#yeu was a fantastic event from beginning to end, certainly one of the best events focused on supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs that I have ever been to.
The speaker presentations were top notch, and I am going to post some learnings from each of them in subsequent posts. Firstly though, I thought while the day is fresh in my mind I would post some of the things I thought made a real difference in taking the event from good to awesome for our event organizer community.
1. Profiling hashtag
The event hashtag, #yeu, was profiled on every page of the event booklet provided to us and reminded the audience to use it if they wanted to have a conversation on Twitter.
2. Authentic, enthusiastic support team
At this event the “Oceans 13″ crew were volunteers and were 100% into it the entire day and keen to help wherever they could.
The Ocean’s 13 Team
3. Great music in breaks
The team picked great music and it really made a difference to the vibe. With music in breaks the balance has to be right, not so loud people can’t hear each other.
4. Different formats for presentations (keynote, discussion, pitches)
The day involved some keynote style presentations, some presentations that involved more participation and some elevator pitch sessions. I think having a mix of content that is structured differently helps people to stay engaged during the day.
5. Live polling via text messages
During the six elevator pitch sessions the audience voted via text message and we watched the live results come up on the screen. This was very cool and the audience were really into it.
Early days for the elevator pitch results
6. Plenty of networking opportunities
The #yeu team had organized plenty of networking during the day and facilitated some icebreakers at the start of the day. I know these icebreakers make everyone in the audience cringe at times, but they really help everyone get into it.
7. Facilitate connections between attendees and share them with the audience
During the day the event organizers were making connections between entrepreneurs that they thought would benefit business endeavours. I thought it was cool that the organizers made the effort to help facilitate these connections and also told everyone in the room about them. Some of the connections made today may lead to the creation some of Australia’s next great businesses!
8. Energy and Passion
Every point of the event communicated authentic energy and passion.
Thanks to Jack, the Entourage team and the fantastic speakers Domenic Carosa (of Dominet Digital), Andrew Morello (Apprentice Australia Winner now at Yellow Brick Road) and Siimon Reynolds (Fortune Institute). I learnt so much from the speakers, including at least 2-3 VERY impactful nuggets of wisdom from each, and will share some of this in later posts.
It was a great event helping young entrepreneurs connect, learn and get inspired, I am definitely looking forward to the next one and also putting in some serious work before then!
Also, to congrats to Brokepacker who won the Elevator Pitch competition!
Kevin of Brokepacker mid-pitch