Thanks to my online friend Rochefel of Professional VA I was introduced to the GBG event that was held last May 24 at the Tenth in Alpha Land Mall in Makati. GBG (Google Business Group) is sponsored by the giant search engine Google. It is formerly known as Women on the Web; it’s basically a community of people who educates startups on taking their businesses to the next level using Google products.
I recommend you check out when and where the next GBG event will take place by clicking here.
#GDaysManila is a free event and so as their other events around the world. Last Saturday was my first glimpse of this amazing community. With its set of speakers and the free miryendas; spaghetti and cupcakes, GDaysManila must have left its attendees craving for their future events. Well at least that’s what happened to me.
Business and Life Principles to Take Home
I went home with a mind filled with new ideas on how to better my business and my life in general. Here are some learnings that I think is worth sharing.
Be Prepared & Take Risk
Ivorie of Cookie Bar Manila taught the importance of sharpening ones saw before engaging in a business. She knows that her love for cookies is not enough for her to start a business journey, she studied everything she needs to know about cookies and baking. The young business woman also shared her wonderful story of how she took the risk to pursue her passion. Her courage to leave her promising career as a preschool teacher and bake cookies full time is truly inspiring.
Evangelist or Engineer
Another inspiring speaker was Herald Uy, a successful business man and one of the Managers of GBG. He said there are only two kinds of people for him when it comes to business; evangelists and engineers. He goes on to say that an evangelist educates while an engineer builds. You have to figure out what type of businessman you are and then partner with someone you are not.
I was reminded of a line from a Simon and Garfunkel’s song “I am a rock, I am an island. And a rock feels no pain and an island never cry.” You and I as humans need each other, the same is true in business. You may not be good at everything, accept that fact, then go find someone that’s good at it and be partners.
The GBG manager also shared his ABCDE of Business, with F as a bonus.
A – Attitude first, then Ability
It doesn’t matter if you are the best web designer as your website says if you don’t have the right attitude then you’re in the pitfall of becoming a useless web designer of all. Having the right attitude means showing up on the time you said you will show up, it means you are true and honest with all your dealings may it be in business or in personal affairs. It means you take to the heart your assignments and promises to clients.
B – Believing is half the Battle
Business deals are made when two (or more) parties agreed on a product or service being sold. You must first believe in what you are selling before you offer it to others.
C – Consistency is the Only Way to Win Deals
If you want to be in shape and be the macho-man your wife wants you to be then your way of exercising of one week straight and eating all-you-can the next week just won’t work. The same goes with running a business, you need to be consistent with your efforts. Best of all, be consistent in improving.
D – Dynamism means Today not Tomorrow
Don’t procrastinate, if a client asked for a quote today send it to him tonight
not late night nor tomorrow. Arm yourself with the right ability (and tools) to make things happen right away.
E – Evangelize
If you want to sell you must preach and tell your “story”. Seth Godin once said that “marketing is storytelling”. Selling is science, it follows certain procedures to make a sale, evangelism on the other hand is an art. If you made people believe your story and buy it, that’s art!
F – Fun
I thought Herald Uy included the atomic “F” word with his presentation and I’m happy he did not. Instead, F stands for Fun according to him. Are you having fun with what you are doing? If not then why on earth are you still doing it?
That wraps all the principles I’ve learned from the event. I for sure have already committed my self in applying these principles long before I attended the event, but still, thanks to G Days Manila meeting those inspiring people in person and hearing their stories live has added to my commitment in bettering my life.
Other speakers talked about how technology can bring businesses to the next level. I’d love to share with you more about this topic in my upcoming blog posts. Be sure to subscribe to my email list and be updated. Give this post a plus, tweet, like or share.