What an incredible privilege to have been picked to join a few SA TC’s for our global conference in the UK. I can't believe it was 3 weekends ago already! It was an experience that I will definitely cherish forever. Arriving in the chilly UK after a great (full, but comfortable) flight on Virgin Atlantic we took a train to Manchester. We visited Travel Counsellors HQ and had a tour of the offices. It was much bigger then I had imagined – but what really stood out to me was the location of Steve, our CEO's office. It was situated in an area with the door wide open indicating that everyone was invited to pop in and see him, anytime. Steve immediately welcomed us with a warm Manchester welcome, and even though South Africa took the Rugby world cup from the Brits a week earlier he was genuinely pleased for us as a country and what it meant for us.
On the Friday the Conference began, I began to see the hundreds and hundreds of TC’s stream in. It was mind blowing to realize that I was apart of a bigger family, so many others who have been where I am now, others who are going to get there and others who are far ahead whom I can learn from. Everyone is super friendly and interested in where you are from and how you are doing as a TC.
I attended a great seminar on Social media and took so many tips from it. A couple of TC’s who were doing well shared their success stories with us and I’m excited to apply the nuggets to my business. Everyone has their own approach to running their business, and where I thought I was doing a great job at marketing, I found out there are things that I can do to make it better – and I can't wait. The best part is that this is just one small aspect.
The weekend was filled with laughter, tears and a real sense of family. Many prizes were given away and many stories were shared, which really reminded me that I am not alone. I work from home on my own – but I have a huge family behind me, who all care and want me to succeed. The TC family, I have never been more grateful and more proud to be a part of such an amazing group of people.
We had the likes of Chadden Hunter, Sahar Hashemi, Anthony Iannarino, Michael Finnigan, Nicola Adams and the wonderfully humble Bear Grylls who all shared their personal stories and insights. Words such as “embrace your failures”, “face your fears”, “Find your fire” and “remember your faith” were what I took away from the conference.
The awards evening was out of this world, and as TC’s were being recognized, honored and called up to receive their awards on stage it made me hungry for greater things in my life and business.
It was so much fun getting to know the girls who travelled together from SA, the friends that I have made from this trip are legendary!
Thank you TC South Africa for taking me along and opening my eyes and heart to the TC world. Lets do it again next year - Liverpool; 20 - 22nd November 2020.