On maximizing the value of an invitation to Podcasters Paradise Cruise – or any other industry conference for that matter.

Just had an amazing call with THE John Lee Dumas to interview for the Podcaster’s Paradise Cruise in November, and it sparked this brainstorm. You have to Begin with the End in mind, as Stephen Covey put it.  With that in mind, here is my 10 list for today. 10 ways to make the Podcast Paradise Cruise  as meaningful as possible (don’t miss the boat): Get into the VIP Group – this could change your life.  See this video post from Nick Unsworth on why paying for ACCESS was one of the most critical steps he took in his career. He also had a post about being at a dinner during the Genius network weekend, and they did something like dinner tab roullete (involves one person picking up the check), and how that really changed his perspective and increased his gratitude.  Couldn’t find the link…maybe Nick will post it in the comments. 😉   Really understand why you’re there – what’s your WHY.  If you don’t have this piece figured out, chances are you didn’t make it past the interviews, but needless to say, the Why of your attendance will be critical when you’re tasked with deciding exactly how and with whom you spend your time during that week.  My answer to JLD on the #1 reason I want to go?  I want it to be a celebration of my breaking through my Podcastination and creating my freedom business this year.  No more waiting.  I’m grateful for the webinar this week that planted the seed, regardless of the cruise, b/c I’m more committed than ever to make this a reality.   Along with knowing what you want to get out of it, be clear (with yourself and anybody else who listens) about what you can bring to it!  In my interview with John, I told him I’d been thinking about their (very thoughtful) interveiw questions, in particular this one.  And, while at first I was self-deprecating (in my head – I beat myself up more than any bully ever tried to), I realized that, Hey, I haven’t paid to attend a conference (in my industry) in 3+ yrs!  Why?  Because I’ve been able to hustle my way into being a PRESENTER.  Presenters don’t pay to attend, AND you establish immediate credibility with the audience (which generally means, in my case, more leads at the conference).  So, in terms of what I can bring to the Cruise, I am very clear on how I can help others be better networkers, presenters, and hustlers (especially in this niche topic) in the world of offline selling – of yourself, your product, your vision.   Get to Miami/FLL early and hang out with...