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My personal review and experience at the No Excuses Summit II

I just got done with the event ‘No Excuses II’ and I had a completely fascinating set of experiences I wanted to share.

First of all, if you didn’t make ityou definitely missed out. We had a company of some of the top producers in internet marketing, and some distributors who have built teams of 200,000 active distributors the old school way shared their stories – and also some reps from the top tier direct sales industry who are world famous producers.

I was definitely the odd-ball there, for a couple of reasons.  First, I was the only speaker who not only didn’t wear dress shoes – in fact, I didn’t wear shoes.  Lol.  I wandered around at my table in sandals, relaxed beach-pants, and a t-shirt taking pictures and connecting with people I’ve met online over the last year.

Second, I was the only speaker (other than my boy Ray Higdon) who didn’t prepare any kind of professional sign for my booth.  I went to Vegas about a day early, and was meeting up with reps and didn’t feel like making one.  Instead, I got a last minute bright red sign, and taped it to a piece of cardboard.

The sign said something like “Learn how a homeless man went from living in a 1996 dodge caravan to being the #1 producer inside of MyLeadSystemPro”. It was funny, because that big red, stupid sign brought more traffic to my table than people who had paid for a graphic artist to produce a professionally designed banner.  If I can find a picture of it later, I’ll put it up for you.  That re-inforced something I learned from Dan Kennedy – that ugly copy sells :) I just took a photo – check it out:

The event itself was amazing, I got to hear strategies from Ray Higdon, Mike Dillard, Brian Fanale, Norbert Orlewicz, Jay Kubasek, Andrew Cass, and a lot more.  I’d have to say that I probably learned more than from any single event that I’ve ever been to.

Let me tell you WHY I learned more, though (In my opinion).  It was because I had a chance to get to know the speakers personally – I got to eat dinner with Mike Dillard, David Schwind, Aaron Rashkin, Mark Hoverson (hilarious guy) Mia Davies (not a speaker, but a rockstar, none the less) and other people who produce legendary results online, and get to know the kind of men and women that they are in their personal lives.

What I saw was an incredible diversity of success – sometimes it feels (especially when you’re new) that people in this industry are exactly the same, and you have to have a particular kind of personality in order to be able to produce results.  Not the case.  I could point out how different I am from Todd Falcone – yet still, we’re both prolific recruiters in our own way.  Or how about the fact that Norbert Orlewicz has a strong organizational and planning faculty that just doesn’t seem to exist in my brain, or that Mark Hoverson seems to have jedi powers, and when you get around him, you don’t know quite why you want to buy so bad…  Plus, apparently he has a huge penis.

EVERYONE can succeed in this online universe, if they work at it in a way that makes sense for their business.

I also saw an incredible diversity of speaking abilities who were massively successful online and offline.  One thing I thought was funny, is that Mike Dillard sucks at public speaking.  (not making fun of him, keep reading) For the longest time, I had the presupposition (an assumed belief), that you had to be good at speaking to be successful in this industry.  Mike Dillard hates public speaking (it’s obvious watching him) and LITERALLY reads his speeches word for word off of prepared, written copy.  (Blew my mind).  BUT, even though he literally READ his speech, it still inspired fear, awe, and desire like he had the motivational ability of Tony Robbins.  Literally, people were about to crap their pants with both fear and motivation after seeing him READ a speech word for word, obviously nervous on stage.

Here’s a picture my good friend Christopher Paraldi took of Mike Dillard, reading his speech word for word, terrifying the heck out of everyone about the end of the world (it was a REALLY, really well written speech, people were squirming in their chairs it made them so uncomfortable – but it was so good you couldn’t leave the room):

Someone who didn’t know me might think I was making fun of Dillard for the way he speaks – but what does this really tell me? It says to me that even those with a dominant analytical faculty who HATE being in front of people can influence the masses by using their skills and learning to master the game – which for me gives greater value and increased hope, and opens this industry up to a whole new group of people.

That gave me a really good idea, actually (more on that in a future post).

The biggest thing I got from the event, however, is that you can succeed in Network Marketing, regardless of your background.  Both Susan Sly and myself, as an example, started building a business after living in a car (a Van for myself) and have become top producers in our respective companies.  Mike Dillard and Norbert Orlewicz both are strong analytical personalities who failed miserably at traditional network marketing for YEARS before having any success.  Both Ray Higdon and myself hate tracking things, and have a unique ability to create information and content on demand.

YOU can do this, and there was someone at No Excuses II who you would have related to, if you weren’t there.

Here’s my favorite part of the story, though.  This was my first attempt at really making ‘event money’ (last time I spoke at an event, I made about $6,000, but decided to just not charge everyone in favor of less hassle – funny story).

This event, (my first attempt at this), I earned more than $30,000 in 2 hours (not selling directly from stage, but in my breakout room – with an incredibly ‘soft’ sale wearing the totally ridiculous t-shirt that you see on the left).  Here’s the funny thing, though – I spoke after Mike Dillard and Susan Sly (both badasses who are more well known than me), was the LAST speaker on the LAST day, (the worst day to earn money from events, apparently) and still, I had the biggest breakout room from the whole weekend, and produced more sales than any one of the other 25 speakers at the event (even though, really – a lot of them have greater skill than me in a bunch of areas, and I respect them a lot)

That blew my mind – and my biggest breakthrough was that any time I want, at any moment, I now believe I can make a million dollars if I choose.  It was a breakthrough moment for me.

I want you to take a good look at the ridiculous, hilarious t-shirt to the left (design courtesy of Ben Starner), and say out loud: “It’s possible to make $30,000 in 2 hours wearing that ridiculous thing”…  Lol.  I responded like that, too :)

This was actually one of my favorite things – I made this ridiculous intro video (only 60 seconds I think), watch it, it’s hilarious:

I thought this was especially funny, because there were a lot of video introductions, and mine was the only one that was completely, and utterly pointless.  Lol.  I don’t know if you’ll think it’s as funny as I did, but let me know your thoughts.

Here’s a picture of me speaking on stage:

I believe after seeing this that the world is sick of the same old message, and that we are at a point in the world where a dynamic shift in thinking is happening that is changing business forever.  People don’t want to live in cubicles, and they don’t want to have to dress in suits (unless they love to) – people want to connect with authenticity, reality, and heart – and that’s what I felt from No Excuses.

I wanted to thank all of the great speakers that were there – and I know I didn’t mention a lot of you, but I wanted you all to know, I appreciate you.  Thank you Ray and Fernie (The SEO Networkers) for inviting me to speak, you guys are great, and I’m thankful for all that you do.

Let’s take the world to new heights of greatness, create a movement that spawns legends, and help the world get free – I love you all.

I’ll be putting up a video soon on HOW I was able to sell $30,000 in products in 2 hours (95% profit margins) wearing sandals, a ridiculous t-shirt – and saying the word ‘penis’ several times on stage.

I think it was the ‘insider reference‘ to Mark Hoverson’s penis that made the show successful – thanks for telling me about how awesome it apparently is several times Mark, you rock!

To the TOP,
David Wood

“Blogging at the airport in Miami on the way back home to Costa Rica”

P.S. I’m going to be putting up a video explaining a ‘top secret’ language technique I used to put over 150 people in a breakout room in Vegas here in a day or two – if you don’t see it up by Monday, bug me for it, it means I forgot :P

P.P.S. I wanted to especially thank Todd Falcone for being such a great M.C. at the event – you rocked man :)

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Jack Foley
Jack Foley

Wow, Thats why ur so popular David. You are so honest and to the point. Its like the like of attaction in motion.. The truth resonates and u just open urself to the world of who you are and they are massively attracted..

Steve Jaffe
Steve Jaffe

Your intro video is brilliant. I think you should use it to open *every* video you create. For real. Old guy with a beard? Luv it...

Alecia
Alecia

What success must feel like. Most have a hard time understanding the vision they want to create like you have David. Thanks for your inspiration.

Jerry
Jerry

This was my first non-company event and No Excuses rocked! Yes, EVERYONE can succeed, and do it THEIR WAY! David, you proved anyone can just do it! I loved your honesty and bod truth from stage! I don't anyone who could insult the great Mike Dillard more than you,and still be hilarious. I look forward to your coaching program!

Jonathan sweeting
Jonathan sweeting

Lol Dave You the man! I have more fun watching and reading Your stuff than than TV. You always remind Me that You don't have to be a tight ass sales person to make it big, the simpler the better, and that intro was crazy to Me, I enjoyed that.

Brian
Brian

Great post wood... When I got started in this industry 6.5 yrs ago I definitely thought that you had to have a particular personality to succeed. So I tried to "be" like all the guys and gals in my company who were making over $100K / month. Problem was, I wasn't them, and it wasn't until I bought into my own greatness, started being ME, and let go of trying to be like the top dawg in my company that I started having massive success. With soooo many leaders at the No Excuses 2 Summit, anyone could have found a speaker / leader they could resonate with, and that's what it's all about! Learn from every speaker, take what you like and leave the rest, and just be YOU! Great time in Vegas bro... looking forward to Mexico with you in a couple days! - b

Nps
Nps

awesome post and cool presentation

Piyush Patel
Piyush Patel

Awesome post, David! You forgot to share the part where you jumped into the pool LOL

Maria Eves
Maria Eves

I luv the intro video David its certainly you. You are a born midas touch. Everything u touch turns to gold. Great mindset and great leadership. Thx for shareing all that you do David. Maria Eves MLM Network Marketing

Kenneth Pihl
Kenneth Pihl

Hi David, I've been following your activity for a while now. You are really an inspiration, and at times extremely funny, even when you deliver valuable information. And you'r right: your promo video is funny as h.. Keep me laughing and learning, thanks for everything Kenneth/Denmark/Europe P.S. I never thought you had ever doubted you could make a million?

Krisna
Krisna

David, I am SO PROUD of you! Absolutely one of the best people to hang out with at an event like this. Thanks for putting up with me. :) Congrats on all of your accomplishments....Looking forward to seeing you jump out of a plane soon!

Gregg Moscoe
Gregg Moscoe

David, You are a wild man, but your story unreels as authentically as anyone on that stage... It just seems to be in a slightly different universe. You are the Dr. Gonzo J. Rambo of marketing. And your message about commitment, vision, controlling the process and the language hit all the right notes. It's hard to argue with results, particularly when you seem to be having so much fun getting them, even while Mike Dillard is scaring the bejesus out of everyone. Rock the 'Rica and come back soon.

James Ball
James Ball

David, love the intro video! That is you, it's your brand. People see you and know they don't have to be dressed in million dollar suits to succeed... James p.s. that would be sometihg to surprize us all by wearing a million dollar suit someday. LOL

George Fourie
George Fourie

Hey David! That's why you're so successful in my opinion, you just keep it so dang real and say it as it is. Keep on Rockin! :)

Ruth
Ruth

Awesome David. There's something really unique about you and the kind of things you come up with.

Chris Burpee
Chris Burpee

Awesome presentation in Vegas DW! Thanks again.

Angel Taylor
Angel Taylor

Love the intro video LOL I hate I missed this year's NES but I'm sure I'll run into you again sometime soon :)

Joshua Moya
Joshua Moya

Subliminal Stimuli = Awesome! I caught the credits David, that's genius!

John Chatman
John Chatman

LOL.... you are one unique individual my friend. Keep rockin.

Matson Magleby
Matson Magleby

It is no surprise to me that you filled the breakout room on the last day and sold a boat load. What makes you different than most of the speakers at the event is that they make their money selling information how to build a downline. Most don't even have a downline anymore. You are the real deal. You are actually rocking it and building a passive residual income. That resonates with the people at the show that want to do what you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Chris McCargar
Chris McCargar

David - Your presentation was worth waiting for! You gave us some GREAT value, insight, and the understanding that success in this industry is within everyone's reach - just by being you. You packed alot of good info and content into your talk.... as well as a few laughs! I didn't know your name before... but I sure won't forget it now. You were in the perfect time slot! You reinforced what everyone had said... as a living example, the "poster boy" who did it in his own style. I thought that YOU were one of the HIGHLIGHTS of the EVENT!

Katie
Katie

A week ago I had never heard of David Wood; now I'm a follower - maybe you're the one with the Jedi mind powers! I was laughing through your presentation - loved it! I was glad I got to meet you!

Paul Hutchings
Paul Hutchings

Hey Dave.. It was awesome meeting you in person. Thanks for spending some time with me and thanks for "sneaking" me into the VIP event. Watching you make $30K from stage was a breakthrough for me as well. So was meeting in you and other leaders in person. It made me realize that personal development is really the only thing standing between a person and massive success. You rock bro.

Randy Reek
Randy Reek

Dave Wood cracks me up! Dave, you are proof positive that everyone just wants an honest, plain information. You don't have to add any hype - your results speak for themselves. Keep it up!

Steven Schmeltzle
Steven Schmeltzle

Hey David, Wow! Awesome review of the event and I must say I am impressed with your results! Good for you! Yeah, that intro video was pretty funny.

Greg Greer
Greg Greer

Great post, David! Appreciate you sharing this one

Kenny Perkins
Kenny Perkins

The video was SUPER cool. I can see why people flocked your breakout session. Btw...where did you get the kick ass music for your promo video? Keep rockin' man. I truly appreciate who you are and what I have learned from you.

Violet Koncz
Violet Koncz

Great post! Wished I could have been there but I am excited to hear more about how it went :)

Micah
Micah

Sorry I missed it, sounds like it was a blast!

Tracie Davis
Tracie Davis

I enjoyed your presentation both on stage and in the break out session so much! Thanks for keeping it real! You made me BET on me AGAIN! Blessings!

Elijah Brewer
Elijah Brewer

That was a real funny video- That's definitely something I would do--3 shots of jumping in the water and random shots of me talking. Good Stuff!

Kelvin Augusta
Kelvin Augusta

Hey David, that video was definitely funny but very powerfully true... enjoyed the post man, keep on insprining.

Luc Despres
Luc Despres

Hey David, awesome post buddy! I love the part where you say "People don’t want to live in cubicles, and they don’t want to have to dress in suits (unless they love to) – people want to connect with authenticity, reality, and heart" I've been trying to push that quite a bit lately. I've come to understand that it's not in your ability to impress. It's more in your ability to press upon the minds of those you interact with. You NEED to have a vision and a story to share and then get good at sharing that vision and story. But probably the most important thing is how vigorous you are at moving your vision forward consistently and packaging it in a way that will impact the lives of others. Thanks for all you do bud. I'll be looking forward to your next post :) Luc Despres

Ray Higdon
Ray Higdon

You rocked it out my friend, proud of you and honored to work with you brother

Rey Alecio
Rey Alecio

Great post and good to have you back! Oh yeah... nice credits at the end of the intro video lol "your unconscious mind has the desire to buy everything here..."

Thomas
Thomas

David- Excellent post. I love your honesty that you bring to the table. You will make a million Dolars - witout a doubt! Thomas aka The Exceptional Joe

Bob Hurst
Bob Hurst

Awesome word Dave, Your a true leader and it shows in everything you do.

Paul Hutchings
Paul Hutchings

Yeah.. It was pretty awesome. You'll have to come to the next one. :-)

David Wood
David Wood

Thanks Randy :) I will my friend.

David Wood
David Wood

That music is yet again one of the many advantages of a mac :)

rasheda bryant
rasheda bryant

Man it was friggin' sweet dude. You missed out bigtime (just be at the next one)

rasheda bryant
rasheda bryant

Thanks Tracie :) it was great to meet you in person in Vegas :)

rasheda bryant
rasheda bryant

Lol. as much as I make fun of that stuff, it's actually a really good way to 'break state' and get people in a mood to receive information - to get attention, entertainment almost always wins over knowledge. (then you have to get the knowledge too - which you can do right now, buy deciding to buy everything at any time you choose...) -dave

rasheda bryant
rasheda bryant

Thanks Luc - I think it's important not just to work on connecting with others and conveying a message, but how that message alters and affects a person's/prospects internal representations and belief systems. :)

rasheda bryant
rasheda bryant

Hey you're the man Ray - together, you and I were the first and the last...

David Wood
David Wood

Lol. Yeah that was funny. At the event, they just quickly flashed for a moment :) Not a lot of people noticed. -dave

David Wood
David Wood

What I meant by the 'million dollars' is I believe now I can make a million dollars any time I want, which is a major distinction (will probably fix it later) But... ...thanks pal :)

Rey Alecio
Rey Alecio

Haha that's what subliminal messages are all about

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