You’ve got nothing to hit but the heights.”
— Mama Rose singing the song “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” in the musical “Gypsy.”
You gotta give it to Mark Victor Hansen. He knows how to put on a show.
As many of you know, I attended the “How to Build Your Mega Speaking Empire” in Los Angeles, CA, on November 4-6, created and hosted by Mark Victor Hansen. You know, the guy who wrote and made a mega-empire out of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Mark’s Mega events (Mega Book Marketing, Mega Marketing, and Mega Speaking Empire) provide a platform for some diverse and exceptional experts in the field of marketing, multiple streams of income, and information marketing. And hypnosis. But more on that later.
I was excited to attend this event because I wanted to gather some gems for you on how to be the most amazing public speaker you can possibly be. But once I saw the line up of experts who would be presenting and what they would be talking about, I knew that I was going to get a lot of Mega Marketing without a lot of Mega Meaty Material. Luckily, I was wrong.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
My mission with this very long post is to give you a review of the whole three days in a way that will give you a glimpse of each of the presenters (I missed two presenters due to information overload and a desperate need to hide away in my room to remember who I was) as well as some of the very fun people I met during lunch.
For example, Selena and Alberto Hoyos, whom I met and fell in love with immediately. They are an adorable couple who do life coaching through ballroom dance. And what amazing dancers they are. On the last day they got to dance on the conference stage and they were intoxicating, inspiring and passionate. Here are some photos.
Day One: November 4, 2005
I perused the 17 or so exhibitor tables that lined the lobby of the Grand Ballroom as I waited for the doors to the ballroom to open. These exhibitors were selling all kinds of information products, from “How to Write a Book in Five Days” to Conference Recording Services.
At 8:30 am, the doors to the Grand Ballroom were flung open and we were blasted loud, pulsing, pump-you-up music. You know, the kind they would play before a hockey game or some other beat-‘em-to-a-pulp event. The room was dimly lit except for the fifty yards of theatrical lighting that was hitting the stage with colored swirling lights and throwing fast moving spotlights throughout the room. On stage there was a huge, white, standing backdrop with the words “MEGA” on it.
Keep reading for a photo and the complete review.