Yesterday both Chicago and Manhattan successfully held their respective Stage It Forward (SIF) ROUNDTABLE discussions.
Earlier today I spoke with Val Allocco who was the facilitator for in Manhattan. Val said that their group had about 15 attendees at the luncheon sponsored by American Furniture Rental. (THANK YOU AFR) Val will share her own sparkling account of the 3 hour Round Tabletable discussion they had here: TRI-STATE ROUND TABLE MEETUP - NOV. 16TH, 2007 I guess the fact that Manhattan is read for their NEXT round table... tells us that SIF is on to something here.
On to the Chicago RoundTable...
IT ROCKED! In Chicago the event was graciously hosted by Brook Furniture with a wonderful lunch (and of course bottles of water.) Due to space limitations we had to limit our group to 20. But I'm thrilled to say that we had a "full house". You talk about karma... at the last minute someone could not make it and there was another fellow stager anxious to fill the seat.
EVERYONE arrived early and we started right on time. One of the most interesting things was meeting other stagers that READ our words here in Stage It Forward, but are not blogging or commenting. There was a cross section of stagers with all types of background and years (some times months) of experience.The 2 hours flew by and we ended right on time. But the house would NOT clear. People hung around and talked one on one for another 1/2 hour. The POSITIVE energy was electrifying.
I will share more of the actually content of the meeting in another post. But I will say that we came up with some FANTASTIC ideas... which we all can start working on IMMEDIATELY. Other ideas will take more time to develop... but the seed was planted. Its ready for watering.
THANKS to all who took the time to share their ideas and passion... and I would like to personally again express my thanks to Brook Furniture Rentalyour commitment to the staging industry is fantastic. I know many of you are envious that some markets have Brook Furniture to work with... while unfortunately you can't use then in TYPICAL Brook fashion, they still have a message for you that I know will mean a lot to all SIF members.
Turn on your speakers and click here for Brook's Message to SIF members.
Staging It Forward...
PS: These were 2 of 21 SIF RoundTables are scheduled across NORTH AMERICA... check here for the RoundTable closest to you. Please note... Today we added yet another location, CENTRAL FLORIDA will be hosted by Judy Kinkaid in February.
The next 2 SIF RoundTables (were ALL are welcome) will be: