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11-15-2011, 02:59 PM
I attend and/or speak at more than 10 events each year. I believe that everyone has something to offer and share, and never feel like I should choose between events unless they fall on the same weekend and I have not previously made a commitment to attend one or the other.
This weekend I was at an event and three NAMsters were also there. One of them apologized when he saw me. He felt that he was being 'unfaithful' to NAMS by attending an event hosted by someone else. I told him that he was in the right place at the time, and that he would learn even more by attending.
How do you feel about attending other events? Even though I think this (NAMS) is the best event around and openly discuss my involvement with it when I am at another event, I would like to know your thoughts on this topic.
11-15-2011, 03:27 PM
I attend about six events per year. NAMS x 2 plus about 4 others. I will probably travel more once my kids are grown, but for now, it's just not my priority. They want mommy home. :) (Thank Goodness. I must be doing something right!)
At other events I find the content lacking (or really not applicable to my business model), but the networking may be good, and others vice versa. However, I challenge myself to walk into every event with the intent of getting as much out of it as humanly possible. I normally travel with or meet friends at the events that I go to, so that, if we decide it's a pitch fest or we don't care for the tone, we just spend more time brainstorming ... and sight-seeing! :) All in all, though, I directly make more money from every event that I attend, simply because I choose to make the events count.
It's so cool that the loyalty to NAMS is so strong. I love it and can totally relate! But, for those wondering, yes, you can (and should) attend other events. It'll just make you love NAMS even more. ;)
That's my 2 cents,
11-17-2011, 07:31 AM
I've been to 3 events.
Singapore in 2007 - which was only good for meeting up with all the Asia and Aussie Warriors that attended. We partied a lot and built some great connections. the show itself was a ridiculous rock show pitchfest.
Warriors Conference 2009 - In Raleigh, NC. Great meeting up with a bunch of US Warriors. There were some good presentations, but not the workshop element.
NAMS Atlanta 2010 - Hands down the best. Great workshopping and very dedicated students.
11-17-2011, 09:27 AM
I attended my first event this year.
I went to the Earn1Kaday Seminar in Vegas. I absolutely LOVED it. The presentations were informative but I also had the chance to build some amazing relationships.
It was after the sessions that I discovered real value. Sitting in the hotel lobby speaking with a few other attendees and speaking candidly with Jason Fladlien about his business was invaluable. Dennis Becker and Rachel Rofe did such a fantastic job and really poured themselves into the seminar.
I posted on the e1kaday forum 10 benefits to attending a seminar which I'll post below.
I wanted to take a moment to share 10 things I took away from Vegas:
My hope is to challenge some who were unable to make it this year to be there next time.
1. Information exchange
The free exchange of information in a seminar setting is incredible when you have a group ranging from newbies *like me* to veterans all asking and answering questions; offering insights, and sharing ideas.
2. Mindset adjustment
Wow. On my first evening at the seminar, I found myself joking with a friend via Skype that I felt like a 'mule among thoroughbreds". By the last day (after hearing Michael Gunn speak about mindset) my thinking was transformed and I realized "I AM a thoroughbred in training". A subtle shift to be sure but one that increased my expectation and confidence.
3. The 'refreshing' principle
Most of the time I absorb information while sitting at my desk, or my kitchen table or at the local coffee shop. There is nothing wrong with a familiar place, but sometimes you need a place that is 'away' or 'over there' to get you out of your zone. It forces you to plan, and adjust accordingly. Getting away gives perspective and minimizes familiar distractions.
4. Eating together
It was really cool that on each of the lunch and dinner breaks, we did not break company but more often than not groups gathered together to talk, laugh and deepen relationships. I have no doubt that money will arise out of some of those relationships.
5. Exposure to new ideas
I had never considered domain flipping as an income opportunity.
I love Facebook but never thought of it as a business model that I could consider.
I had just signed up for Linkedin a few weeks before attending the seminar (you have signed up right?)
These sessions opened my eyes to the endless potential of places to explore earning 1 k a day.
6. Community involvement
I joined e1kaday 4 or 5 months ago but felt no incentive to post as I did not have any relationships with anyone on the forum. Being involved and participating at the seminar upped the ante and it makes me want to follow up with new friends on the forum, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (um, you did sign up after reading point 5 right???)
7. Accountability to the community
I think it's safe to say that there will be a seminar next year. This year I came empty handed, feeling like a ship without a rudder. I was a consumer this year. I do not want to go back next year and be in the same place. Next year I want to be a creator. I want to bring value to the community. I want to give back tangibly.
8. The Imitation principle
There is an incredible access in a seminar setting that you just don't get often. Online in webinars, and forums I sometimes think "I wish I could be like Jason Fladlien, or Matt Rhodes, or Dennis Becker". The accessibility at an event like e1kaday changes the equation from "I wish I could..." to "How can I get to where" Going beyond that it forced me to ask what will I do, what will I create, what will i Invest in, what will I be known for?
9. A tension balance between practical/theoretical
The seminar has a great balance between the practical issues of concern as well as the philosophical reason for why we do things. Several times I was involved in conversations on not only how we do SEO, or back linking but also the 'why' of using a given method.
10. Focus, focus, focus
Dennis is a champion of focus. Pick something and do it until its done! It does not have to be perfect as he so kindly reminded us. So make your list, and systematically knock them out...Buy Action Enforcer if you need it, invest and ask questions on the forum.
This can be applied to any seminar - and I cannot wait to attend NAMS and learn even more.
11-17-2011, 10:21 AM
The event begins at the top. If the organizer's overriding purpose is to provide value for the attendees it most likely will accomplish that. If the organizer's overriding purpose is to provide value for the organizers, it most likely will accomplish that.
The great thing about NAMS is that David has a heart for people in this business, especially those just starting the journey. I attend other events whose organizers I've met or had a strong recommendation and so I'm sure their interests are aligned with mine. I always learn something new -- although fewer things than a couple of years ago but the biggest benefit now is building relationships.
Jeremy, you've got a great list there and I think your NAMS list will look similar.
12-13-2011, 12:52 PM
I also attended my first live event this year, and it was certainly worth my while. Although I've had a lovely online relationship with both Connie Green and Nicole Dean, meeting them in person, eating and having drinks, brain storming, and just getting to know them and so many others in person that I only know online has been fantastic!
Make sure you attend a few live events each year.
12-16-2011, 06:24 PM
Back atcha, Celene. :)
12-18-2011, 02:09 PM
I teach at about 4 events per year and sometimes attend another 1 or 2 as a participant. Just like no one person could teach you everything you need to know, no one event could either. All of my events do not pertain to affiliate marketing either. Some are SEO events. One is a joint venture event, etc.
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