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The Southern C ... Virtually

If you have followed me for any length of time you know I live for The Southern C summit each year.  I plan for it, I get super organized about how I spend my time there, I beg one of my two best besties to go with me (a dream would be both at the same time) and I go and soak up the time and energy.  It is, hands down, my favorite thing to do for my business each year.  This year since things in our world are so different we can all still attend, just in a different way. 

As usual, attending in person is still a great option.  With extra safe guards in place the team has planned an amazing in person experience.  You can stay in Sea Island and attend and soak up all the goodness that happens in person.  Or ... you can choose my plan and attend virtually.  For a great fee you can attend online and still have access to all of the sessions and mentors.  I am thrilled to have been asked to mentor once again.  At first I wasn't sure how I would feel about a virtual experience but the more time I think on it the more excited I am. One of the best things about attending is soaking up the beauty of Sea Island in February so I will be staying in St. Simons to be able to do just that. There is something about being out of town that time of year that gives me life and sets me up to be super creative.  I will attend online and then use some extra time to plan out my year, or at least the first half of it. 

I am telling you I crave the Summit beginning after Christmas.  I always have new and fun ideas but the Summit kicks them into gear like no other.  

So if you are like me and are worried that the in person experience vs virtual experience won't be the same, here are my thoughts. What makes the conference so successful for me are the people I meet and chat with.  I always want more time with them and never seem to have it at the conference since you are running from thing to thing and it always sparks many conversations in the weeks after. So ... this year I plan to make a list of people I want to meet and speak to and then email each of them for virtual coffee or cocktails.  I can usually tell within 20 minutes if I will vibe with someone so I will be scouting the attendee list and making my "must chat" list. I encourage you to do the same.  No matter how small or large the person is ... and I mean that as we view them.  If there is an editor you wish to meet, email them and ask them for a 15 conversation.  The worst they can say is no, but they rarely do in my experience.  Years ago, and not at summit, I emailed Eddie Ross and ask him for coffee while he was at Atlanta Mart.  We had met before but I really wanted some advice.  He responded and said ... how about a drink and can you meet me after my talk?  That drink turned into two and an hour or so of really good advice and conversation.  I was on the fence about what I wanted to do with my blog and I asked some hard questions, for me, and he was refreshingly honest in the best way.  He told what I needed to hear and it turned into some serious growth for me.  He told me to stop boxing myself in ... and to go for what I wanted.  I did and I have never grown more. 

So ... the real conversations can happen when we step out of our comfort zone ... and always do.  If you have ever wanted to attend this is the year to do it.  I will be there virtually with you and soaking it all up.  I will also be having all the conversations before and after and planning for a stellar year.  I honestly can. not. wait.

To attend virtually you need this ticket ... and do not forget to sign up with a mentor.  I always learn so much from mine! When you click on the link, go to Events at the top and choose 2021 Summit.  I hope to "see" you there! 💗

All photos by Angie Webb 
(who I met in my mentor group at Summit a few years ago)

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