Our fantastic intern Naïma, shares her experience of attending our Art of Giving event.
Hi my name is Naïma I’m a 20 year old French student interning for 3 months at JennyGarrett.Global in the UK, as part of my internship. I attended the Art Of Giving event on the 20th June, which took place in Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator in London.
The event was hosted by Jenny Garrett, executive coach, author and leadership trainer. The panellists were Andrew Hulbert, founder of Pareto FM, Vee Roberts, multi-award-winning Brand and Marketing Coach, and James Adeleke, Founder & Director of Generation Success.
After a networking reception, we began the panel discussion. Jenny and the panel talked about what they do and why they were there.
They then discussed the following questions:
- How to be a great giver?
- Can you give too much?
- How can you measure the results of a reciprocation strategy?
They also shared strategies for reciprocation that have worked for them and the social action that they do via their companies.
Vee made an important point “We don’t have to be on a mission to give, as there should be no pressure when you give.”
On the point of always giving and giving too much: “Give what you can give, and if you can’t help someone, refer the person to someone else,” said James, and “When you give too much you should ask yourself why am I giving?”
In addition, sometimes giving is a hard work and not necessarily easy but Jenny felt that “You often get something unexpected in return.”
What I learned about the Art of Giving event was that we always are giving but in different ways. For instance we are giving time, giving help, giving money, giving work, giving love etc. Furthermore, I learnt that giving isn’t a mission, giving is when you can. As for anything in life it’s question of a good balance. And not to forget that giving is not giving to receive.
I believe that this will help me in my career to find a happy medium/middle ground when I give, and help me think about why I’m giving, and if my help is worthy and necessary?
We finished off the event with pizza, prosecco and networking. I appreciated this moment, not only for the pizza but because it was the first time for me to engage in networking. It was enjoyable I met different people, students, entrepreneurs, and we chatted and exchanged ideas.
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