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 it – you 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!
“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.S. I wanted to especially thank Todd Falcone for being such a great M.C. at the event – you rocked man