Posts Tagged "business travel"

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

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...

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0005: On being a more efficient business traveler

0005: On being a more efficient business traveler

The holiday season always provides me with a reprieve from travel.  I typically fly >100K miles/yr, traveling between 35-40% of the time.  I haven’t experienced it all, but I’ve certainly been through my share of travel woes (and small victories I might add).  I’ve migrated from wondering why the heck anyone would pay for an Admiral’s Club membership to wondering how I lived without one.  I thought I’d never pay for first class tickets, but now can clearly identify their near-necessity under certain circumstances (try walking off a 13 hr ride on a cattle-car-style coach ticket and feeling fresh and sharp enough to close that contract you just invested 6 months of your life to tee up!).  And, for some reason today, while I was lingering in my bathroom on a lazy Sunday morning, my shaving kit caught my eye.  And I secretly longed for my travel to begin again.  Except, I hate shaving while I travel.  I hate it. Traveling and shaving is a real hassle. It’s bad enough you have to present a face to the business world that is not necessarily your weekend or hanging with friends face (generally scruffy in my case).  I recently have been on a quest for the perfect travel shave kit (If you already have this solved, please please leave a URL in the comments or send me a DM @my10list).  My idea is to create the perfect kit for wet-shaving while on the road.  I’d be client #1 for this, but haven’t come across it.  Closest I’ve found is the travel accessory kit from Art of Shaving I got for Christmas.  The trick is to have an equally portable razor that’s easy-to-use.  The razor should be lightweight, at least 2 part (actually have one of these). Make idea #1 a subscription service for business travelers Lightweight shoe spreaders to reduce load but allow your dress shoes to keep their shape, because who cares to lug around an extra 1.5 lbs of cedar!? An app to link up [business] travelers who are in new town but don’t have plans for any meal.  Pair you with another person (or several) to meet at a “recommended” location.  The service aims to give you a way to meet new folks, network with other business travlers, and not have to eat alone.  It would make Kieth Ferrazzi proud.  Could also be used to help travelers find a local they could dine with (not a dating service), or grab coffee with.  Could be a way for you to get “local” knowledge of a new place in a friendly way. A car-rental service for business travelers who hate the hassle of having to leave your car for days...

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