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MEETUPS 2020 Fastlane Summit at Talking Stick Resort... Event Info

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As many of you know, last year's official Fastlane Summit was canceled. My reasoning was outlined here in this thread. Fast forward one year and I'm happy to report that forum usage (users) are up 57% since then, and regular user sessions up 27%.

At these metrics I believe the forum can support a Summit this year provided the following...

A) We get an ample selection of volunteer speakers who want to speak on a great topic

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B) We get a reasonable level of interest here at the forum.

Here are the details of the proposed event:
  • Dates: February 7th and 8th (Fri/Sat) 8am -5:30pm (The next weekend is Valentines Day)
  • Held at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale Arizona (Room rates for this event will be $239/night.)
  • Hope to feature 12 speakers at 30 to 45m per speaker, perhaps some panel discussions or breakouts per topic.
  • If you are selected to speak, you are guaranteed a ticket and guaranteed to get it at a discount (discount yet to be determined but minimally it will be 25% off, perhaps 50% or more - depends on my final contract costs with the casino)
  • Max attendees: Shooting for 80 - 120 (might be able to do plenty more if demand warrants)
  • Ticket price: Should range in between $349 and $549 dependent on hotel costs (which I'm ironing out now).
  • Included: Food items items are yet to be determined, but minimally would include lunch, all day coffee, and maybe a dinner or two.
  • In the past tickets were offered to Insiders first, then regular forum users. (In the past this event sells out in hours). Insiders might get a discount, or first dibs on tickets, still undetermined.
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So with this said, if you are interested in SPEAKING, please post here and included a synopsis of your talk and the value it might provide to a group of entrepreneurs! Expect to speak 30-45 minutes!

If you are interested in ATTENDING given the date, time, and cost details, let me know as well here in this thread so I can gauge interest. Typically if 100 people have an interest, 50 will attend. If you attended a past Summit, note that as well as that means you will likely mean a YES when you say YES! I will likely create a pre-order form with a required deposit to turn passive interest into real interest.
 

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FYI: If you haven't been to a past Summit at TSR, it's quite the experience! Staying at the hotel is definitely recommended as once you arrive, you won't need to leave!
 

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Very interested! Glad to see the summit is returning. :blush:
 

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Yeaaaa!!!

Thank you, MJ! Awesome to see the engagement has been up!

I would definitely love to buy a ticket as a first-time attendee.
 

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Personally, I would join sth like this once but it is too far away. The prices are very high imo. MJ, could you think of adding a (much cheaper) web access for viewing the presentations? This could cross finance the high tickets or even give opportunity to sponsor 2 or 3 live tickets for the young and poor apprentices in this forum.
 

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Personally, I would join sth like this once but it is too far away. The prices are very high imo. MJ, could you think of adding a (much cheaper) web access for viewing the presentations? This could cross finance the high tickets or even give opportunity to sponsor 2 or 3 live tickets for the young and poor apprentices in this forum.
This is actually a pretty good idea!

If there would be some sort of paid seminar, I'd be very interested as well. And I guess a lot of other people, not living in America would be too.
 

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So far it looks like none of those dates coincide with a trade show so I would be could to go!

As always, I'm in and available to speak.

Topics I could speak on:
  • Revenue optimization (includes website and conversion rate optimization but not just)
  • Email marketing
  • Building out a wholesale channel (tips, pitfalls, finding a showroom/road reps, etc)
 

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MJ, I'd be absolutely honored to attend!

My birthday is actually Fwbruary 22nd! Would make a neat gift to myself to come hangout with the best. Otherwise 7-8th also works for me.

Please let us know how we can make sure to buy tickets as soon as they become available.

Cheers!
 

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It pains me to say I won't be attending this year, but having attended previous events in the past - I urge anyone on the fence to absolutely get in on this.

It's a truly amazing experience with truly amazing people. Everyone is super welcoming and the venue is absolutely killer.

It shouldn't have to be stated, but the #1 reason to attend is the connections you'll make here. Yes the presentations are always amazing and worth the ticket price alone but the PEOPLE you'll be hanging out with and talking to and making friends with (and talking to AFTER the event is over) make this a damn steal at any price.

If I had 1 tip for newcomers it would be simply this - try to make 2-3-4 close connections. That's it. There will be 1-200 people here. You WILL NOT meet them all. You'll be lucky to get 2-3 sentences in with a quarter of them. It's a fool's errand to try and meet as many people as you can. Shake a lot of hands but make it your job to only focus on making a few close connections that you can stay in touch with after the event is over.

If you go back home without a single new, meaningful connection to stay in touch with - you did it wrong!
 

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If I had 1 tip for newcomers it would be simply this - try to make 2-3-4 close connections. That's it. There will be 1-200 people here. You WILL NOT meet them all. You'll be lucky to get 2-3 sentences in with a quarter of them. It's a fool's errand to try and meet as many people as you can. Shake a lot of hands but make it your job to only focus on making a few close connections that you can stay in touch with after the event is over.

If you go back home without a single new, meaningful connection to stay in touch with - you did it wrong!
Can attest to that-- I've been in touch with @StompingAcorns since the summit and we talk almost every week. We skype, text, and email. She knows everything going on in my business and life. The connections are real!
 

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My ability to attend depends on a couple factors that I will need to plan out and negotiate. But the later dates, the 21st and 22nd will probably be the most likely for me to attend.

That being said, I will be the first it looks like to volunteer as a speaker.

I have three topics that I feel I could speak from a place of authority on. One has the biggest relevancy, the second is more niche but my specialty, and the third will depend of it I'm successful at it by end of year.

1st topic idea: Wholesaling to traditional brick and mortar
  • How to approach buyers and category managers to get consideration
  • How to price your products MSRP and wholesale price
  • How to work with distributors without losing your shirt
2nd topic idea: How to start a food startup
  • How to gauge customer/market need and demand
  • How to go from idea to mass production - Working with Copackers, Food scientists, and package design
  • How to avoid being a me-too product and stand out in your market
3rd topic idea: How to do a fund-raise (will only speak on this if we successfully close our seed round)
  • Creating your pitch - Pitch Deck, elevator pitch, and executive summaries
  • How to find your target investors
  • Crafting your fund-raise - Valuation, use of funds, how much do you need?
  • Term sheets and negotiations


P.s. @Greg R if you're going, we're setting up a mastermind house AirBnB
 

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I would attend. Haven't attended before.
 

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P.s. @Greg R if you're going, we're setting up a mastermind house AirBnB
Of course greg is going, and of course you're going. It's not a choice :)

Of course i'm going!

Also mastermind hotel room is the best.

Me speaking is TBD.
 

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Looking for the preorder form... ;)
 

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I would attend again during the 1st series of dates. I will also post later with potential speaker topics.
 

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I'll be there. @Kak maybe when the timing is right you could ask Glenn to speak.

I will be there at any time in February. Whatever dates work.

I'd moderate with @AllenCrawley.
 
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Definitely interested!

  • How to avoid being a me-too product and stand out in your market
Could we maybe get a sneak peek thread on this? ;)
 

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Two years ago I was a broke 19 year old really disappointed that I wasn’t able to attend the event. Especially afterwards when everyone relayed how good it was and how much they enjoyed it. Last year would have been a massive stretch financially for me if it had gone ahead. Traveling from Ireland isn’t cheap!

This year as a 21 year old who is finally making traction all thanks to the knowledge spread by MJ, reinforced by people here on this forum and having myself held accountable daily to friends I have made here. I’m happy to say that no matter the cost, weather, flight times, inconvenience to my business... you’ll see me in Scottsdale in February :) Where do I enter my card details?

@Fox Travel buddy?

Anyone else planning to go from Europe get in touch.
 

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