I was recently talking with a friend of mine about the ups and downs of growing an online business. He told me he was struggling to meet like-minded people.
As an entrepreneur working online, we often spend most of our workday alone at a desk, building relationships through the computer screen. We don’t have the opportunity to bump into coworkers in the breakroom or at the water cooler. Not only can this feel lonely, but it can also slow down the growth of our business.
Whether you want more one-on-one clients or to scale your business with group programs or online products, you can’t do it alone. We need colleagues who will share our work, mentors who will guide us, and clients & customers who invest in us.
Building relationships in person can establish bonds that can last for years and years. When you meet somebody in the flesh that you connected with online, your bond with that person instantly intensifies. It’s because you experience their whole personality, instead of a set of preselected pictures and quotes. When you meet in person, you don’t have to work so hard to connect.
High quality live events can lead to powerful new business collaborations, clients, and opportunities to connect with influencers. The right content can give you the insight, strategy, or inspiration you need for the next level of your business. The opportunities to connect with a roomful of like-minded attendees can be worth thousands more than the investment of the event itself.
To get you started, here’s my dream list of events to attend in 2017:
5 Events in America
• Connect with your inner self @ Retreat 2017 – May 19 – 23, Nevis Island, Caribbean.
This retreat is led by Kim Nicol, Silicon Valley meditation and mindfulness teacher. It’s for you if you want take out some time for self care and mindfulness on a beautiful Caribbean island. You’ll use guided meditation sessions and trust-building exercises to explore deep self acceptance and be more authentically powerful in the world. This is a great event for entrepreneurs who want to have a transformational experience in a like-minded community.
• Meet other top performers like you @ Forefront – September 29 – October 1st, Chicago, USA.
At Forefront, top performers and millennial entrepreneurs gather and have once-in-a-lifetime adventures together, courtesy of Ramit Sethi and his team. Past attendees described the experience as THE BEST event they ever attended. You’ll build relationships with ‘people like you’ while taking a ninja class, at a cocktail party on a yacht or during small group focus sessions led by Ramit’s top notch team.
• Take your business on vacation @ Being Boss Vacation – October 2017, New Orleans, USA.
You know that feeling of coming back refreshed, rested and inspired after a great vacation? That’s what Being Boss Vacation wants you to experience, but for your business. Take your business to New Orleans and meet up with new friends from the online creative community. Dates and details will be released soon.
• Master a new skill @ Heroic Public Speaking – October 31, November 1-2, Fort Lauderdale, USA.
Boost your public speaking skills dramatically during this very intense, 3-day training, curated by author, actor and professional public speaker Michael Port. You’ll learn from some of the top coaches and performers in the industry, and you’ll meet other speakers and performers.
• Get to the next level in business @ Titan Summit – December 7 – 11, Toronto, Canada.
The exclusive Titan Summit is rumored to be the best live event on Earth for business owners, with past speakers like Steve Wozniak and Sean Stephenson. This by application only, high-ticket event is available for seasoned entrepreneurs who want to build the right relationships with the right group of peers, and build epic businesses and lives.
4 Events in Europe
• Get inspired to write @ Italian Fix – June 26 – 28, Cinque Terre, Italy.
Did you ever wish to go to a place so beautiful and inspiring, and so far away from all distractions, just to focus on your writing? Then head over to Italy this June for Italian Fix. On top of the amazing coffee, food and overall Italian greatness, you will be coached by the brilliant and very funny Laura Belgray from Talking Shrimp. This small group workshop is for women entrepreneurs and creatives who want to sharpen their writing skills and build authentic relationships with other girl bosses.
• Meet all your online rockstars @ Web summit – November 6 – 9, Lisbon, Portugal.
This is the Coachella for Geeks, European edition. This huge-scale event draws more that 50.000 online & technology professionals from all over the world. Last year’s edition had Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk and Bono, to name a few. Everybody and their mother will be here, so prepare to meet all those familiar online faces in the flesh.
• Learn from digital thought leaders @ Youpreneur Summit – November 11 – 12, London, UK.
Chris Ducker flies in the best of the best online entrepreneurs to London this fall. Podcast heros Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas will pull back the curtains on their ultra-successful online businesses. With keynote speakers like them, this summit will likely be one of the best business networking opportunities in Europe in 2017.
• Empower and celebrate women @ Women’s entrepreneurship Day – November 29, Global events.
WED is a global celebration of women in business, and more than 140 countries host their local conference or networking event. This movement is backed by the United Nations, and focuses on awarding entrepreneurs and empowering girls in poverty through entrepreneurship. The 2017 program will be available soon.
Thinking about planning your own life event?
Carolien Mertens is an event planner for entrepreneurs and coaches. She planned over 100 professional events and served more than 10.000 participants. Use her 5-step guide to start planning your own live event.