Monday, March 23, 2015
We Love to Party!
Here are some the things you need to know about conference.... Everything else you'll learn at our Unit Meetings.... So come to those and get excited!
Register now - pay later! If you sign up on the CBC for Stash Cash BEFORE you register, you can defer your payment until June. Stash cash takes a little bit of your profit from each party you do and puts it aside for your conference fees. The minimum is $10 per party and the maximum is $50per party. It adds up pretty quickly if you do it that way.
DON'T register if you're not sure you will go. There is a $100 administrative fee for cancellations and only conference attendees get the free products. So, once you do register, put it in your diary and make it a priority.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. I strongly suggest sharing a room with someone to save money. Personally, I stay at the Novatel because I'm lazy and don't like to be far from my room. There are other options, including renting a house nearby and having a group of people room together. The best place to talk about what other people are doing is at a Unit Meeting or on Facebook. The highest cost (if you arrive on Wednesday night) would be four nights of accommodation at about $150 per person. You can definitely be more thrifty than that.
Conference Air Travel
Conference Registration opens at 12:00 on the Thursday afternoon and the conference starts at 1:45. The other Unit Leaders and I will be organising a brunch meeting at 10:30 on Thursday morning for all of the future Nirvana group. I will be arriving on the Wednesday evening so that I'm fresh and ready on Thursday. If you need to travel on Thursday, please take a very early flight. There are heaps of sales as the date gets closer. Fly into Brisbane if you can - the Gold Coast will cost you as much in road travel as the cost to fly directly to Brisbane. I usually get flights for less than $200. (Note: I NEVER fly JetStar.)
Conference GROUND TRANSPORTATION
You should definitely share taxis or shuttles getting to and from the Exhibition Centre. You won’t need a car.
Breakfasts: Hotel breakfasts or cafes might be a good solution for you. Personally, I eat breakfast in my room most mornings. We also are going to organise some early morning walks this year.
Thursday: Light snacks are served on Thursday evening, so we usually eat a pizza or something at the hotel bar after the meet and greet.
Friday morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea are provided. We will be free to go out to dinner. Each Unit might come up with a plan. Cost of dinner is usually less than $50 and the restaurants in the past have been BYO (so I bring a bottle of wine from home).
Saturday, other than breakfast, all food is included: morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and the gala dinner.
You are under no obligation to participate in conference shop, but there are usually some great bargains to be had – exclusive to conference attendees. I buy door prize items and small host gifts. You can also do personal shopping, gift purchases, and stock up on wax (usually discontinued fragrances).
All in all, with flights, accommodation, registration, breakfasts, 2 dinners, beverages, and conference shop, I suppose I spend about $1000-$1200. That's $300 a day. I get back motivation, inspiration, education, friendships, training, stories, free products, pride in our company, and incentives to achieve even more in my business. My return on investment is FANTASTIC. Do 2-3 extra parties in each of April, May and June and it's basically paid for before you even get there.
OK – I hope I’ve given you lots of reasons to ask more questions, get planning, and get your registration in! You will absolutely LOVE conference. Once you go, it’ll be something you’ll tell other people they shouldn’t miss. I promise.