Why I’m Not Going to Evo

If you’re online this morning, you might have noticed I’m running a little giveaway that will send one lucky mompreneur to the sold-out Evo ’11 Conference next month. Sadly, I won’t be joining her.

Why I Wish I Were Going

Any of you who know me well are probably wondering why I’m not going to be there this year. After all, I spoke at the conference last year. And it was one of the best events I’ve ever attended in my life. And I adore the organizers from Today’s Mama and MomItForward. And I will know probably 75% of the people there, including several of my clients. And it’s in stunning Park City, Utah, a place I like to call “Paradise.”  And I’ve been planning to attend it since I attended last year. And I bought the early bird ticket when it was first released for $150. And oh, would I love to attend all the fun, girly events that are planned after hours. And I really was looking forward to the Alpine Slide, the Roller Coaster and the Zipline this year… (Check out my YouTube Channel and search on “Evo” to see some of the interviews and takeaways I got from attending the conference last year. It will seriously make you want to go, too!)

Why I’m Not Going

Because it conflicts with the number one priority in my life: my family. It just so happens that on that same weekend, my husband is going to do something he’s wanted to do since he was eight years old: ride his motorcycle in his first race ever. And while loading up the kids, taking them to a racetrack for a weekend, and watching my husband go around in circles might not be my passion, it is his. And I believe that my kids and I need to be there to support him.

I’ll miss you, my mompreneur friends, but I am thrilled to see my husband follow his own dreams and do something important to him. That’s what life is all about.

If you are a mom business owner and attending Evo ’11 is your dream or passion, I’d love the opportunity to help you get there.

Here are the details:

I’m giving away my ticket to the sold out Evo ’11 conference from July 9-11 to one lucky mompreneur through a social media contest starting Thursday, June 9 and ending at noon ET on Friday, June 17.

The winner will be contacted by email and announced via Twitter (@mombizcoach) and on my Facebook Fanpage.

The prize: One ticket to the SOLD OUT Evo ‘11 Social Media Conference- happening July 9-11!!! (valued at $399.00 –This is a full-access pass that entitles you to all the breakout sessions, keynotes, workshops and social events at the conference.)

Four Ways to Enter:

Twitter Entry Tweet the following: (make sure to include #mombiz hashtag in order to be counted!)

Thinking of joining MomBizAcademy.com, but not quite sure?  U could win a free ticket to sold-out #evoconf! #mombiz http://bit.ly/jg0Dz1

Wanna help some aspiring mompreneurs manage their biz and life better + a chance to win free ticket to #evoconf? http://bit.ly/jg0Dz1 #mombiz

#evoconf is sold out, but U can win a free ticket & help other mompreneurs balance biz & life by entering this contest. #mombiz http://bit.ly/jg0Dz1

Dying 2go2 #evoconf? Join in this contest & U could win a free ticket + help other mom biz owners succeed! #mombiz http://bit.ly/jg0Dz1

One tweet per day will be counted as an entry.

Blog Entry: Write a blog post explaining the importance of being part of a like-minded community, working with a coach, or having a mentor for your business. Make sure to link to MomBizAcademy.com (http://mombizacademy.com) in your post. One blog post will be counted as two entries. In order to be counted, please email the URL of your post to: manager@mombizacademy.com .

YouTube Entry: Record a 3 minute (or less) video telling the world about your greatest Mompreneur challenge. Each video will be counted as two entries. Send the URL for the Youtube video to manager@mombizacademy.com. We’ll feature them at MomBizacademy.com and add them to the MomBizCoach Fanpage!

MBA Entry: Join the MomBizAcademy.com by June 17th! Hey, you need some help, too! Check out all the benefits at Mom Biz Academy. For every mompreneur who joins the MBA between now and 6/17, you’ll earn an additional five entries in the giveaway! If you’ve been on the fence about joining, here’s your incentive to act now!

Good luck! This is a conference you don’t want to miss!

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It’s hard to stay focused when you’re excited

It’s hard, really hard, to stay focused when I’m excited about something.

But I’m gonna do it.

Those of you following this blog or who follow me on twitter (@mombizcoach) know that I’m going to my first live event in a couple of weeks. I’ll be speaking on the Small Business Success Panel at EVO ’10: The Evolution of Women in Social Media Conference in Park City, Utah June 24-26. I have had a strict “no-travel-for-business” policy since I started my company due to the fact that we have three small children and no family nearby (nor even in the same country) to care for them if I’m gone for a few days. But the time has finally come that I can get out of town to go speak without causing too much hardship on my family! Yippeeee!

This conference represents many good things for me:

  • The chance to get out of the house and go on vacation in the mountains!
  • Time to meet and mingle with my kinda people, people I truly “get” and who “get” me
  • Lots of opportunities to talk about and learn about small business topics that are important to me
  • I get to speak in person (not just over the phone, via a webinar, or on my radio show–wowwee!)
  • I’ll be part of a five-person panel, with some amazing cool chicks I am simply honored to share the room with (Stay tuned for a list of all the cool panelists I get to rub elbows with coming in a future post… See me making sure I keep up with this whole blogging commitment?).
  • I get to dress up and wear pretty clothes around other women who will be so kind as to tell me I look cute (don’t you just love dressing up and going out with your girlfriends?).
  • The chance to belt out some serious tunes on karaoke with a bunch of the other speakers and participants during the evening activities
  • An opportunity to meet people I likely wouldn’t meet otherwise
  • The chance to show up and present myself and my brand the way I really want to be seen and heard
  • Countless collaboration opportunities
  • Hopefully find a few cool mompreneurs who are looking for a mentor or a business coach to help them create the businesses they really want

I’m sure you can tell that all this possibility has me bouncing off the walls these days. So the thing for me to do to manage all that energy is to find a way to harness it and focus it so I can be sure to get the results I want. After all, I’d hate to let the emotions cause me to miss out on any one of the opportunities I listed above.

Check back in a couple of days when I post about what I’ll be doing to create some good intentions for my first live conference. I’ve been reading lots of great blogs and tweeters (especially Market Like a Chick, @shawnmdriscoll and @ShellyKramer) to get some ideas about how to organize myself for the conference. There’s a lot more to it than prepping my talk and packing my new clothes. I’m happy to share what I’m learning with you.

Got a live event coming up that you want to be sure you maximize? Tell me about it in the comments below. I’d love to hear what sort of intentions you have for it.

Better yet, wanna join me at EVO ’10? There’s still time. Click the button at the top to get discounted registration and leave a comment below to let me know you’re coming!

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