Why I Created a Conference in a World of Too Many Conferences

The world doesn’t need another conference. There are enough summits and meetups and festivals to last a few lifetimes. And we certainly don’t need another event telling you that you aren’t doing enough.

But what there may be room for, what we just might need, is not another busy extravaganza with every minute of the schedule packed to the max, but rather, a place to breathe. A place to be.

An experience that leaves you changed.

For years, people asked me to start a conference. And for years, I resisted. We didn’t need another event with too many people to meet and soon forget. We didn’t need more information and another swag bag full of junk and business cards you have no intention of keeping.

But when I looked around, I saw a gap.

As a writer, I noticed there were two types of conferences that attracted me. One was your typical writers’ conference, during which you usually get all kinds of great writing and storytelling advice and maybe a chance to meet an agent or a publisher. By and large, these events are not up to date on the latest technology and trends in self-publishing, social media, and all the other ways working writers make a living today.

Then, there were the social media and blogging conferences, which focused more on tactics to build an audience and make money, but were not necessarily so helpful in finding your voice and honing your craft.

What I wanted was something in between those two. Or perhaps, both. But I couldn’t find such a conference. So I created it.

The lesson here is simple: when you can’t find the thing you need, go create it.

What the Tribe Conference is and how it’s different

The Tribe Conference is a gathering of writers, creatives, and artists who want to find the audiences their messages deserve without compromising their craft.

If you find yourself worn out by yet another blogging conference telling you about the latest social network or another speaker telling you to “just keep writing,” and you want more than tactics or empty inspiration, then the Tribe Conference is for you.

This is a curriculum-based conference. What that means is we follow a set of proven steps that will help you find the audience your writing deserves.

Here’s how it works. Each session lasts a few hours and includes at least 2–3 speakers per session. I, Jeff, act as the emcee and resident sherpa to help guide you through these sessions and connect the various teachings from the guest speakers.

Session 1: Honing Your Voice

In this session, we’ll talk about what it means to be a writer and communicator and why how you say it matters just as much as what you say.

Session 2: Establishing Your Platform

During this session, we explore what it means to build a platform that gets you noticed today. This is where we cover the nitty gritty of websites, podcasts, and more. You will receive both strategic and tactical advice on what to do to begin building or improving the platform you have.

Session 3: Expanding Your Reach

After laying a solid foundation, we look at the tools and techniques you need to increase your influence. These include email marketing, social media, networking, and more. In this session, you’ll learn what it takes to grow your platform and find your tribe.

Session 4: Going Pro

Finally, we will challenge you to take your tribe to the next level and make a living off serving your audience. Here, we talk about publishing and other means of getting paid for your work.

You can go here to learn more about the conference’s daily schedule.

The speakers

Who are the speakers, and how do they fit into a curriculum-based conference?

Well, first of all, the speakers are my friends. Every person who steps up on that stage is someone I know and trust. And because of that, you, too, can trust them.

We follow the same four-step process each year, but the event is always changing. The reason for this is each guest speaker brings a different perspective and area of expertise with them. So the proven process is the same, but the way it is taught is always changing.

This is the best of both worlds. You get a practical process that gets you real results, all while seeing a dynamic set of professional speakers doing their best work right before you.

Who exactly are these people?

They’re former journalists and retired radio personalities turned podcasters. They’re full-time novelists and professional food bloggers. Most of all, they are people who have found their voice, established a platform, expanded their reach, and gone pro. In other words, they’re worth listening to.

Here’s a taste of who they are and what some of them will share:

  • Emily Freeman, one of my most favorite writers, will be speaking on finding your voice.
  • Michael Port, a former actor and NY Times best-selling author, will be sharing his thoughts on speaking and performance, as well as what it takes to be memorable.
  • Carlos Whittaker, the smartest social media maven I ever did meet, will challenge you to make every moment you’re capturing actually count.
  • Jeff Brown, who has 25 years of professional radio broadcasting experience, will be talking to us about podcasting and how anyone can get started.
  • Asha Dornfest, the founder of one of the biggest parenting blogs in the world, will be talking about growing up with your community and how to keep a good thing going.
  • Chris Marlow, a nonprofit leader and author, will be sharing how to launch a movement that changes the world.
  • Ray Edwards will be schooling us on writing words that persuade.
  • My writing mentor Marion Roach Smith, who used to work for The New York Times and has been coaching writers for two decades, will talk about what it means to write well.
  • Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne, who host an incredibly popular podcast on storytelling called the StoryGrid, will be sharing what it takes to go pro as a writer.
  • Nathan Barry, an author, blogger, and the founder of ConvertKit, will talk about how you can build an engaged and profitable email list.
  • And Chris Ducker, a successful entrepreneur and bloke with a sweet British accent, will be talking about what it means to build a business around your personality.

Joe Bunting will be returning to the conference to host a small fiction writing workshop, and Grant Baldwin will be doing the same for those who want to grow as speakers. We also have a couple of guest speaker panels, which we’ll be sharing more about soon.

And so much more. (Last year, there were musical guests and surprise popsicles, among other things. You just never know.)

What you get when you come

When you sign up for the Tribe Conference, you can choose one of two options:

Standard ticket

This ticket gets you all three days of the conference, including every main stage session and some refreshments during the event (plus other random surprises we throw in).

Premium ticket

Or, you can choose to upgrade to the premium ticket. With this comes all of the above, plus a VIP meet and greet with the speakers, a three-hour workshop after the event, and some other assorted goodies we throw in just to wow you.

Once you’ve decided which ticket is best for you, all that’s left to do is show up ready to learn.

Every dollar we make goes directly toward making this the best conference you’ve ever attended. We want to make this an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

Everything we do at the Tribe Conference is about people — it’s about helping you connect with the tribe you need to go pro and to create a space where community can happen right now.

We believe that every story of success is a story of community. And we’d love to be that community for you.

Will you join our tribe and let us help you find yours?

Early bird pricing for the Tribe Conference expires tonight at midnight! Get your ticket before the price goes up. Learn more here.


This post originally appeared on Goinswriter.com.

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