It was four years ago, after a client recommendation that I had my first exposure to Leadercast, and to say the least, my expectations were underwhelming. To be honest, it wasn’t where the event was being hosted or the roster of speakers…In retrospect; it was my lack of quality experience in remote educational events. In previous experiences, the hosting sites rarely did a notable job in engaging with their remote venues. My history told me that the experience I would receive in an auditorium of a couple hundred fellow leadership professionals watching the program on a big screen together would have no great difference to a more opportune time, sitting in my office chair, enjoying my preferred treat of the day. Thankfully, for myself and my business since, the client who referred me did not allow me to dismiss the opportunity so easily. Four years later, as a result of that experience, we find ourselves as the Spire Sponsor of Liberty Live’s and the CBCHR’s simulcasting Leadercast 2016. So, as a previous participant, the primary sponsor of the event, and the official host of the VIP experience, I am excited to share with you why we were so excited about this event.
In reflecting back to our previous experiences with Leadercast and working with the Christian Business Chamber of Hampton Roads, three things really stood out about the scope of this opportunity, the caliber of the speakers provided by Leadercast, the engagement of the event, and the participating community.
When I attended my first Leadercast, despite my initial reluctance, it was because of my previous exposure to John Maxwell. Many of his materials are an essential part of the foundation of every leader’s library, and his impact is recognized regardless of the size, industry, or growth cycle of any organization. However, to my delight, my first exposure led to other thought leaders that have had a similar impact on my business and the businesses of my clients, including Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, and Dr. Henry Cloud, just to name a few. As a result, my leadership development commitment has never run thin on resources, and my growth as a leader, as well as a builder of leaders, continues to grow exponentially.
Another element that really set Leadercast apart from other events I had attended locally was how well the remote program engaged with the local participants. In addition to providing an opportunity for local programming, a lot of thought went into engaging the remote audience. Many of the speakers themselves nurtured an environment to physically participate remotely, and they even developed their mobile app to deliver a three dimensional experience on-site! All culminated together, it really delivered a memorable experience, and some of the presentations are still the most memorable of anything I have ever participated in.
Finally, after being a part of the Christian Business Chamber of Hampton Roads for over a year, I have really had the opportunity to observe where their energy and intention lie. Other organizations I have been a part of and have even supported, verbalize an intention to grow the business community, but at times their actions have said otherwise. Within the CBCHR, every conversation I have been a part of has begun with “How can we lift those who have commissioned us higher?” For that reason, when presented with the opportunity to partner with the CBCHR for an event of this caliber, and within the leadership community we have here in Hampton Roads, I had no doubt about the congruency of what our partnership would represent.
The bottom line, here? The opportunity to align with these partners, in front of 750 to 1,000 of the best leaders Hampton Roads has to offer, will return every dollar invested and more...And we are excited for it!
May God continue to bless you and others around you! See you in May!