Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live Thanks, Swaps and More!
Oh my goodness, well I have been back for a little over a week now, and I’m still on a high!
Brussels and our On Stage Live event was an amazing event, marred by the events in Paris, but we took a few minutes on Saturday morning to just stand silently in respect of those who had been affected. We were with French demonstrators and many of them had had sleepless nights while they checked in with family and loved ones back at home. At one moment I looked up and saw people stretching across aisles to hold hands with people near them. A touching and remarkable moment in time.
But Sara Douglass and the Stampin’ Up! events team decided that the atrocities weren’t going to stop the event and it carried on regardless.
When we get together as Stampin’ Up! demos, one of the biggest parts is swapping! We all take a number of craft projects with us and swap them away to other demos. So you take say 50 identical projects and come home with 50 different ones to use as inspiration and ideas!
My video mostly showcases the swaps and gifts I received, but alongside the swapping and training we received, I got a chance to spend time with some of my team who were able to come out to Brussels too. We had a great time together and very much missed the rest of the team who were with us in spirit!
On the Thursday evening I attended a reception for demos of a certain leadership title. We had a walking dinner on a stunning boat and took a 2.5 hour journey along the canal. My parents had joined me in Brussels for the 5 days we were there, so I brought Mum on the trip with me. Dad found himself a restaurant that had a TV screen and he had an evening of football!
After the day events on Friday, I invited my team to join me for drinks and canapes, however that seemed to get lost in translation to the hotel when I’d rung them…. I had called them a week before to arrange the drinks and canapes and was assured ‘yes, that’s fine’ in a strong French accent…. However, when I got there it turns out that their idea of canapes was crisps and popcorn. Cue a great chap called Daniel who spent a day calling round outside catering companies, numerous emails back and forth to me during the various training sessions and he came up with this for us!
There were two of these huge bread loaves. They looked like giant cottage loaves, but when opened, they each housed about 20 small soft buns with so many different fillings! Not quite the canapes that I was planning, but for the 7 of us, with Mum and Dad, we ate almost all of them. And enjoyed a few glasses of wine too!
And finally I want to end on a huge high. As part of the November annual event, Stampin’ Up! recognises us for our achievements in the previous year (which ends on September 30th). I was thrilled and delighted to feature in all 3 of our Top Performance Categories for the UK with the #1 Sales, #1 Recruiting (mentoring my direct team to their first promotion) and #2 in Leadership (mentoring my direct team to their 2nd and subsequent promotions).
It’s a wonderful moment to take a walk up on stage to stand with the other 4 top achievers, but I’m a very nervy girl and very shy, so for me, it takes all my courage to not run straight off the stage again afterwards. Head down and run off is my mantra, but I did manage to stand long enough for a few photos.
I’m endlessly humbled that people choose to join my team, and to shop through me. I hope you hear that in the video. I believe the spoken word can enthuse way better than my written one, but for all of you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
So I shall leave you with some photos and thanks to the other demos who shared them with me for me to then share them with you!
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Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator
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