I was fortunate to be able to attend a two day workshop given by Mike Michalowicz and Donna Leyens called Sparking Business Growth as part of the CreativeLive studio audience last week in San Francisco. Mike and Donna were terrific instructors and had our audience engaged, laughing, nodding, smiling and even crying every step of the way during their presentation. CreativeLive was new to me, but after my visit, I was blown away impressed and have become a true fan of their services.
I have seen and heard Mike speak at a couple of eBay events, eBay Live in San Jose for the 15th anniversary of eBay (September 2011) and at the eBay Radio Party in Las Vegas a year ago. He is the engaging and animated author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur and The Pumpkin Plan. Both books are worth a shout out as books that can really help the small business owner, including those with online and internet specialties.
Donna Leyens and Mike Michalowicz have become business partners in a new venture called Provendus Group and travel around the world giving lectures and seminars to small business owners and companies. I learned about their gig at CreativeLive through an email from Mike. The catch in going to this event was that one had to send in a short one minute video on how Mike could help your business grow. After a few tries, I used my dog Twinkles as the subject of my video. You can see the video on YouTube here. Silly, but effective enough to get a seat in the CreativeLive studio audience. I really didn’t know what to expect after the invitation was sent to me to show up bright and early!
The audience was comprised of fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners. There was Jason the Wedding DJ/MC Entertainment, June the Memory Maker/wedding photographer, Debbie the Google+ Hangouts On Air Host, Kirsten in the fashion baby products biz, Travis the Rock Man. I know we all discussed our unique job descriptions, but help me out guys and refresh my memory! Check out their sites and unique stories. You will be quite impressed with the variety of business and models we each have. They were open and forthcoming with info about their struggles, successes and wanting to take their business’ to the next level. They are all uniquely gifted and care about what they do! Way to go gang, let's keep it going!
The online class Sparking Business Growth is now available for download here. CreativeLive also has many, many other classes available (photography, business, software, design, video and film and audio and lifestyle) for purchase or if you tune in Live, they are FREE over the internet.
In our class Mike and Donna covered topics: Your Prosperity Plan, Your Life Beat, Pruning Your Clients, Hiring Help, Accounting, Marketing and Systematizing. Each of us in the studio audience had a turn in the HOT seat in front of each other and the LIVE chat room audience as well. There is nothing like that “front and center” experience to getting your heart pumping and your palms sweaty! I think we all survived!
Mike and Donna took turns with the class topics as well as sharing the stage for some segments. If you ever get a chance to see them in person at one of their speaking engagements, run don’t walk and DO IT! You will come away with excitement, hopefulness and a new vision of what you can do with your small business. I am going to take small steps and apply some of the things we discussed to my eBay online selling and Trading Assistant business. Hey Mike and Donna, I’ve already pruned 2 clients and have more pruning to do on Monday! Oh yeah, that’s paying out day also!
One cool thing about CreativeLive was the location of their studio. It was in a building in San Francisco that was being redone as we were filming. Their offices had a giant room with large screen iMacs from wall to wall, an engineering room, a couple of Live studios and the tastiest kitchen/dining room food one could ever ask for. I would work their just for the meals. At the end of our two day session, we even had a wrap party on the roof of the building overlooking the skyline of the City and SF Bay! What a treat!
I am very happy that I answered Mike’s email about Sparking Business Growth and had a new adventure in San Francisco with CreativeLive and a group of positive, optimistic fellow entrepreneurs. I am ready to grow a colossal business.