What an amazing weekend! SB2 was un-friggin’-believable! I’m still spazzing about how well it went, how great the crowd was, and how much all the effort paid off.
Now, it’s not like it went off without a hitch–there were some minor-but-bugging A/V issues (which will be NOT happen in the future) and the hotel screwed up the delivery of the lunch on Saturday (200-ish people need more than one lunch-line, thankyouverymuch)–but even with these hiccups, it was an incredibly positive event.
Those of us involved in the planning and presenting were thrilled that the evaluations were extremely positive (and thanks to Susan Carr for figuring out how to get people to turn in those evaluations–you had to turn it in to get a drink ticket for the reception). We worked so hard on developing the material and trying to figure out ways to get as much info into one weekend as was humanly possible–hearing that people not only recognized those efforts but applauded them was wonderful.
However, as a presenter, I have to say that a huge part of the success of the weekend was the crowd itself. The people who came to the event participated. They asked questions, they listened, they talked with each other and us during the breaks and receptions, they were as much a part of the event as we presenters were and that was incredibly energizing for us. I can tell you it makes for some long days to meet with 14 individuals for private consultations then go to a reception then get up the next day and start at 6:30am (for us presenters–we had to be there early) and be “on” and working until 8pm or later and get up the next day and do that again until about 5pm. But because everyone was asking great questions and offering their own experiences and sharing and laughing and generally being eager, etc., I know I was totally energized until I got back to my room at night. (At which time I pretty much fell into bed 🙂 )
I can’t wait to get to the next SB2. It’s in Atlanta and if it is only half as great as the LA event, it will still be fantastic.
One note about the upcoming events–the mini-consultations with me sold out well before the LA event and many people were disappointed, unfortunately. I think almost all of the mini-consultations with all of us who did them sold out, in fact. So, if you are interested in having a mini-consultation with me (or any of us) in Atlanta, get off your hands and sign up. There are only a few slots left (4, I think) as of this writing (they are booking fast in Philly and Chicago too). If they sell out, there is no other time during the weekend for me (us) to sneak in another meeting. I do have a couple of Test Drive slots available for the Monday after SB2, but even those are booking (esp. in Atlanta).
Well, as you can imagine, I’m buried now playing catch-up and fielding additional questions and “thank yous” from the LA participants, but I can tell you that I will never forget that weekend. Wow!