Unconference 2017 – Reviewing an unconventional unconference!

Monday November 28, 2016

Like all events, you plan, you invite, people register – but as this is an unconference what are you planning, who are you inviting, and the people who are registering are asking what’s in store, and until the day of the event, the organisers are not entirely sure….

We could easily fill a page just with feedback and quotes with regards to the day, so maybe we should, after all it was an Unconference, so let’s use the feedback given and also recap on an excellent day.
We started the day with 2 speakers, telling very different stories, Steve Ottewill, a successful silversmith, told us about his business journey over the last 20 + years, followed by Sherry Newton, a new business telling her start-up story, they have both commented below;

‘I was pleased to be a guest speaker at this year's unconference and share my business experiences with those just starting out and other established business owners. Running your own business is tough and needs great commitment, but it's also important to remember that we can always learn something new to help it develop’. Steve Ottewill

‘What a fantastic day at the Unconference. Such a great atmosphere, laid-back but fun, relaxed but engaging, I was honoured to be asked to speak and received such a warm and encouraging response’ – Sherry Newton – Little Pep

Following these two presentations there were 3 workshops available for which you could choose to attend 2 – these covered topics that the audience had requested, namely marketing, innovation and communication.
Over lunch there was an opportunity to deliver a 2 minute pitch about your business – there were so many people who had put their name in the hat, it was a shame we could only do 10, but these were great fun, a great experience for those who don’t usually get the opportunity to pitch to a crowded room and really interesting to hear some fantastic innovative business stories – a favourite quote that sums this part of the day up has to be;

‘I also really enjoyed the 2 minute lunchtime pitches, was almost like business karaoke’!

The afternoon was a repeat of the morning with Toby Roy from Catch IT taking to the stage telling for the first time his own business story to the audience and it was great both to hear it and to see how well it was received.

Toby had said before the event that he was ‘flattered’ to have been asked and we were delighted he accepted, and once again the feedback within the room and the applause were great, with one attendee even commenting what a shame it was we didn’t have time for more of these speakers (noted for next year!)

There were 3 more workshops in the afternoon, as requested looking at R&D, social media and ad-words as requested, before we closed for the day and made presentations.
So to sum up the day, we will leave that to the attendees and a few more quotes from them;

'Unconference was fantastic, the timing really was perfect as I feel I got to know a bit of the local community and I'm really looking forward to finding more Kent companies to work with' – Mark Little, Proteus

‘I was a bit cynical when I arrived, but I have had a fantastic day, the speakers, the workshops and the networking have been excellent’ – Linda Garcia

‘I genuinely delayed my holiday, as I wanted to come again, after such an excellent time last year, this year was certainly worth attending – thanks for the invite’ – Chris Pollard

So ‘save the day’ for next year, but remember it is an Unconference and therefore one thing that will be guaranteed is that it will be different again, and we are already looking forward to it.

So on behalf of Start my Biz, Grow my Biz, RIFT Accounting and Business Bunker, we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who got involved and once again made our annual Unconference an unconventional success!

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