I can hardly believe that this just two weeks ago, I was heading to London to host and attend some amazing business events. 

I arrived in London on Wednesday morning, attended the IHC 3 Graduation event at the Ritz on Thursday as an alum and guest expert, had an incredible time at a breakfast hosted by a British soap star and a top social media influencer on Friday morning, and then hosted my own mastermind {with my #bizbestie Noor Hibbert and my #copywritingbff Sara Anna Powers} on Saturday. 

It was a whirlwind trip, and I'm super excited to share a few lessons I learned along the way! 

Lesson Number One: Connections matter! 

I remember how nervous I was to sign up for IHC last year... yet I knew something was calling me to sign up for the program! I attended the live graduation event last October, but going back this time was a completely different experience. 

You see, as a result of the connections I made within the group and with the help of my coach Emily {who founded the program}, I've grown my business to more than five times what it was when I joined the program. I just added my seventeenth team member to my company. And as I looked around the room at the Ritz, I saw my colleagues, my mastermind partners, AND my clients. 

The connections I've made with these incredible women in business will continue to thrive, and I'm incredibly grateful for them. 

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Lesson Number Two: Meet people in person whenever possible! 

This point really hit home when Noor and I hosted our Powerhouse Mastermind at the Citizen M hotel on Saturday {I've posted some photos below; the space was incredible and our room overlooked the Tower of London}! 

When you're running a business that's primarily online, it's easy to hide behind your computer screen {especially for an introvert like me}. 

But there's no better way to build the "know, like and trust" factor that's so key to being a genuine, authentic business success than by meeting someone in person and giving them a hug. 

You just can't replicate the sense of closeness and understanding that you can build with someone when you meet them in person. 

Noor and I had the privilege of hosting 10 women for our intimate mastermind event, and we watched in excitement as new partnerships were forged and accountability partners were created. 

{We're hosting another mastermind experience in June in New York City if you'd like the chance to forge these in-person connections! There are only a few spots left!}

 

Lesson Number Three: Leave time to enjoy life! 

Ok, this one is the toughest! I love love love my work, and I'm totally passionate about serving my clients to the very best of my ability. This means that I work hard and I work often. 

I realized once I got to London that I'd need to be on client calls and working within my business during a lot of my "down time" throughout the trip. In fact, I actually spent most of Friday afternoon catching up on work. Like I said, I love what I do, and most of the time, it doesn't even feel like work to me. 

However, I realized on this trip that I didn't leave myself quite enough space and time to just relax and enjoy the sights! So next Spring when I'm back, I'm totally going to give myself a day to sight-see! 

My advice to you? Don't get SO wrapped up in your work that you lose out on special and unique experiences. 

If you're traveling for work, try to build in a least a day where you get to explore the city you're visiting. 

And if you're working from home, build in breaks {a quick walk, a cup of coffee, a yoga class} to make sure that you're not all work and no play! 

These moments of leisure will actually make you more productive in the long run.

All in all, it was an amazing trip, and I can't wait to return again!  


XOXO, 

Rachel
The Techspert™




P.S. Remember to grab your seat to The Powerhouse Mastermind on Saturday, June 10, in New York City. 

You'll get a
 full day of masterminding with me and my biz bestie! With only a few slots available {and some amazing bonuses -- like a professional photographer and a bonus event at Kate Spade in NYC}, we could have priced this wwwaayyyyy higher than $197, but we wanted to make it accessible to those who need it the most! Tickets will sell out! 

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