I have a saying that I painted on a large bowl at Color Me Mine. It says, "If a thing's worth doing, it's worth overdoing." It's a personal mantra and Micheals Store pulled that off in a most luxurious way.
OVERDO - Doing too much, using too much, having excess or going to the extreme.
Obviously, over doing can be over done. If it's over done all the time then it ceases to be overdoing and just becomes the norm. (Hope that all made sense overusing the words over done and doing ;) For most of us our lives are not over run with over doing.
The 8th thing I learned at Michaels Makers Summit - Don't Underestimate The Wow!
With everyone on the simplify bandwagon I sometimes wondered if overdoing was a bad thing. But being on the receiving end of the Michaels "over doers" it became clearer to me why I sometimes overdo.
Don't underestimate the wow! The dazzle and things just dripping in detail are utterly worth it if you want to delight someone. That's why I do it. I want others to go away having had a memorable experience. Feeling they're significant. Knowing that they were worth the extra effort. And I suspect that was a part of the Michaels Team's purpose.
How did Michaels wow us?
First was picking a place like Carmel Valley Ranch. They didn't have to pick someplace so nice. So many beautiful spots at the Ranch! The intention was clear, they wanted us to feel special.
Second were the instructors. It's not everyday that one of your instructors is the super watercolorist/artist Jane Davenport who comes from Austraila to teach, or another that does parties for Rihanna and weddings for people like Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank) to Kym Johnson or a sweet, inspiring message just for us from Heidi Swapp. And there were even more teachers. Yeah, Michaels Store overdoing!
And the last that I'll share was the gifting. It seemed every time we walked into a room there was another gift waiting. Not that I minded being surprised. So generous.
I didn't know what to expect but I know I didn't expect what I experienced. It's hard to impress creative people who tend to be a little on the overdo side themselves. But Michaels wowed me. Being able to do that shouldn't be underestimated. Job well done.
As a side note, the Michaels Team didn't ask anything from us other than to sign a form that we wouldn't disclose anything we shouldn't. I realize they benefit from the Summit in underlying ways, they're a business, but if you treat people well and especially wow them then there's an obvious relationship that builds. I shopped at Michaels before this fantastic few days and I don't see that changing. I don't have any contracts or affiliate this or that with them. No one's making me write all this. Since I didn't have to do anything before, during or after, it left me free to really think and learn from the Summit. I just enjoyed myself immensely and thought the 20 of you my friend/followers would enjoy the creative ride too.
The other 7 things I learned from Michaels Makers Summit 2016