“Let’s go surfin’ now…..Everybody’s learning how….Come on and safari with me…”
With a surfing themed NPO Conference, how could we not begin this report with lyrics from the iconic Beach Boys!
It was perfectly titled “Impact Zone” and lived up to its name in every way. It was a conference on setting a NPO for a successful 2018.
We were treated to fantastic speakers again with Travis Gale from Apple Tree speaking on the culture in the workplace. He challenged the delegates to ensure their values are aligned. He encouraged teams to spend time speaking up when there is conflict so that it is resolved timeously as it impacts on the organisation. Travis encouraged us to remember we are adults having conversations with adults and to whenever we have to deal with situations to ensure we respond as an adult no matter how we are being treated. Great wisdom to ensure our organisations “shred”!
Simon Kozlowski (The Reinvention Coach) was back again giving great insight that will set up our NPO’s to “set their line” for 2018. His great model makes large changes manageable and attainable. We look forward to seeing Durban flourish due to goals being met next year.
We were able to allow our organisations to “Hang ten”, while we had a surprise guest performance by Freddy Lalendle, of The Voice fame. His unique sound resulted in him progressing well in Season 2 of the Voice. His love of the NPO sector meant giving back was a easy yes when asked. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.
Craig Mannheim (Unprecedented Pictures), got everyone to turn their smartphones into fancy cameras taking beautiful pictures that can be used in marketing material, social media and reporting. Craig is a fantastic asset to our organisation and was such a blessing to those who heard him speak.
Our desig(nerd), Sarah McKenzie, shared incredible insight into telling a story with your material you release. Useful tips and trends were shared so we know that all our NPO’s ideas will be “off the wall”. Sarah has been volunteering her time, talent and energy to we are Durban making our branding incredible. It was so exciting to see her on stage sharing the gift with 40 other organisations.
So as we head into summer and our thoughts head to the beach, we hope that all who attended our final conference for 2017, will be reminded of the valuable lessons learnt and incredible connections made this year. May this time be a time of regrouping and setting up for an excellent 2018 in the “Impact Zone”!