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I didn’t know Ken MacArthur well. He was just another one of those people on Facebook whose name and picture pops up pretty often.
But the invitation was warm and gracious. And he invited me as his guest. I had a little time on my hands, and I knew one or two people who were also going to be there.
Plus my ‘spidey sense” was telling me there was something else. Sure, I knew there would great networking opportunities. And I knew it’s always good to find ways into the circles of other people. Most of the best friends, customers and clients I have came from friends of friends, rather than people I met directly.
So I put one and one and one together and said…
Little did I know this was going to be the start of something BIG.
When I walked into the meeting room for the first time in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Denver, I saw some of each kind of marketer. There were the “big fish.” And there were newbies. And everyone in between. Everyone seemed to feel welcome and honored.
Now, I had always hear about generosity of people who made it in the industry. On that first day I had an experience it that changed the course of my speaking and training career.
Ken did an exercise in the value of giving. He asked someone in the audience to give him a hundred dollars. They would have to move on faith. They weren’t getting it back…he was keeping it.
Within seconds three people raced to the front of the room, hundred dollar bill in hand. The woman who made it there first was the “winner.”
Ken asked for anyone in the room to donate some of their product or services to her, and to put a dollar value on it. Most of the people in the room donated something. If I remember correctly, the total value was over $7000.00.
One of those donations was from a guy who uses juggling as a way to help people break out of fear and into fun and achievement. Yeah…that’s me.
Most of the others were offering marketing strategies, or SEO help, or coaching, or even physical products. I was the only one who mentioned anything about juggling. (I’m usually the only juggler in the room.) That got people’s attention.
The event went great. I made new friends, and put faces to names I’ve heard for a long time. Like Lee Collins, and Joel Comm. I made a great friend in Lori Ruff.
At the end of the event there was a little extra time left. Ken asked the group how they’d like to spend it.
I don’t remember who said it, but someone called out…
“I Want that guy to juggle!”
So without much arm twisting from DeAnna, I was willing to get up there and do my thing. It seemed to go over well.
And of course I always grab someone from the crowd to show how easy it is…
It seemed to go over well.
From there, all kinds of really cool things happened. New friendships and partnerships were created. And yeah…I made some money, which is always good.
But what really happened is my game got elevated!
Fast forward to the next month. I did a ten minute TED style talk in Philadelphia.
And this past week, I spoke and trained for an hour. And closed the deal on a whole new reality in my business.
This past jvAlert LIVE was the end of an era. From this point forward there are no more guests. Everyone who walks in the door is there because they pay their way in.
That’s as it should be. The learning, the skills, the networking…they’re all too valuable to give away for free. There needs to be a way to make sure only people who are ready to receive are the ones who are in the room.
The next phase of jvAlert LIVE begins next April, in Denver…where it all started for me.
More details as they become available. I want to meet you there.
And maybe begin the next phase of your business…and your life.
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