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Four Things I Hope to Gain at WDS 2014

Perspective

Last year I attended Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit for the first time. I was ushered to Portland by my colleague and friend, Jim Hopkinson who simply said, “you have to go!” To be honest I didn’t quite know what to expect. Jim and I had co founded a conference Reboot Workshop the year before encouraging others to live outside the 9 to 5 and I suspected that WDS might attract the same kind of aspiring entrepreneur. Employees working full time jobs they hate and can’t wait to leave to start their own companies. That group attended WDS for sure, but was just one small group amongst many successful artists, world-travelers, adventure seekers and a wide spectrum of people doing the most imaginative things. WDS isn’t just for entrepreneurs, current or aspiring, but for any creative thinker looking to squeeze just a bit more out of life.

Surprisingly, being around a lot of non-traditional creative types gave me quite a bit of perspective on my career. It wasn’t just an industry conference like SXSW. It was a life conference. Now in my 3rd year of running my own business, I’m one year ahead of where I was at the last WDS and so I’m curious to see how the people I meet and the experiences I have will shade where I go in the next year.

Change

Like any endeavor without a definite end goal, it’s easy to get mired in the day-to-day. Last year I was still fleshing out my role as a teacher. I had some classes under my belt and some semblance of financial security but now I’m 100% on my month to month finances. Teaching has become my sort of “part-time job” that lays in a solid foundation that keeps my finances from fluctuating the way they did when I relied only on freelance work. Still this has come at the expense of taking on new projects. The time spent for preparing for class and working with students sometimes takes away from hustling for new business or launching new projects. When I conducted the New York City StartupBus in March I woke up to the fact that I really love being an entrepreneur and I want to build my business more. But I want to do it in the right ways.

Often failure to take the next step isn’t for lack of options but for lack of the right option. I hope that with WDS this year I can find new inspirations and ways of looking at projects that excite me and change the way I’ve been thinking about what I’m capable of.

Business

As some of WDS friends know, I’ve been working on a new beta project that I’m excited to debut at the World Domination Summit. It’s called Lemur and it’s the embodiment of a lot of the best things that I’ve done in my business over the last three years. It’s a product and a coaching service and it’s specifically designed for helping creative professionals, my favorite audience. While WDS isn’t specifically about business, I think it’s the perfect place to test out reactions to Lemur. That’s because Lemur, for me, isn’t just about making a high-scale for-profit businesses. It’s about helping others and empowering creativity. I look forward to hearing what others think about the project and ideas they have for getting it out to the right audience.

Contacts

Last year I met not one, not two, not three but 10 or so colleagues from around the world that I regularly check in with about business, life and everything else. I didn’t go to WDS to increase my global contacts but that ended up happening. I found friends in Europe, England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Portland, Texas, and Canada that I have either done business with or that I regularly bounce ideas off of. It’s been great to share my experiences with them and to see how we help each other with expanding possibilities of our own businesses. I also enjoyed the random encounters with strangers who, though we weren’t going to do business together, inspired me to think differently about how my business could be run. I met artists and life coaches. At one point I met an apothecary. People are really the reason to attend a conference. It’s not just the people on the stage but the audience that can grow your outlook and ideas. WDS presents one of the most mind-expanding audiences that I’ve had the pleasure to know and I’m looking forward to seeing who turns up this year.

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Reboot Workshop: Shakti Smith – Massage and Movement

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshop was a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

I was so happy when Shakti Smith from Massage and Movement agreed to talk at the Reboot Workshop. She helped to relax the room and add an air of calm not often sought or appreciated in a networking event. She is amazing. You should book an appointment with her today.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Lauryn Ballesteros – Squidoo

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshopwas a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Lauryn from Squidoo is an amazing and dynamic speaker. She knows how to say the right things to push peoples buttons and keep them interested. Needless to say she has sold me on several ideas.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Angie Anderson – Biggest Little

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshopwas a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Angie Anderson from Biggest Little is probably the most awesome designer I know. I was lucky to see her for her first talk ever at New Work City. She really knows how to demand the attention of a crowd.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Gina Noy – Noy Tax Associates

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshopwas a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Gina from Noy Tax Associates is my personal account and worth every penny. Here she is speaking in front of an audience for the first time. She’s simply amazing.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Danya Cheskis-Gold – Skillshare

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshop was a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Danya Cheskis-Gold from Skillshare, talks about the importance of getting the job done. If you haven’t done something before, that shouldn’t be an excuse to stop you from starting. Danya has been a resource for me not only as I teach classes through Skillshare’s master teacher program, but also because she is a rock-star, guiding others on business development paths through her own classes.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Nate Heasley – Goodnik

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshopwas a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Nate from Goodnik is great at getting you to think big. Most people want to do well and especially in our new-agey, green-focused, alternative-fueled present its easy to confuse the ideology for action. Goodnik puts the good foot forward and Nate makes you think about how to make an impact in real, trackable ways.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Jim Hopkinson – Hopkinson Creative Media

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshopwas a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Jim Hopkinson was the co-organizer for Reboot Workshop. If not for meeting Jim the Workshop probably wouldn’t have happened. He’s been a tremendous resource and guide as we both navigate the ocean of entrepreneurship. He also, of course, has the benefit of the audience he’s built up while being a rockstar at Wired and NYU.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.

Reboot Workshop: Michael Margolis – Get Storied

Last January I put together my first conference. Reboot Workshop was a sold-out day long workshop with presentations, Q&A and Networking.

Michael from Get Storied was an amazing addition to the group. Going in, he was the person I knew the least, but since I’ve gotten to know how amazing a speaker and dynamic a personality he really is. Here he talks about the importance of remaining confident and true to oneself when representing yourself online.

All of the Reboot Workshop videos are available on YouTube. Check them out.