|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 7:05 AM|
The STUDENTpreneur Conference 1:0 presented by The Sheeo Alliance
On November 17th 2018, I attended the Studentpreneur Conference 1.0. Now you may be thinking, “I’ve watched videos on the Sophisticated K YouTube channel, I’ve seen Kayisha Online videos, she shared her age and she’s not a student.” But let me tell you this. I’m not a student in an educational institution, but I’m a student in L.I.F.E. I’m always learning, I’m always developing and building my knowledge. I make an effort to extend my vocabulary and to understand the background and inner workings of literature and language; since I am a 4x Published Author. I learn on the job, whether it be my self-employment (photography, graphics design, fashion or videography) or my employment (my work in the corporate world, HR and Administration). I learn from reading books, watching intellectually made media (TV series, movies etc) I choose what I watch wisely. I learn from conversations with people, a lot of people hold a wealth of wisdom in their brains, and its just dying to come out. #IKeepLearning
I believe that we are always learning, always students and as long as you don’t think you KNOW-IT-ALL, you will always be open to learning something NEW.
So, I went to the event and I was very impressed. I could have vlogged, and maybe I should have vlogged BUT I made some notes and I’d like to share them with you. I always say, “If something inspires you, don’t keep it to yourself, share it!" So, here goes...
1. Khadija Hashi - Vitamin D Aware
She shared that the best way to go about building an online brand is to create quality content, and high quality images at that. She said that consistency is important, you have to be consistent, you should have a schedule and a social media plan and lastly, there should be a theme behind your content. Original quality is better than quantity and you should keep business and personal separate.
2. Amaa Amo Agyei - Co-founder of Rice at home ™
She shared that you should document your journey, which she does via her podcast “Rice At Home”. I’m now a subscriber and I’ve already listened to the first episode. I had to go back to the beginning. She advised us to build a personal brand (your brand is who you are) because it influences your business. Have pillar content she said, such as a podcast or YouTube videos, post photos on Instagram/ Facebook during the week, post on Twitter and “Be different and better”. She said you should build a product or a service around what people want and need (people are hungry, feed them your product) – so basically niche marketing is important. She said let people know that your product is for them and lastly, she said JUST START, you can’t be perfect, or be an expert unless you start. Begin the process, start the journey and perfect it along the way.
3. Mohsin Mayfair - Seriel Entrepreneur and private investor
He shared that if focus on why you started your business and stop thinking about numbers and other people you will grow. Focus on the passion that pushed you to start in the first place. If something or someone doesn’t directly affect what you are doing, don’t think about it. Know your WHY! He said that everything is written for you, things happen for a reason, so change your mindset and use it for good.
4. Abraham Adams - ABVlogs on YouTube and Nalu doorags
Aside from the fact that he has an American accent (I made him aware of it on purpose, because when I’m in Florida, everyone does that to me LOL) he shared that his upbringing taught him great things that he is using in life now. He’s from New York, but currently in the UK and he said everything happens for a reason and the goal should always be to be happy, its not just about the money. Fashion is about expression, making a statement. He said “It’s not only black thugs that wear doorags! I’m an Econgrad and I wear doorags. My aim is to change the narrative through fashion.” He openly shared that even though life in business gets lonely at times, he’s not alone. He said he is here to serve, he can’t be greedy, because other people add to his life. He sees that if someone needs help that he can give, he’s willing to help and he understands that he needs everyone to help him get to where he needs to be.
There were many other young student entrepreneurs on the panel, as well as in the audience; whether established or aspiring and it was a great environment to be in. Networking is powerful, but what’s important is that what you learn must be applied. In the introduction of my book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration, I said “So when reading this book, you can read one or two teaspoons of faith and inspiration a day, or you can read page after page and ounce after ounce. What’s most important to me is that you experience a blessing, your life is elevated to another level as you take moments to meditate on the words within and put them into action immediately.” That’s the key, putting them into action. Don’t just read the words, listen to what people say and don’t act. The people above did something, the people you watch on TV and in the movies did something, the multi-millionaires you aspire to be like did something, so now its your turn to make a move. DO SOMETHING! Learn And Do Business!