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Lucy Shilcock, Independent Usborne Organiser

An Inspiring Day of Dreaming Big

12th July 2019

On Thursday 27th June, 129 of our wonderful Organisers joined us for our very first Dream Bigger Day of Inspiration at the De Vere Staverton Estate in Northamptonshire.

Open to all, Dream Bigger is all about inspiring our Organisers to build their businesses in a way that works for them, helping turn their seemingly distant dreams into attainable goals. Sound enticing? Make sure you keep your eyes peeled - tickets for our October event will be on sale very soon...

So, what happened at our June Dream Bigger event?

Our jam-packed agenda kicked-off with the all-important arrival of our attendees, who were ready and eager to invest valuable time in both themselves and their business.

Our Managing Director, Mark Franklin, got proceedings underway with an inspiring message before announcing the winners of our prize draw. With three fantastic prizes up for grabs, excitement levels were high for the big reveal:

  • Sian Swan was the lucky winner of our first prize of a voucher for two at the De Vere Staverton Estate.
  • Carron Charlesworth was the lucky winner of our second prize of £100 worth of July New Titles.
  • Maria Scrivens was the lucky winner of our third prize of £50 worth of July New Titles.

Congratulations, ladies! We hope you enjoy your prizes.

Sixteen of our fabulous Leaders then took to the stage to discuss the Eight Qualities of Your Usborne You. Reflecting on their own experiences - including where they've found success and where they've faced challenges within their own businesses - their honest, moving and relatable presentations left their audience feeling both inspired and empowered. In drawing the audience together, the conversation highlighted the incredible support network fostered by our Organisers.

Brimming with fresh ideas, the room buzzed with anticipation as our very special guest, Usborne author Tamsin Winter, joined us for a Q&A. Award-winning author of the wonderful Being Miss Nobody, Tamsin also treated us to a first glimpse of her newly published second novel, Jemima Small Versus the Universe.

Tamsin had the audience mesmerised with her powerful discussion of body confidence, self-esteem, and other important themes explored in Jemima Small. Not only did our Organisers receive a unique insight into the book from a relatable and genuine voice, they also each received their very own copy which Tamsin kindly signed - a day made!

Although undoubtedly a difficult act to follow, the Art of Brilliance's Andy Whittaker kicked off the afternoon session by delivering a spirited and laugh-packed workshop, all geared around 'The Art of Being Brilliant'. 

Ever been held back by self-doubt, or a feeling of 'That could never be me...'? By uncovering the secrets of Positive Psychology, Andy helped our Leaders quieten those disruptive internal voices, introducing us all to new habits of thinking and behaviour. By redefining the limits of our comfort zones, readjusting our mindsets and harnessing the very best versions of ourselves, we were left feeling invigorated at the prospect of how this could shape the next pages of our Usborne stories.

On this inspirational note, our whirlwind day of both business and personal development was brought to a close by a final message from the MD. But not before each of our Leaders received an exclusive goody bag!

We are delighted that so many of you were inspired to Dream Bigger with us (one Organiser even joined us all the way from Romania!), and we are thrilled to confirm that we will be hosting our second Dream Bigger event on Thursday 17th October, back at the De Vere Staverton Estate in Northamptonshire. We'd love to see you there.

Here's what some of our attendees thought:

"I would highly recommend the Dream Bigger Event. It had fantastic content to support all Organisers in moving their businesses forward."

"Not only is Dream Bigger a fantastic opportunity for taking some "me" time to focus on your business, the event also helped me to reflect upon the wider opportunities available within Usborne and where I'd like to take my business next."

"The thing I love most about Usborne is the community. Dream Bigger was an amazing opportunity to meet that community face-to-face and connect with my fellow Organisers. It definitely reinforced the support system we already have in place!"

"Every single person that was sitting on my table had a sparkle in their eye and fire in their belly by the end of the day. We had so much fun, and I know that it's inspired them to do that little bit more with their businesses - which looks completely different for each of them!"

"Uplifting and inspiring - my business is certainly going to reap the benefits!"

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