Live Events Will Get Your Business On The Success Train

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Live Events Make A Huge Difference For Your Business

I’ve attended 5 live events this year and truthfully, I don’t know how I pulled it off.  I got the bug when I attended Jonathan Budd’s Unstoppable Entrepreneur and Unstoppable Millionaire. Those two events were life changing, so I decided I wanted to participate in future events as much as possible.

Attending live events means arranging time commitments, money for the flight and hotel, and expenses during the event such as food and  transportation. I do not like flying at all. But as I reflect back on 2012, WOW! What a year! Attending live events have made a huge impact on my business and has helped me to reach my goals for this year, set long term goals for the future.  In my opinion, it is worth your time regardless of your level in the industry.

Personally meeting fellow marketers and teammates is a blast. It is especially wonderful when a relationship has already been built online, so the anticipation of meeting online colleagues is a real kick. It’s fun to match the avatar with a real person.  The one to one live contact is worth its weight in gold!

These are the live events I attended this year:

May 24-26 Matt Lloyd’s Online Income Revolution, San Diego, California
August 10-12 Daegan Smith’s Invisible Funnel Workshop, Washington DC
September 27-29 Matt Lloyd’s Add The Nitrous, San Diego, California
October 19-21 Live The Dream 3, Dallas, Texas
December 7-9 List Publishers Profits Mastermind, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Daegan Smith, “The King!”

I want to share my experience of my most recent event, the LPP Mastermind. It was held in Las Vegas on December 7-9. We stayed at the Hardrock Hotel, which was an experience in itself. The hotel is laden with pictures, exhibits, paraphernalia, and costumes from almost every rock star or band you can think of. Some of them included Elton John, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, The Who..well you get the picture.

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Daegan Smith and Raena Lynn

Recently I read a post from Clint Butler about Daegan Smith and storytelling.  I posted my comment so you can understand my history with Daegan:

I had the honor of meeting Daegan for the first time this year at Matt Lloyd’s Online Income Revolution live event in San Diego, California. I was already an affiliate for him because I knew that he has some of the best marketing and training products offered on the internet. Daegan is who we call the “The Grandpa.” He mentored Jonathan Budd, Mike Dillard, Matt Lloyd, David Wood and the list goes on and on. He has a gift to inspire people to reach their dreams, and at the present time, he is helping me do the same.

Again, I was fortunate enough to work with him when I attended his Invisible Funnel seminar in Washington DC. It was a very small group and we were able to have lots of one on one time with Daegan. That workshop made me realize what a gem he is. We actually presented our own stories to each other and it was very powerful! I’ve heard for a long time to “share your story” but you are right. I know I hesitated because of fear. Daegan has taught me that transparency is King.  That is what I love about Daegan. He holds nothing back…he says it like it is and has no fear of sharing his struggles. So many people relate to him because of his storytelling. He also delivers the best emails to my inbox. Why? Most of them are stories and his success comes from what you mentioned in your post. “You cannot push a person to have a new belief.  But if you connect with your prospect with your story.  They will move to action, opposed to you moving to them.”

I am working with Daegan and one of his programs at the present time, and I feel he has shown me the path I have been looking for. I cannot express how much I have learned from him and being around him is like basking in success! It has a way of rubbing off because he sees the potential in everyone and knows anyone can succeed if they set their mind and heart to achieve.

Every presenter including Daegan provided rock solid real time training. They included Emka Strimaitis, Jason Gazaway, Carlos Barhona and Robert Fulton. I applaud all of them for giving their best to the group. They all hit 110% in content and effort.

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Daegan Smith, Emka Strimaitis, Jason Gazaway, and Carlos Barhona.

Attending live events has changed my perspective on the industry, success, and my personal development.

If you have been reluctant to attend any live event because you have collected excuses such as not having the money to attend, or you cannot get off work, or you don’t like to travel,  consider these 5 Reasons why you should make it happen. Live events are a crucial segment of this industry and you are missing a lot.

1) Networking-You have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs. Personal meetings can lead to all types of opportunity for your business. Placing yourself in a position to meet successful people will help you realize what is possible and there are so many leverage opportunities. You are positioning yourself as a leader.

2) Training-My experience has been that the training is always over-delivered. The hosts want people to attend future events so they make sure the training is excellent and participants always get extra bonuses and goodies! I have never been disappointed with the content and value I get from attending.

3) Joint Venture Opportunities-Again, personal contact increases your chances of forming joint ventures, if that is something of interest. It’s a great way to use leverage.

4) Exposure to the best programs on the internet-Most live events are hosted by the most top notch marketers and are generally attended by people who are serious about making their business a success. Most events will have speakers and most speakers will have a product to sell, which is great because their products can, and usually will, help you excel in your business.

5) Social Gatherings and Having Fun-Meeting socially during the events is a great way to bond and get to know the participants on a personal level. Going out to dinner and chatting, or you may be the party type. Either way you choose to socialize, learning about other people’s families, history, or their business is another way to connect and create great relationships. Some people use part of their time at live events for vacation depending upon the venue.

You don’t have to attend every live event that comes along. At least attend one that will have a positive impact on your business. I will continue to travel and network and learn. Every event has added more to my journey to succeed.

Have you attended any live events? Which ones? Was it worth it to you? I’d appreciate if you share your comments.

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22 thoughts on “Live Events Will Get Your Business On The Success Train

  1. Adrienne
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    I’m exhausted just reading the list of all the events you’ve attended Raena plus I know of all the hard work you’ve put in as well with all the programs you’ve been a part of. My goodness girl, I seriously don’t know how you find the energy. Heck, I thought I had a lot of it but you have me beat by miles.

    I admit not having attended a “lot” of events but the ones I have I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. I was pretty intimidated by a lot of those people which is probably why I held back and just listened more then talked. You “KNOW” I’m a talker so that was a little hard.

    I’ve never really been a part of any of Daegan’s programs although I have definitely heard of him. I have no doubt though that you are on the right path with the right mentoring so 2013 is going to be awesome for you Raena.

    I look forward to hearing what you’re doing and hope you’ll be teaching us along the way.

    Enjoy your weekend now.

    ~Adrienne

  2. Richard Goutal
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    One of the things I emphasize a lot is the value of live events – not so much for the training (that part should be obvious enough) but because of the other benefits you listed: networking, social (getting support for the otherwise lonely biz of being a “solo” entrepreneur), and developing partnerships or JVs.

    I am delighted to hear about these particular events which I will be adding to my list. (I have a site dedicated to this, and am just developing a calendar of events for the site.)

    In response to your question, Two events I attended this past year were NAMS, and JVAlert.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. I think you have a valuable live event site. If I knew then what I know now, then being attending my first event, your information would be valuable and lucrative. I knew having business cards to have available to the people you meet during the event is a good idea, but in reality, there is so much more to it. It’s important to actually get to know the people you meet as much as you can during the event. I didn’t understand that forming partnerships and JV’s was one of the main reasons people attended the events. There is a lot of activity going on, especially during the social times. Of course, I’ve learned so much by taking the time and resources to attend many of them. One thing I didn’t mention is what to do when you get home. Follow-up is just as important as attending. Good luck with your web site…great idea!

      Raena Lynn

  3. I have to say the one thing I miss about direct sales is the live events. You are so right with each of your points. It didn’t matter how exhausted I was going into a conference, on the plane home I was buzzing with energy and new ideas. For better or worse, writer’s conferences just don’t have quite the same level of energy.

  4. Martin Casper
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    Good for you Raena Lynn. You understand the need to focus and push through as an entrepreneur. I have never attended an event by Daegan Smith, but I know that he is a marketing rock star. Merry Christmas.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for stopping by. Gosh, everyone has been so busy doing their thing. It’s been an exciting year. I can’t believe Christmas is coming so soon! Take care and good luck with all of your new ventures!

      Raena Lynn

  5. Viola Tam
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    Hi Rae,

    Wow, you are wise to be associated with all those great leaders! I agree with you that there are lots of benefits in attending events. The JV opportunity is one that many people tend to underestimate. Attending events is one of the best ways to fast track success!

    Often, leaders are ‘created’ at events. New team members are inspired to step up after seeing the bigger picture and rubbing off the amazing energy amongst the leaders!

    Thanks, Rae!

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Viola,

      Nice to meet you. I found you through the 50 Top Blogs Contest :). I really like your blog and thank you for stopping by. You are right on target with JV opportunities. The more events I attend, the more awesome people I get to meet and the more opportunity for success comes my way. I feel so honored to have met so many of my favorites! I think attending five in a year is enough for me. They are great, but can be exhausting too! I know some of the top leaders attend a lot more in a year, especially if they are speaking.

      Leaders are definitely created at live events. I’ve actually seen that happen this year with several young entrepreneurs. It’s an incredible thing to watch. You make a good point about seeing the big picture too. I believe I should add that to the list of benefits of attending live events.

      Raena Lynn

  6. Sue Price
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    Hi Raena

    Wow that is a lot of events you have attended. I am yet to go to one of these type of events.

    As you know I was CEO for an events company in Australia and we promoted American speakers. The biggest attraction was Robert Kiyosaki but also many other great ones. So at that time I spent most of my life travelling and in events.

    To be honest when that was over I was over events!

    But I of course know the impact of them for all the reasons you have stated. We had a strong community here in Australia through the events and many people have become great friends.

    I say one thing though to anyone attending the events – implement! I have seen what we called “event junkies” who attend every event and implement nothing.

    Good on you for doing so many and I know you are implementing.

    Sue

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sue,

      Too much of a good thing can be too much! I’ll bet you got a little tired after awhile. Wow, I would love to go to a Robert Kiyosaki event! Making friends is the number one reason for attending. I know a few “event junkies” myself and I completely agree that implementation is key. I realized after I wrote the post, I needed to include follow up and implementation….maybe it’s not too late!

      Raena Lynn

  7. Rick Lelchuk says:

    Raena,

    First of all Hardrock’s are a blast if for nothing more than the rock memoribilia.

    You are absolutely right about attending live events. The value in going toe to toe with those who have been there and done that is incaluable. With our major move this year our attendance at live events has fallen off substanitally.

    Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to have a serious discussion with my wife about what event is next for us.

    Happy holidays!

    RICK

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Rick,

      Yes, staying at the Hardrock was so interesting. We didn’t have a lot of “off time” but when we did, I wandered around and checked out the memorabilia. I’m not a great fan of hard rock, but there were enough displays of the music I grew up with, so I found it very enjoyable. I know you two went through a major move this past year and by now you may be settled. I know you made the right decision from what I read. Let me know how your serious discussion goes! Thanks for stopping by.

      Raena Lynn

  8. Hey Raena,

    I have been speaking to you all through the events you have been to, an we couldn’t even talk about them because you were always preparing to go to the next one lol!

    I went with David to Daegan’s small group in DC and did we learn a lot. David received training there that was priceless. He and I are implicating those email stories he he

    I also know how hard you were working on Futuristic. My gosh, every time I met with you on a Google Hangout, I can remember all the running around you were doing and the work! In one hangout, I recall we were all talking and you checked your other computer and had something like three sales…Whoopie!

    I am glad I was part of your journey and look forward to be part of all the actions you will be taking.

    Donna

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Donna,

      I’m so glad you were able to go with David to Daegan’s course in DC! (Triple D!)…I remember PM’ing you when you were in the hotel room! Of course you were working on your blog! You were trying to “catch up.” Meeting Daegan has been one of this years highlights for me, and I would guess for you too. The workshop was priceless.

      I am glad you are a part of my journey and I am a part of yours too! I remember when you made the announcement that you and David were joining together in business. I didn’t even know he was your husband! You two are wonderful together and I think you should make more videos! I’ve enjoyed them a lot! You know we’ve been talking about products lately, and I know you will come out with an awesome product. You have so much knowledge and practical experience in so many fields! You will do great and we will support you through it. Wow, 2013 is going to be an interesting year!

      Raena Lynn

  9. Michael A. Buccilli
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    Raena, I sure am exhausted just reading about all the recent “live” events that you have gone to; of course you had talked about your most recent event in Las Vegas with our Tuesday night Mastermind group and I am in awe of your ability to keep going. (Though I detected a slight yawn – lol).

    I can attest to the wonderful effects of participating in “live” events as I have been to three “networking” events here in Cleveland, Ohio aboard the river Cruise ship the “Nautica Queen”. I have attended an “invitation only” event centered on “Offshore Investing” a few years back as well. I, however, did not attend these in such quick succession as it seems you have.

    These “live” events help to not only help keep the motivational level high but as the others who have commented one can learn so much. In many cases friendships can be formed and affirmed.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Michael,

      Live events are great, and they can be exhausting. I’ve never regretting attending any of them, even if we are on a challenging schedule. Most of them are well balanced, but a couple of them is constant motion! I’ve met so many wonderful people in marketing and I want to continue attending as many as I can.

      Attending a networking event on a cruise? That sounds like a blast! I would guess that you had some time in between your events. I would have preferred that, however, this year was so active and it seemed everyone thought it was a good idea to host an event, so it seemed there was one every month!

      I’m so glad you are a part of our group and 2013 should be a kick!

      Raena Lynn

      1. Michael A. Buccilli
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        I am so looking forward to 2013 Raena; and the “Networking Cruise” was so uplifting and beneficial. I met several awesome entrepreneurs and gained a wonderful bit of knowledge.

        Aboard the cruise was some live entertainment during our dinner and wine and then after dinner we all mingled and exchanged business cards and talked about each of our businesses.

        These events are both fun and rewarding.

  10. Raena Lynn,

    I am so impressed by how much your have expanded and grown in the time I have known you. I have personally attended many live events, probably starting with Alex Mandossian’s Teleseminar Secrets Reunion. But fortnuately, we have had a lot of top notch people speak at live events here in South Florida in the lat 2 years, such as Jack Canfield, Tom Antion, Laural Langmeier and so many others I can’t think of right now.

    You are so right. When you meet successful people in person, dine with them, socialize and joint venture, your business is naturally propelled to the next level. Good for you.

    Warmly,

    Erica

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Dr. Erica,

      I love when you visit my blog! Thank you for your kind comments. I agree, there has been a lot of growth this past year for me personally and professionally. It’s nice to know someone else notices 🙂

      What about you? I’m amazed with what you have been doing. You created an awesome relationship program, you promoted your book (I know you represent one chapter, but look at the authors you are with!), you’ve been in pictures with dozens of successful people in your niche…the list goes on!

      The internet world is constantly changing. What we learned just a few months ago is already obsolete! Both of us keep forging ahead! I appreciate our friendship and I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2013. You deserve it!

      Raena Lynn

  11. Fatima says:

    Live events are always considered as a healthy activity for socializing with internal and external clients, stakeholders and so on. Nice post.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hello Fatima,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Now that 2012 is closing, new opportunities to attend live events will certainly arrive in 2013! Live events have made a huge difference in my business and I hope my post enlightened others to seriously consider taking the plunge!

      Raena Lynn

  12. Clint Butler
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    Hey Raena, one other benefit I would add to attending live events is motivation and inspiration to keep going. Sometimes we get in a rut and our excitement to continue wanes a bit. But when we go to these events and intermingle with like minded people. As well as learn more about just how close we are to succeeding. We can walk away more energize then ever to continue.

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