At Erwin Penland’s seventh annual Food For Thought, an “unconventional convention” in Greenville, S.C., we were treated to amazing, inspirational speakers – from the Mayor of New Orleans to the founder of Movember and so much more. In addition to being served delicious food the content has really given us something to think about.
On Wednesday, April 30, the first full day of the event, Adam Garone, CEO/co-founder of Movember took the stage to tell us about his mission to raise awareness of men’s health and eventually cure prostate and testicular cancer. Movember had humble beginnings—it started among a group of friends in Australia, grew to 30 supporters, and within the first year, had 450 participants.
Today, Movember is an established, global organization that has used the power of conversation starters – yes, those crazy mustaches we see throughout November – to create change and support men’s health issues.
Garone shared his Top 10 tips and lessons in creating a thriving organization:
1.Do something you love. Passion creates persistence and infectious enthusiasm
2.Naivety is a good thing.
4.Strong leadership with a clear vision and great team are essential
5.Technology is a core asset and key accelerator
6. Word of mouth is the most effective way to build a brand people love
7. Inspire your customers to be your ambassadors
8. What you say ‘no’ to defines you more than what you say ‘yes’ to
9. The art of storytelling is key
10. Never underestimate the power of a room full of people