When I think about all the influences that have affected my business in a good way, I’d have to say that live seminars have had the most profound effect. From learning new insights and strategies to meeting new friends and networking, seminars should be a vital part of your “continuing education” for your business. Most of my friends, JVs, speaking engagements and quantum leaps in my income have all come from live events…period.
I’ll never forget the first Big Seminar I attended (Armand Morin’s huge event). I was there as I guest of my friend, David Hancock of Morgan James Publishing. It was my first live event ever and I didn’t know ANYONE! I had just completed my Public Domain Code Book and had big dreams of connecting with someone…anyone…who would consider promoting the product to their list. I didn’t even have an affiliate program in place…lol. There were a few folks that I had started following and really wanted to meet them. One of those “gurus” was Pat O’Bryan, now a good friend of mine.
I wanted to show Pat my book because I knew he was using Public Domain content for product creation and was making a killing at it. The only problem was that every time I saw him at that Big Seminar, I chickened out. On the last day, right before the end of the event, I made up my mind that, no matter what, I was going to talk to Pat. As I walked up to open the doors to enter the event ballroom, the door suddenly swung open and nearly whacked me in the head, and standing right in front of me was Pat. We nearly ran into each other…lol. Well, long story short, I gave Pat a copy of my book, which ultimately resulted in him promoting it to his list, using it to teach from in his seminars and ultimately being invited to speak at several of his events. All because I was at THAT Big Seminar and talked with him. Seminars have also resulted in other important friendships and relationships with some of my favorite people in the world…some well known marketers and others who are just starting out!
And then there is the teaching…
Some of the best business strategies I’ve learned (AND implemented) came from live events! Most speakers really over deliver, but be prepared to take LOTS of notes. More importantly, when you get home, DO something with that info. By implementing strategies I learned at live events, I have ALWAYS seen my income jump…sometimes by a factor of 4 or 5. That’s powerful!
So…as you can tell…I strongly recommend that you make the investment in your business (and yourself) and get out to live events. Meet people, pay attention, hang out in the restaurant or bar and take lots of notes! If I am at the event, talk to me! I LOVE meeting my subscribers and blog readers! As a matter of fact, you will have an opportunity to benefit from the BEST seminar out there…the one I attended first that helped launch my online career…Big Seminar. The LAST one ever is happening November 5-7, 2010 in Las Vegas. I will be there networking and learning and I’d LOVE to connect with you there. This is ONE investment in your business that I cannot recommend highly enough.
Will I see you there? Hope so!