A Grown Lesson From The Blogalicious Conference

You’ve got to be smart enough to know when you’re the teacher and when you’re the student. Really successful business people are often students, especially with those in their inner circles and on their payroll; they engage and hire people who are smarter than them! And they recognize any thing and any body can teach when you’re a willing student.

2013-10-10 14.33.48I went to Stacey Ferguson’s (@JusticeFergie on Twitter) Blogalicious Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia and WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! She is brilliant! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more collaborative group of people.

Interestingly this was my 2nd year attending. Last year I was there as my beau’s (Alfred Edmond Jr) guest while he represented Miller/Coors’ Business Pitch Competition. It was at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas and I had a ball! Not because of the conference. I love slot machines. It’s something about those damn lights, ding-ding-dings and my Sanguine nature that make me happy! I was not thinking like a blogger then – had NO IDEA what I was missing.

This year Alfred was invited back to judge the Wells Fargo Business Competition, but I paid to go and went ahead of him – there every day as an eager student.

Zara, why aren’t you on that stage? People need to hear what you have to say. You should be up there!” said a sweet dear talented young woman who knows my brands.

Me: Girl, you’ve got to know when you’re the teacher and when you’re the student. I need to be my behind right here in the audience – taking notes, asking questions, networking – learning!

The Pros Attitude
I know what I know. In my space of understanding and teaching personal growth I belong on platforms, but that’s not all I need to know to be successful. Alfred and I have created an amazing space with the Grown Zone from our individual platforms on social media, and based on how the community is growing we will have one heck of a story to share one day on how we did it, but today we’re still learning.

Always An Amateur
Really smart people know that they’re always an amateur at something, which means they’re always learning.

I’m in awe of some of the people I met at Blogalicious last week. All are younger than me, but I’ve learned from each of them and even if only from afar I consider them mentors because I’m watching their every move!

BMWKRonnie and Lamar Tyler (@blackandmarried on Twitter), founders of Black And Married With Kids.

I crashed a private dinner they were having for their writers and partners – best wayward action I’ve taken in a long time (LOL! I didn’t REALLY crash it. I wasn’t exactly invited either, but I did get permission via a 3rd party). They don’t know it yet, but we’re now connected at the hip! I see them as poster children for the creative economy – not waiting for permission, rather innovative and leading the way in the blogosphere.

Jessica McFaddenJessica McFadden (@jessicamcfadd on Twitter), A Parent In America.

Jessica was on a panel and gave tips on vlogging. I asked a question and her advice resonated with me so much that my editorial calendar turned right-side UP! I’d been struggling for a while trying to figure out how to differentiate between what needed to be a blog, a video, or as part of our podcast. All of a sudden I saw how to make the best use of all of my talents. Jessica and I connected later over a libation in a green bottle which turned out to be both of our fave! 😉

With Diana Ramsey

Diana Ramsey (@siswithbeauty on Twitter), Sisters With Beauty.

This little cutie-pie is a rising star shining brightly. She recognized me as co-founder of the Grown Zone and Alfred Edmond Jr’s partner which sparked conversation, but then we clicked over natural hair! I learned more from her in one conversation than I have over the past 3 years of growing my natural hair. She’s a huge promoter of doing it yourself and through her website she shows you how. Not only is she talented, she’s a dancing machine (a dance-off between her and my beau is inevitable), and I usually reserve that term for Alfred; few can get down like he can. Hugs ‘n Love, Butterfly! 🙂

In a very short time I learned a lot from each of them and picked up lots of stuff from others throughout the conference. I’m often “on”; teaching, guiding, validating and sometimes (lovingly) chastising, but I know when it’s time to turn it “off”; to be a student because there’s always something to learn.

Although I have expertise, I’m not always the expert. Sometimes I’m the novice, and I’m smart enough to know when I’m the teacher or the student. Are you?

That’s living in the Grown Zone! Here we GROW…Grown IS Sexy! ;-)

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About Zara Green
Hi, I'm Zara Green, A "Do Better" Fanatic and Your Advocate...I'm glad you're here! As a personal growth Author and Speaker, who's Individuality & Resilience-Focused, I spark conversations that expand thinking, encourage effective & productive responses and produce better individual decision-making and better interpersonal communications in relationships. Growing Up with Zara because life is meant to be enjoyed ;-)

13 Responses to A Grown Lesson From The Blogalicious Conference

  1. RonnieBMWK says:

    Hi Zara, it was great spending time with you last weekend…and I am so happy that we are connected at the hip now!!!

  2. Zara Green says:

    RONNIE!!!!! LOL! You really ARE good! I just shared this with you on Twitter but apparently you’d already seen it! And THAT’s more proof that I need what you’ve got…you are ON IT! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Ronnie. xo

  3. Awesome Recap! It was a pleasure to meet you!

  4. Zara Green says:

    Thank you Stacey! It was so great meeting you too! Thanks to Sisters With Beauty’s, Diana’s tips, you thought my hair was cute enough to approach me for a pic and share with your audience. We were all cookin’ with grease at #Blogalicious5! 🙂 Until next time, Sistah Chick! xo

  5. Jessica says:

    I am so honored to me mentioned in your post. Meeting you was one of the highlights of my #Blogalicious5. I am such a fan. You are INCREDIBLE on camera and I cannot wait to see your videos this year!

  6. Zara Green says:

    I just told the truth about you, Jessica! 🙂 I’m a fan of yours – and keeping my eye on you! Thank you so much! I can see clearer now because of you. xo

  7. So glad you took the wayward action of joining us for dinner LOL. We really enjoyed you and were happy that you were there. Looking forward to connecting more in the future.

  8. Zara Green says:

    LOL at you Lamar – encouraging my waywardness! The pleasure was all mine. The future is bright! 🙂

  9. Nellie says:

    Beautiful recap. I feel the same. It was a dynamic conference and I am excited to implement all that I have learned!! Sorry we didn’t get to meet. There is always next year 🙂

  10. Zara Green says:

    “Excited”. That’s exactly how I feel too Nellie! So many things felt right and made sense! Yep, I’ll be looking for you next year. 🙂

  11. Ella says:

    Zara, I missed Blogalicious, but your recap of some of the best in the biz was great! Thanks for sharing and confirming what I already knew. I missed a great one!

  12. So great to meet you Zara! I have enjoyed following the Grown Zone so far. I was a student at Blogalicious too. It’s great to see what you learned. I hope to learn more from the Grown Zone platform in the future.

  13. Butterfly Zara……… I’M JUST READING YOUR POST.. Sorry I’m so late, You posted on SWB’s anniversary date then the party was last night..needless to say I was online but offline..lmbo. I ENJOYED YOU AND TRULY APPRECIATE (wait, why am I using all caps..oh because im SCREAMING), you for being so sweet, so honest, and so amazing during Blogalicious weekend. I stood in front of you like I know you, wait I guess it’s not you.. NO IT’S YOU..:) You are an amazing spirit and I loved the emphasis of your post. We are all students and should never step down from our desk of learning. You know I’m the adopted love child and I pray to see you two soon. Tell Dancing Machine, I’m over here crafting new moves for our dance off. It will happen..:) Butterflies UP until I see you again. SWB

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