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Daring greatly: Creativity for Business Success with Clare Bowditch

Being fifty-something and a small business operator, I’ve been to a few business events in my time. Some might say: a few too many. I find them a bit ho-hum.

Last night, Clare Bowditch put ho-hum in its boring little corner and filled the space with hoopla, imagination and down-to-earthiness at the Small Business Festival Victoria event, Creativity for Business Success at The Pier, Geelong.

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I shared the evening with My Girl and my niece E (a true Clare Bowditch fan who also arranged our tickets).

We weren’t sure what our $30 Earlybird tickets included and were giggling-girly delighted to be served bubbles on arrival. The bubbles kept coming along with wine and a two-course dinner. And freebies.

The crowd was unusually female-skewed (for a business event). Not the customary “suits” brigade madly networking at every opportunity. Instead, there were lots of lovely, bubbles-buzzed ladies in their twenties, thirties and forties. Oh, and some other fifty-somethings. The sisterhood was out in force.

Then Clare Bowditch swept in and showed Geelong what real business class is all about.

Thank you Clare Bowditch, for:

  • NO big screen PowerPoint preso
  • NO hyped up selling of your own products/services
  • NO arrogance (not even a smidgen)

Thank you, Clare Bowditch, for:

  • allowing us time to breathe
  • the unexpected
  • subtle networking
  • balancing a microphone in one hand and a glass of red in the other
  • group song (yes, I sang with Clare Bowditch)
  • solo song
  • heart song
  • for laughing and caring
  • for daring greatly
  • for showing us, in the surest of ways, that business can be big hearted.

And for being maven of the selfie.

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clare bowditch, creativity, geelong, business geelong, midlife, fifty-something

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