Thursday, 17 May 2012

Stay Thirsty My Friends...

Continuing Education

I’m very much looking forward to going to JCK Las Vegas later this month.  In preparation, Steve Parker and I were talking about the schedule of events.  For those of you who don’t know, Steve owns Customgold, Courtney Gold as well as a retail store called Creative Goldsmiths.  This year, Steve, Lilian and I will be there.  Sandra and Dean from the shop are coming down to look at some new equipment.  Debbie and Jenn will be coming down from Creative.  I joked with Steve that he might have done well to charter a private jet for everyone.

He got very serious about the fact that he attributes much of our success to continued education.  Not only attending seminars, but observing trends, networking with other jewellers, meeting suppliers and seeing the latest technology first-hand.  His profound question of the day was, “would you go to a doctor who stopped learning after they graduated med-school?”

Whether it’s visiting JCK Las Vegas, the Western Canadian Jewellery Expo, staff training, taking courses or reading, there are many ways to keep fresh.  Travel costs are high.  Free ways to keep motivated and educated include reading no-charge jewellery magazines, blogs (like The Toddwaz Report), net-surfing and working with suppliers to invite product knowledge presentations.

Stay thirsty my friends…

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