So on Friday 20 June and Saturday 21 June I went to my first ever Local Gov Camp. I felt a bit out of my depth at the start because I didn’t know many people and I hadn’t been to one before. But I soon got the hang of it, met some great people and got to put a lot of faces to names. So here’s some reflective thinking on the weekend.
What did I learn?
I learnt that it’s good to meet new people and really bounce off their enthusiasm and ideas. I’ve also learnt that I’m not the only one that cares about local gov. It’s great to see so many people all there for the same thing.
How will I behave differently?
Now I know what to expect I will be less nervous next time. It was my first localgov camp so I think for that reason I stood back a bit to observe. But now I have been there I am happy to proudly wear the t-shirt and jump in with both feet next time.
What held me back?
The fact it I was a localgov camp first timer.
What surprised me?
I was surprised how much everyone wanted to be there and on a Saturday too. It really showed me how much people do really want to make a difference in local gov.
What got in my way?
My nerves really played a part in approaching people and so I think for that reason I didn’t meet as many people as I would have liked. I stuck to those I knew, or knew through Twitter.
What happened today that gave me a glimpse of the future?
I have so many ideas to take away I feel like more can be done in localgov and you know what – even more can be done together!
What frustrated me?
The thing that frustrated me the most was that the person pitching was expected to lead on the conversation, however i think it should just be about creating that idea for a conversation and then letting the group talk out their ideas.
What did I do today that I do every day?
I ate some biscuits and drank some tea 🙂
I also got up very early!
What did I let go of today?
I tried to let go of the fact i get nervous at these kind of things and tried to just embrace it. I don’t go to Birmingham very often so I didn’t want to waste the opportunity.
What will I do tomorrow?
I will start to DO…
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