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Unlocking the Power of Inbound '23: A Journey of Learning, Connection, and Team Building

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EverWonder Team

October 19, 2023

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HubSpot's Inbound 2023 event

In the fast-paced world of digital marketing and business innovation, staying ahead of the curve is a must, not just an option. And there's one event that truly embodies the spirit of modern marketing like no other—Inbound 2023. Whether you're a die-hard Inbound fan or completely new to this exciting world, brace yourself for some serious inspiration.

So, let's dive into what makes Inbound so special, why you absolutely can't miss it, and how it's a game-changer for our team's growth and bonding.

What is Inbound?

Inbound, if you haven't heard of it yet, is way more than your average conference—it's like a big brainstorming session, a hub of fresh ideas, and a goldmine of networking opportunities all rolled into one. Picture this: Inbound isn't just an event; it's an annual conference that flips our notions of marketing, innovation, and business strategy on their heads. And who's the mastermind behind it all? None other than HubSpot, the trailblazing titans of the technology & marketing industry. Inbound's got this magnetic pull that brings in pros, entrepreneurs, and big thinkers from every nook and cranny of the business world.

And this year, it was no different. Inbound 2023 was a gathering of the minds! Industry giants, innovators, and dreamers all came together to soak up HubSpot's wisdom and bask in the brilliance of its superstar lineup.

Our Diverse Delegation

We had three of our team members representing us at this year's event: Brian, the big cheese and the mastermind behind EverWonder; Mariana, our design virtuoso; and Sabina, our marketing and operations maestro. Now, since we come from diverse backgrounds, each of us naturally gravitated toward different sessions. Here are our combined top 5 favorites: the one and only Reese Witherspoon, baseball legend Derek Jeter, the brilliant neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, and the incredible diversity advocate Vrnda "V" Boykin. These sessions were absolute gems, and left us feeling energized and inspired.

Diverse Perspectives, Common Favorites

1. Derek Jeter: Leadership Lessons from the Baseball Diamond

Derek Jeter attending inbound

Derek Jeter, the baseball legend, really brought a grounded perspective on leadership to the conference, and his insights had a profound impact on our team. He went beyond the realm of sports and connected with us on a personal level. 

Jeter candidly shared his journey of learning patience later in life and the importance of self-awareness when we find ourselves lacking in patience —something we can all relate to. He emphasized the idea that it's not just about reacting, but responding thoughtfully, especially when faced with challenging situations.

One key message he drove home was the authenticity of passion. Jeter stressed the significance of discipline and hard work, which align perfectly with our team's core values and aspirations for excellence.

Another eye-opening point Jeter discussed was the power of reflection. He encouraged us to revisit past interactions and consider how we could have handled them differently. He emphasized the humility required for this self-reflection and how it plays a pivotal role in personal growth—a lesson that deeply resonated with our team.

And last but not least, Jeter left us with a thought-provoking question: "Are you celebrating your wins?" He stressed the importance, particularly in the agency world, of not dwelling solely on setbacks but also acknowledging the creative successes and deals closed. It's a reminder to keep our focus on the positive and strive for continual improvement.

2. Vrnda "V" Boykin: Championing Diversity and Inclusion

v boykin and her hubspot community at inbound

Vrnda "V" Boykin really dropped some knowledge bombs when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. She flipped the script and made a powerful case for going beyond mere equality and aiming for something more robust: equity for women. Here's the deal—equality is like a one-size-fits-all approach, but equity? Well, that's about acknowledging and tackling the unique hurdles that women often face on their professional journeys.

Instead of sitting around and waiting for permission to level the playing field, equity steps up and says, "Hey, women deserve the support and resources they need to thrive in their careers!" It's all about creating an environment where women have the tools and opportunities to achieve their career goals and aspirations. And here's the kicker—when women succeed, it's not just a win for them; it's a win for all of us, elevating the workplace and  society. 

3. Andrew Huberman: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mind

andrew huberman at hubspot's inbound conference

Andrew Huberman's session at the HubSpot Inbound conference was a fan favorite. He took us on a mind-blowing journey into the science of motivation and how our mindset can be the driving force behind our success.

Huberman made it crystal clear that understanding how our brains operate can play a huge role in both our personal and professional lives. But here's the best part—he didn't just drop fancy theories; he dished out practical tips that you can put into action right away.

  1. Hydration is key: Make sure to drink 16-32 ounces of water in the morning, and ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. 

  2. Sunlight: Prioritize getting some sunlight (outside, ideally) first thing in the morning. This will increase catecholamines (like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine) as well as cortisol which helps provide a boost of much needed energy.

  3. Movement: A mix of cardiovascular and resistance training is optimal. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and off-sets cognitive decline.

  4. Caffeine: If possible, delay your morning caffeine intake by 90-120 minutes after waking. This will prevent the dreaded afternoon crash.

  5. Cold Shower: Starting your day with an ice-cold shower will massively increase your level of focus and energy.

Whether you're chasing your personal dreams or gunning for professional glory, Huberman's advice serves as a roadmap to harness the incredible power of your own mind. After his session, folks walked out of there buzzing with inspiration and armed with actionable tools to supercharge their journey to success.

Even John Mulaney got in on the action with a skit about Huberman's interview—that's when you know it's worth the hype!

4. Reese Witherspoon: A Glimpse into the World of Storytelling

Reese Witherspoon at Inbound 2023

Reese Witherspoon's chat at the HubSpot Inbound Conference was like a front-row seat to attend a masterclass in being real and bouncing back from life's curveballs. She brought grace and straight-up honesty to the table, making it clear that walking the talk and living in sync with your values is where it's at.

One of her nuggets of wisdom? It's okay to put your hands up and say, "I don't have a clue about this." In fact, she made it sound like a superpower because it's the first step to soaking up knowledge and growing like a champ.

But hold on, there's more. Reese spilled the beans about her wild ride in the business world—from launching her own clothing line to setting up a studio that's all about putting women in the driver's seat. Her tales hit home with the crowd, showing us that if you've got grit and can roll with the punches, you can turn your dreams into reality.

Reese's interview was like a double shot of espresso for your motivation. It reminded us that success often plays hide-and-seek with uncertainty, and the key is to stay true to yourself and bounce back when life throws a curveball your way. 

Key Takeaways and Themes 

Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of what really stuck with us from Inbound '23. These are the big takeaways that had everyone buzzing over coffee breaks and happy hours.

First off, mindset was the name of the game. Speakers hammered home the idea that how we think can make or break our success. It's all about that positive, can-do attitude!

Storytelling took center stage too. We learned that crafting a compelling narrative can turn your message into pure gold. So, if you've got a story to tell, shout it from the rooftops!

Leadership and teamwork? They're like peanut butter and jelly. You can't have one without the other. The conference drove home the importance of strong leadership and collaborating like a well-oiled machine.

And let's not forget the diversity and inclusion message. It's not just a buzzword; it's a must-do. Inclusion is the name of the game, and it's about time we all played.

As for the networking, it was epic! Attendees mingled with their tribe, formed new partnerships, and chatted up the latest marketing and business trends. Workshops, panels, events, and interactive sessions? They were like sprinkles on the cupcake, adding that extra layer of awesome to the whole experience.

Conclusion

Inbound '23, hosted by HubSpot, was quite the experience for all of us who showed up. The speakers, like Andrew Huberman, Reese Witherspoon, Derek Jeter, and Vrnda Boykin, really hit the mark. Their talks left us feeling pretty darn inspired and ready to tackle the world.

The conference drove home the fact that in today's business jungle, you've got to keep learning and keeping those connections alive. It's a wild ride out there, and you've got to stay in the loop.

Now, as we look back on all the cool stuff we learned, we're itching to put these lessons into action on our own journeys. And you better believe we're already excited about what the next conferences have up their sleeves. Check out photos from our experience below!

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