It’s interesting.. since speaking at the No Excuses summit in Las Vegas last month I’ve been in touch with a lot of people that attended the event, and what’s interesting is what they had to say about it, and what they learned (and what they didn’t).
Here’s how I went about planning, presenting, and targeting a specific group of people..
When I planned my presentation for the event, I was very specific about who I was targeting with my information. The words and language that I used, the look and ‘feel’ of the presentation, the “goofy” graphics I had in the powerpoint, that corny touchy-feely stuff at the start, and even how I spoke, was all meant to target a certain sector of the attendees. I love marketing 🙂
To be honest, it was kind of an experiment on my part and I wanted to prove (to myself, really) that I could zero in on a group of people in attendance who would be attracted to the type of information I was providing. I also know what kinds of people are attracted to ME.
You see, I was in attendance at the previous No Excuses event last year and I was pretty sure that there was a large percentage of the attendees there that were in the “this is totally over my head” group. People that wanted to take their business to the “next level” even though they hadn’t even got to the “first level” yet. People that got a lot of value from the speakers at the event but still realized that when they got home afterwards they didn’t really know what to DO, know what I mean? It’s like being in the middle class while the speaker is speaking directly to the upper class. It’s all great stuff but “I’m not THERE yet”.
That was my target audience and I think I nailed it.
How do I know?
I know because of the response I got from the many attendees (and speakers) that approached me after I presented. The general feeling I got from their response was that of “thank you for breaking it down and making it simple for me, how can I work with you?“. It was almost like they were relieved that I was willing to NOT be ‘cutting edge’ or be some ‘crazy marketing ninja’ with how I presented. I left that for the other guys, because I knew that’s how some of them were going to be on stage.
I was much the same way in my breakout room (which is a room after the event where people could ask you questions on a more intimate level etc.), I made it a really laid back question-and-answer session and I think people respected the non-salespitch atmosphere. One of the other speakers was also in my room and I am currently in ‘cahoots’ with them in planning some of their online marketing awesomeness.
Oh, and maybe here’s something you guys can learn from this (before I forget).. I made a TON of very lucrative connections at this event with attendees and the other speakers, and it’s not because I was pretending to be someone else. It worked so well because I KNOW who I attract, and I know HOW to attract them. And I did it by just being myself. Go figure. Take that to heart, and take that to the bank ;)..
So, in conclusion.. Mission accomplished.
I delivered my content based on who I am and successfully delivered ‘who I am’ to everyone there. Now they know. I’m just waiting for the “official” pictures and videos to be available so you can see what went down.
I had a fantastic time, Ray and Ferny put on a great event. Awesome.
Believe me, events like this can, no, WILL change your life. So… are you going to be there next year??
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Have a great day.
– Geoff Stephen