in person, Team Flower workshop in Boone, North Carolina. Well it just so happens, they are having a scholarship contest for one lucky winner who writes a blog titled, “Why I Value Profession Development”. I’m just getting to know Team flower, but they have tons of free resources, and videos, podcasts and they have some online classes and then their onsite workshops in Boone. I know something like this will be so valuable, improving the quality of my design work, time management and business practices and that the information I learn and the people I meet will be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
So, here’s to education, collaboration, helping your fellow man, setting goals and being the best you can be in life and business! Cheers!:)