Last weekend I had the beautiful experience of visiting The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado for Michael Hyatt's Platform Conference. I could write 10 blog posts on how fantastic this location is (I promise a post on the features of this location to follow!) but for today's post, I'd like to share my highlights from this conference.

I have been following Michael Hyatt for about a year now and my life has been enriched by his weekly podcast. If you aren't familiar with him, Michael Hyatt is kind of the expert on building a personal platform and in addition to all his tips on blogging, social media and speaking strategies, I love what he has to say about living a life of intention and integrity. You should definitely check him out. So when the opportunity came to see him and his team live in action, and the chance to invest in me and my business for a few days- it was not a hard decision to make the investment and book.

And am I ever glad I did.

Because I left with laser sharp clarity on why I am doing what I do.

As I mentioned in my earlier post this week this blog is about to get a bunch more personal. Being personal on the internet is something that has scared me, and something I have basically shied away from. I have shied away for fear of rejection, for fear of letting people know the "real" me, and fear of what that might mean. I think part of it was also a fear that being more personal meant I was somehow less of a "professional business owner", something that I felt I had to prove starting my business at the young age that I did, and constantly comparing myself against peers 10 years my senior. But during this conference again and again I got the message to have courage, to be fearless, and that my message, if I can be couragous enough to share it, can really help people. I hope you'll journey with me in this next chapter of my blog.

Without further ado, here are my top ten quotes from the Platform Conference: 

On being fearless:

"Lies that stifle our own success: 1) I don't know where to start. 2) I don't have time. 3) I'm not good enough." – Crystal Paine

"I will own the gifts that I've been given." – Crystal Paine

"Comparison is the thief of joy." – Crystal Paine

"Clarity brings confidence that results in concrete action." – Casey Graham

On helping others:

"Focus on your audience & how you can contribute to their lives. It's not about you." – Ken Davis

"We make a living from what we get, we make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill via Stu McLaren

"No other success can compensate for failure in the home." – David O'McKay via Stu McLaren

On blogging / business:

"If you're not consistent, you're non-existent." – Michael Hyatt

"The energy of your business is directly tied to the strength of your email list." – Amy Porterfield 

"Anyone with a personal platform should make speaking a part of it. It will clarify your purpose, and change lives." – Ken Davis

As if God wanted me to be REALLY sure what kind of laser sharp clarity I was meant to have from this conference, I share this final story from my Platform experience. I ugly cried multiple times during this conference, always when a speaker was addressing the topic of how you can help people if you only allow yourself to share abundantly, and to not let fear stand in the way. After one of my ugly crying fits, I fought all temptation to retreat to my room and wallow in self pity. I walked into the lunch room, head held marginally high, and this beautiful woman with blonde hair, who I had connected with a few times at the conference before, could sense something was up with me. It only took 2 seconds for me to be crying, literally on her shoulder, about how afraid I was of being more honest with myself and my audience. She provided me some brief counsel and encouragement and we enjoyed a lovely lunch. At the very end of the conference she found me and said she had a gift for me. Cue the ugly tears again cause this is what she handed me:

I wear it proudly. This gift from a relative stranger was my most memorable gift from this conference. I treasure it, and the experience, so much.

To my fellow #platform14 attendees- what was your most memorable gift from the conference? Love to know in the comments below.