We talk to a lot of therapists who want to create awesome workshops, trainings, conferences, webinars, or other types of events. We thought today we would share our top tips to creating an amazing event (no matter what type it is).
1. Focus on community.
The truth is, great events are just about information, they are also really about community. Whether the event is offline, online, a hybrid, an hour, or a week- create the kind of community that people want to be a part of. No matter how great the training is, if you don't like the people involved- you won't get the most out of it.
2. Focus on excellence.
I see a lot of people try to focus on something being "cheap" because they think that something being affordable sells well. Nobody buys something because it is cheap- they buy it because it is valuable. Create something really awesome, and then price it at what makes sense for what you are creating.
3. Create a business plan.
Look at the complete expenses- not just financially but also time-wise. Create a plan that will allow you to make the time and money you invest have a return- not in 3 years, but now. Many therapists attempt to get small business loans and find they are turned down. Why? Because their business plan doesn't create opportunities for profit that would allow them to pay their loan payments regularly!
4. Think outside of the box.
When Joe Sanok, Julie Hanks, Kelly Higdon, and I started coming together to talk about putting on a conference- we wanted to create something truly awesome. That meant not just thinking about the content being out of the box, but also the location, the business plan, the food, everything... We also wanted to think outside of the box in the way we involved other people. We reached out to awesome therapist services that we already loved and talked to them about being sponsors for the event- which allowed us flexibility in how we priced the event.
I'm not going to lie to you, there is a LOT that goes into planning a great event- especially if you decide to do a multi-day event like we are doing! Planning my wedding for over 200 people was easier than this! However, the community we've already created with the early bird enrollees is truly amazing. We are having so much fun with the monthly coaching calls, and even having the attendees get a say in designing the event so that they get the most of the process!
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This is a good a time as any to give a huge shout out to the amazing sponsors of the Most Awesome Conference for Therapists. We felt really excited to know we could reach out to some of our most favorite resources (that we already rave about) and allow them to be involved in making this big dream a reality.
A huge shout out and thank you to our awesome sponsors Simple Practice, PsychCentral, Legendary Lion, BrighterVision, CounselChat, Fylmit, AATBS, and QAPrep. Each of these companies really believe in the power of therapists to change and heal our world! We felt really blessed as we considered working with sponsors that we got to be choosy - so feel free to click below to check them out!
- SimplePractice is a fabulous practice management system for solo therapists in private practice.
- Legendary Lion buids gorgeous custom Wordpress Sites (he built Joe's Practice of the Practice website
- PsychCentral is the top resource for therapists around the world.
- Brighter Vision builds websites from the ground up including SEO and unlimited support for only $59 a month
- Fylmit reccords video promos for therapists
- CounselChat creates mobile phone apps for therapists with built in hipaa compliant messaging
- AATBS is an awesome source for CEUs
- QAPrep will help you develop rock solid documentation in private practice
What about you?
How will you make your big dream a reality? What will you do today to start developing an awesome event? Share in the comments below.