Lessons from DMJ: Saying Yes to Opportunities Outside of Comfort Zone

Delivering Marketing Joy is an award-winning interview show that helps marketers level up.  Each week, Kirby Hasseman interviews the best and brightest minds in marketing to help you level up.  This time on Lessons from DMJ, Kirby talks with Taylor Borst about creating great events and saying YES to opportunities outside of your comfort zone.

In this Delivering Marketing Joy, Taylor Borst, the Senior Director of Marketing and Vendor Relations at ASB, pulls back the curtain to reveal the intricate behind-the-scenes work that goes into orchestrating successful events. Taylor’s insights offer a unique perspective on the event planning and marketing industry, highlighting the importance of collaboration, continuous learning, and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone.

From discussing upcoming events to the evolution of her role, Taylor provides a comprehensive overview of her work at ASB. She delves into the importance of building relationships within the industry, the challenges and insights gained in vendor relations, and the philosophy behind creating events that foster long-lasting connections.

Upcoming Events

As the Senior Director of Marketing and Vendor Relations at ASB, Taylor Borst is always looking ahead to the next big event. In the video, she mentions two upcoming events that the team is currently preparing for – an end-user show in Minnesota and a similar event in Denver. These events are significant milestones in ASB’s calendar, requiring meticulous planning and coordination.

Each event is a unique opportunity for ASB to showcase its offerings and build relationships with end users. The team puts in a lot of effort to ensure that each event is a success, from securing the venue to coordinating with vendors and ensuring that every attendee has a memorable experience.

ASB Accelerate Event and Summit

ASB is also gearing up for an ASV accelerate event and their 10th-anniversary Summit. These events are significant landmarks for the company, marking a decade of success and growth. The ASV Accelerate event is designed to fast-track the success of ASB’s partners, providing them with valuable insights and resources.

The 10th-anniversary Summit, on the other hand, is a celebration of ASB’s journey so far. It’s an opportunity for the team to reflect on their achievements, learn from their experiences, and set goals for the future. Taylor and her team are working tirelessly to ensure that these events are memorable and impactful.

Website Refresh and Trend Report

In addition to planning events, ASB is also working on a website refresh and updating a trend report for sales associates. The website refresh is a crucial project aimed at improving the user experience and showcasing ASB’s offerings in the best possible light. The updated trend report, on the other hand, will provide sales associates with valuable insights into the latest industry trends, helping them stay ahead of the curve.

Both these projects underscore ASB’s commitment to continuous improvement and staying at the forefront of the industry. They are a testament to the team’s dedication to providing the best resources and support to their partners and associates.

Collaboration and Building Relationships

One of the key themes that Taylor emphasizes in the video is the importance of collaboration and building relationships in the industry. She believes that success in the event planning and marketing industry is built on strong relationships – with vendors, partners, and attendees.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything ASB does. From planning events to updating their website, every project is a team effort. Taylor also highlights the importance of building strong relationships with vendors, as these partnerships are crucial for the success of their events.

Evolution of Role and Insights in Vendor Relations

Taylor also discusses the evolution of her role at ASB and the insights she has gained in vendor relations. Over the years, she has learned to navigate the challenges of vendor relations, gaining valuable insights that have helped her in her role.

She talks about the importance of understanding the needs and expectations of vendors, and how this understanding can help create successful events. Her experiences in vendor relations have also taught her the importance of flexibility and adaptability in the fast-paced world of event planning and marketing.

Creating Events with Great Experiences and Long-lasting Connections

Creating events that provide great experiences and foster long-lasting connections is at the heart of ASB’s philosophy. Taylor shares how the team focuses on every attendee as a customer, ensuring that each person feels valued and appreciated.

They prioritize attendee feedback, utilizing a vendor advisory board for input, and conduct multiple site visits for each property to ensure everything is perfect. They also learn from other industry events, constantly seeking ways to improve and provide the best experience for their attendees.

Saying Yes to Opportunities Outside of Comfort Zone

Taylor emphasizes the importance of saying yes to opportunities outside of one’s comfort zone. She believes that growth comes from challenging oneself and stepping into the unknown. She cautions against using boundaries as a crutch and encourages intentional decision-making.

Whether it’s taking on a new project or stepping into a new role, Taylor believes in embracing challenges and learning from them. This mindset has been instrumental in her success and is a key part of ASB’s culture.


In conclusion, Taylor highlights the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and continuous learning in the event planning and marketing industry. She believes that success comes from working together, building strong relationships, and constantly seeking ways to improve.

Her insights offer a unique perspective on the industry, shedding light on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating successful events. Whether you’re an industry professional or just curious about what goes on behind the scenes, Taylor’s insights offer valuable lessons and inspiration.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.