In my working life, I’ve attended so many events like this launch but this was different. It was a special day for me and I realised just how special when I got my badge upon checking in. ‘Ross Good – The Stented Papa’. You see, for the first time in my life, I was attending an event as me and for me, not for a company I was working for. Although ‘The Stented Papa’ is not a ‘business’ (yet!) it is ‘work’ for me and so it was a great feeling.
And what a day it turned out to be. It was absolutely class. When I got home, I was so hyped about where things for myself & The Missus can (potentially) go because of it, it was 2am when I stopped tweeting and replying to tweets! When I was selling, I use to get the same buzz after a sale and I haven’t experienced that for a good while.
The Irish Blogger Agency is the brain child of Sinead Carroll. One hell of an impressive woman. Her enthusiasm literally flows from her, it’s clear to see. The Agency’s remit? To help connect brands & influencers among many other benefits such as ‘The Academy’ & ‘The Power Team’.
I first heard Sinead on the radio, on the Sunday Business Post talking about the Irish Blogging Agency about 2 months back after Geraldine from Over Heavens Hill told me about the agency she’d just joined (thank a million Geraldine!) so after taking a look at it, I thought the asking price of €50 per annum was very reasonable to see what might come from it.
More importantly, I was at the stage where I was happy with how my blogging life had started (guest featured on a few external sites in the UK & US, selected numerous times as the featured blogger on multiple ‘linkie parties’, appeared on national radio etc) & I want to take things to the next level (many ideas) so I thought joining can only benefit me. If nothing else, I’ll get to meet loads of other bloggers which will help increase the brand of The Stented Papa.
— Ross (@TheStentedPapa) September 26, 2016
I also got to meet Geraldine (OverHeavensHill) & Beth from TheMotherHub at the event. We follow each other on social and we’d arranged to meet for coffee before the event and it was great. We hit it off immediately (which always helps!) and had a great chat. And get this – it turns out that Beth literally lives around the corner from me, but we’d never met before the event – bananas!!
The event was kicked off by Sinead and this set the tone for the day. I was intrigued immediately. She had a number of speakers lined up and they where excellent. Honestly, I’ve been to so many events in the Pensions game & in the Start Up world and if I find them anyway boring (and I’m talking about the Pension events here!!) I’d lose interest fast and fall asleep (which I can do pretty much anywhere). I’m absolutely delighted to report I didn’t fall asleep – in fact – it was the exact opposite. I was like a sponge, I wanted more and the more I got, the more I wanted. I also set my stall out before I even got there that I wanted to network the room as much as possible and I felt I put a good shift in and spoke to most of the key speakers. Time was the enemy for me here but I made some really great connections. Happy days.
You can read a short bio of all the speakers here. Personally, I thought they were excellent. They included:
- Roger Burrows – motivational speaker for personal & business development
- Kate Kelly – award-winning blogger Pure Irish Sugar and PR for Cocoa Brown Tan
- Joanne Sweeney Burke – author & entrepreneur, social media expert
- The Galway Player – radio contributor, digital media manager & award-winning blogger
- Suzie Mahony – mentor & owner of Suzie Mahony Designs
- Veruska Anconitano – professional blogger
- Kayanne Horgan – trademark specialist & solicitor
There were two other speakers who were not listed but who spoke about very personal situations for them both and they both spoke with a lot of passion & pride which was very inspiring. Well done to Avril McDonnell (A Paler Shade of Beauty) & Pamela Gilligan (Speaker & Forever Living). I had a great chat with Pamela after. It turns out Pamela knows one of my best friends who lives in Cavan and we only discovered this fact after a good while chatting in the bar!
But for me personally, it was amazing that I got to speak in front of everyone albeit completely unexpected. During the event, Sinead said ‘I will absolutely only work with those who I can hug‘ which I thought was funny and I tweeted it out. So when Sinead said at the end ‘Does anyone have any questions?‘, big balls here shouted out from the back ‘Can I have a hug?!‘ to which Sinead immediately said ‘Yes, come on up!‘ so I did exactly that. Then, and to my utter surprise, Sinead gave me the mic and said, ‘Off you go, tell everyone who you are‘ – so when opportunity like that stands in front of you – internally I said ‘well saddle me up and call me shergar!‘ – you take it with both hands because if you don’t sell yourself, no one else will. It was a short enough speech but one I was very grateful to do and I got loads of compliments/tweets afterwards. Nice feckin nice – The Stented Papa is rising 🙂
So all in all it was a great launch and I had a blast. I met & spoke (at length) with some pretty inspirational people who are where I am aiming to get to myself. No better people to surround yourself with. Irish Blogger Agency – you will see plenty of me in the future.
You can read the blog about the event by the Irish Blogger Agency here.
P.S. The Missus got a lovely surprise from me – er, I mean Black Canvas Cosmetics which she really loved. Nice one lads!
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