Don’t write this off as too airy fairy to apply to your business – the fundamental principles of manifestation in this context are grounded in organisational theory. Additionally, HuffPost have actually signposted vision boards as useful tools for individuals and entrepreneurs, and even highlighted some psychological reasons why vision boards work!
But if the whole law of attraction and manifesting the thing of your desire isn’t your cup of tea, just skip ahead a wee bit, because I’m still going to talk you through how the development of a vision board will help you in bringing the event of your dreams to life.
But what is a vision board?
A vision board is a tool that’s helpful in the visualisation of goals and dreams, often employed by people who practice the law of attraction. At its very core, a vision board is a collection of aspirations, goals, words and items that represent what you want to achieve. It’s a prominent and daily visual reminder of what you’re working towards – anything that inspires and motivates you belongs on the board. I’m going to go into more detail about how to craft your vision board shortly.
And how does a vision board work?
When you display a physical collection of inspirational items in a prominent place, it offers you the opportunity to visualise your upcoming event at various points in your day. This links in with the law of attraction – which is the belief that you become that which you focus your energy on. A vision board for your event will therefore offer you the opportunity to visualise everything you want your event to be, and to focus your energy on it, in order to manifest it.
Beyond all of this though, a vision board is a useful tool to organise your thoughts around what you do and don’t want your event to be. It’s a visual check-list, just for you!
Below are four steps you should be taking in order to craft your vision board for your event. These steps are designed to give you clarity in your thinking, and confidence in the event that you’re putting together.
Make a list of what you don’t want
Bear with me here – it may seem counterintuitive to list what you don’t want for your event, because you’ll be investing time and energy into the negative aspects. However, the more detail you can unpack around what you don’t want, the closer you can get to uncovering exactly what you do want.
You can start this list by thinking about experiences you’ve had at events that you didn’t enjoy and wouldn’t want to emulate at your own event. For example – maybe you attended an event and left the venue for lunch at a café. There was a delay with your order, and as a result you missed the first 15 minutes of a seminar you were interested in. If this was your experience, in listing what you don’t want for your own event, it could be as simple as saying that you don’t want attendees leaving the venue for refreshments.
Once you work out specifically what it is you don’t want for your event, you can begin reverse-engineering it to avoid them. Continuing on from our above example, in not wanting attendees to leave the venue for refreshments, a potential solution here is to provide food and beverage at the venue, at all points of the day.
Don’t get too wrapped up in your list of what you don’t want – but be decisive. This is the first step towards clarity around the identity of your event.
Make a “Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If…” list
Have some fun with this part, and really let your dreams run wild! This is my favourite part of this whole vision board process, because there’s no limit to what is possible here.
This could be as big as having a high-profile, international speaker giving the keynote address, or could be as simple as having beautiful, branded stationery available for every single attendee. When you close your eyes and think of your dream event, what do you see? Write them down!
Make a final “I’m Ready To Receive” list
The more detail you’ve packed into your first two lists, the easier this one will be to create. This list is all about being decisive in what you want for your event, and is designed to make you ready, available and excited to receive everything that you want for your dream event!
Write this list with positive energy – take the reverse-engineered solutions from your first list, and turn them into a positive. Instead of saying “I don’t want attendees to miss out on information because they didn’t have note-taking implements with them”, make it a positive affirmation, akin to “I want my attendees to get the most out of my event and speakers, which I will achieve by providing them with stationery and pens to take as many notes as they want”.
Get to work on your vision board
Use your list from task 03 to craft your vision board. This should really speak to you – everything that goes on the board needs to fill you with joy, passion and enthusiasm for your event. The items on your vision board can be anything, from photos, business cards, sample catering menus, example stationery, keywords – literally anything!
Think of these as the key themes to include on your event vision board and ways to visually represent each of them:
- Theme for your event
- Topics you want to be covered at your event
- Speakers you would like to present
- The number of attendees you want for your event
- Who you would like to attend your event
- The ideal date you would like to host your event
- The experience would you want attendees to have at your event
Once you’ve developed your event vision board, display it somewhere prominent – somewhere where you’ll see it every day, at various points of your day.
And in no time, you’ll have manifested the event of your DREAMS.