There are certain dates that stand out in your life. Your wedding day. The birth of each child. The day you retire.
And there are a handful of events that make all the difference. One such event was in October, 2001.
It was Jay Conrad Levinson’s Guerrilla Marketing Boot Camp hosted by Mark Joyner. A single-day event at Ceasar’s in Las Vegas and I wanted to go! Really badly. But the tickets were out of my budget.
I mentioned wanting to go to Alex Mandossian and he got me a VIP pass. I couldn’t believe my luck! I booked my hotel and flight. Then came September 11, 2001. And we weren’t sure we could even have an event!
But they decided to go ahead with it less than a month after the tragedy in New York City.
The whole event was a magical day. It was my first time to meet Jay Conrad Levinson. My first time to meet Mark Joyner (now of Simpleology fame). In fact, I asked a man passing in the hall to take a picture of Mark and I. He said “I’ll be glad to. By the way, my name is Joe Vitale.”
In the evening we had a networking event where practially everyone who was marketing online was meeting and greeting. I was particularly thrilled to run into Roger C. Parker, an author I had admired for quite some time. I spent a little time in there, then went to a special presentation from Robert Allen.
My life changed that day. Not only did I meet people who had only been names on a web page (we didn’t have a lot of images online at that point), but I met Robert Allen for the first time.
I signed up for his Protege program that night and started taking classes via teleseminar three and four nights a week.
By January, I was one of only 15 people who was accepted and attended his Infopreneur Master Trainer camp in Salt Lake City. We spent three days with Robert and his team, recording a video program that he has sold for years.
Of the other attendees, I was the only one who volunteered to do a presentation for the camera. So I was the only one who leveraged that opportunity into a recurring appearance on thousands of video programs over nearly ten years.
As a result of those three days I later did an interview with Robert Allen for his weekly series – as a last-minute fill-in when his high profile guest didn’t show. That interview went so well that I gained several coaching clients from it.
And as a result of the face-time I spent with Robert and his team for the Infopreneur training, as well as my interview, I was asked to teach the Internet Marketing Basics for Robert Allen’s Protege program. That gave me a huge base of students and clients over several years – some of whom are still my subscribers and customers.
Attend live events. As I’ve been writing this series, I realize how pivotal live events have been in my business life. Literally everyone I work with, spend time with, count as my friends I have met at a live event. You have to BE THERE in order to be a player.
Jump at the chance! When you have an opportunity to step out from the crowd, it is no time to be shy. Say yes – then figure out how later.
Leverage Your Experience. I love product creation and I loved being part of the Infopreneur Master Trainer group. But I recognized that one of the common issues that many entrepreneurs and infopreneurs have is too many ideas!
That’s why I created my Organize Your Ideas product. It’s all of the systems I’ve developed and use to control and leverage my ideas – in a neat package for you.