4 Tribe Conference Takeaways for Every Writer
And, the lessons I’ll never forget
I went to Tribe Conference with a fire to connect. I attended the previous year and was motivated by the speakers. I took time to nurture relationships prior to showing up and was ready to meet them in person. Their platforms were as familiar to me as friends. Three people were on my radar: Crystal Paine, Dan Miller, and Jon Acuff.
Say No to Everything But the Essentials
I bathe myself with Crystal Paine’s words. I am on both of her lists. Money Saving Mom and Your Blogging Mentor. On the first night, I spoke with Crystal in person. I am considering a pivot in my platform and I knew that she recently had embarked on the same adventure and was enjoying success through navigating the changes. I had to talk with her. She was gracious to break from her Instagram story and engage with me and gave me her best piece of advice for someone in my position, “Say no until you create space”. She ended her talk with a dare to “focus and finish”. Message received, Crystal. Thank you!
Invest in Yourself
I have listened to Dan Miller for years, but I didn’t recognize him until I heard his voice. No really. Someone said Dan Miller was over by the camera I just walked by and I didn’t recognize him. My coach even sent me a pic with a caption “I spy Dan!” with an arrow.
I’ll be making an eye appointment soon, but I did get to engage with him when he signed a book 48 Days to the Work You Love for a dear friend, Anne. Mr. Miller is a huge proponent in investing in yourself. There is no time in a person’s life when he or she cannot afford to invest in oneself. He even broke down how much money a person should invest in himself relative to his salary earned. Beyond that, he encouraged me to reach out to him personally for his suggestions on how I should invest in myself next. Here’s my outreach. Mr. Miller.
Jon Acuff took the stage and left us with a burning desire to Finish. That’s his newest book. Buy it, it’s a good read. The email I sent him said I shook your hand at Start night in Austin. Let’s finish what we started and meet at Jeff Goins’ Tribe Conference. He replied, “Awesome”! We didn’t get to connect in person, but his words connected with me. “Goals you don’t finish don’t disappear. They become ghosts that haunt you”. It is important to pick the right size goal. “People who cut their goal in half are 63% more successful”. And, “If you want a new idea finish an old one”. His words fell on me as I set at the front table, stage center. Yes, Sir, I will FINISH!
Success can’t be reached without community. You need a community of those around you going through the same things as you. You can’t do this alone. Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get going or keep going. Most of all you need encouragement. If you’re not in and creating a community you will likely not finish, or even get started. Get community, create community, and find your potential.
I didn’t get to connect with Jon Acuff, but the connections I made with others made up for it.
Dr. Michael Nichols is an amazing leader. If I work for someone else I want it to be him.
Jonathan Milligan is a blogger who helps people. I’m watching you, and striving to be where you are. Thanks for the hugs and encouragement. He called me awesome. Yes, this is me blushing.
Aaron Walker has a view from the top. He encouraged me to pick a date to complete my book and drive a stake in the ground. He wanted the date before I left the conference. I gave it to him. The stake is driven. Thank you, Sir.
Pamela Slim helps people escape cubicle nation. She bought me coffee during the conference. It should have been the other way around, and I was privileged to sit at a table with her and her friends to enjoy coffee. Here is the graphic I made just for you, Pamela.
Spending time with the ladies in the Airbnb. I am blessed to have known some of these ladies for more than a year. We had late night talks and early morning strategy sessions. We shared our vulnerabilities with each other and solved problems.
This pic was Heather’s idea to show how huge the shower is, but I look at it differently. We shared our dreams, desires, and special projects and worked out new paths together. The whole weekend was–awesome!
Check out the pics below. You may be in them.
Tickets for next year may be purchased at www.tribeconference.com. If you attended tribe Conference who was your favorite speaker? Share why in the comments.