Jumping in with both feet
I’m scared of heights. I guess it’s a natural fear; falling off a high thing can easily result in death or injury. It’s thankfully one of a small number of fears I carry through life, one that rarely causes a problem.
Rewind to last Friday. During a family holiday in Cyprus we spent a day sailing around the coast of Ayia Napa on a pirate ship. It was a birthday treat for my son and his cousin, my nephew, and (despite the cheesiness) turned into a brilliant day out.
Part of the itinerary was a couple of swim stops in beautiful Mediterranean coves. Now I love swimming in the sea. When that sea is warm, blue and packed with fish, it’s even better.
As we arrived at each swim stop, we made our way to the back (stern?) of the pirate ship to jump a couple of feet off the platform into the ocean. This did not trigger my fear of heights.
A few minutes into our second swim stop, my eldest daughter (Megan, 11) noticed a few foolhardy individuals were leaping into the sea from the top deck of the ship. She wanted to join in with the ‘fun’.
Quickly weighing up my fear of heights with wanting to give Megs some adventurous experiences on our holiday, I reluctantly put on a brave face, climbed the steps to the top deck, clambered over the side to find a suitable ledge, counted down from three, and…jumped.
We resurfaced safely a few seconds later, intact, smiling and with noses full of seawater.
There are occasions in life (and business) when you should carefully consider all of your options, make meticulous plans and generally take your time over things.
Sometimes though you have to jump in with both feet.
In creating Bamford Media, a great deal of planning has taken place. We’re also keen to ‘go for it’ on occasion and make big things happen, quickly.
Next summer I celebrate my 40th birthday and, for the past few years, I’ve been teasing my kids that I’m going to host a big rock concert in celebration. They laugh it off, especially at the name I’ve given it – Bamfest.
Realistically, I’m probably not going to have a music festival to celebrate my 40th birthday (although I still might), but what we are going to do is take the name Bamfest and use it for something else.
Next June, we’re hosting a one-day conference in Guildford, Surrey. It’s called Bamfest.
The premise is simple; eleven engaging speakers share the latest thinking about the art and science of marketing for Financial Planners.
I can promise you now that this will be a conference like nothing you have ever attended before.
The venue we have chosen, The Electric Theatre in Guildford, is a cracker. The speakers we are in the process of booking, who come from within and outside of financial services, are people that I know you will want to hear from. Ideas for the day itself are rolling in, promising to make Bamfest a very special experience indeed.
A first batch of ‘early bird’ tickets will go on sale on Monday 3rd September 2018, before a general release of tickets next January.
Because space at this event will be limited and I know you won’t want to miss out, please take a moment now to do a couple of things.
Firstly, visit the conference website at www.bamfestivity.co.uk. You can see on the website details of the incredible speakers who have already agreed to take part. If you sign up on the website with your email address, we will send you occasional messages with details of new speaker announcements and ticket offers.
Secondly, please click ‘going’ or ‘interested’ on the Facebook Event at www.facebook.com/events/112251149624668. This one would really help us out as it means your friends on Facebook will find out about Bamfest too.
We’re jumping in with both feet on several other big project as well, news of which we will be sharing very soon.