#056: 5 Great Reasons To Host a Seminar [Podcast]

Hosting a seminar can be expensive, risky, stressful, and the source of many potential headaches. So why on earth would you want to host your own seminar?

I can think of 5 good reasons. And in this episode we'll examine them.


Here's what else is up in this week's podcast episode:

  • In favor of simplification of your business.
  • How can God help me in my business?
  • Stu McLaren is back and has some thoughts on progress.
  • Plus, our feature presentation… 5 Great Reasons To Host a Seminar

Tip Of The Week

There are 3 good reasons to simplifying your business.

  1. Simplifying helps you to focus more on the most profitable elements of your business.
  2. Simplifying helps you get paid more for what you sell.
  3. Simplifying helps your customers feel as if they are clear on what you do.

Spiritual Foundations

What's the most concrete way God can help you in your business?

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
John 16:13

How does God answer or speak to us? Some ways…

  • His written Word.
  • Strong impressions.
  • Other people.
  • Coincidence and circumstances.
  • The audible Voice.
  • Dreams and visions.

The quickest way to get an answer from God is to (1) ask and then (2) listen. Try it!

Lifestyle Business Segment

Stu McLaren,  superstar entrepreneur from WishList Products And RhinoSupport, brings us our Lifestyle Business Segment. This week, Stu tackles the subject of progress.

Feature Segment: 5 Great Reasons To Host a Seminar

I have hosted quite a few of my own events over the years. This past week, I just completed my most ambitious seminar to date. It included a crew for running the administrative side of the seminar, and audiovisual team that handled all of the video, music, microphones, lighting, etc. Several guest speakers. Getting people to show up for the seminar. And a host of other details. It was mega stressful. I also felt compelled to do it, and I'm not sorry for a minute.

After having been through this taxing experience more than once, one might ask me the question, “why on earth would you put yourself through this, Ray?”

I can think of at least five good reasons why it's great to do your own seminars.

  1. It's a great way to create a product.
  2. It's a great way to offer higher end programs for sale.
  3. It's a great way to crystallize your thinking.
  4. It's a great way to network and bond.
  5. It's a great way to expand your thinking.

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Thank you guys for verbalizing the concept of making progress the priority. It is so profound. A lot of persons including myself have this challenge and really can’t pin point what’s the obstacle when we look back and see why we haven’t managed to accomplish all that we had wished. And it’s because we haven’t made progress the priority in our goals. Simple yet fantastic stuff.

  • Kellen Carroll

    I would love to hear your ideas on how we can simplify our business processes. I am new to your blog, thanks to Michael Hyatt!! Love the podcast, very well done! By far one of the best out there right now! Keep it up!!

    I am currently putting my blog together. Looking forward to learning and connecting with awesome people.

    • Kellen,

      Thank you so much for giving the blog and the podcast a try. I appreciate your kind words.

      I am thinking through a blog post, and perhaps an entire podcast, devoted to the simplification of business processes. Is there anything in particular you would like me to address?

      • Kellen Carroll

        Time Management is a huge issue for me right now. I was listening to your podcast on the results of your “Productivity Experiment” and was encouraged to hear I’m not the only one out there that spends more time looking for productivity tools than being productive.

        I am all about new tools! But, this wastes so much of my time looking for things to help. I am a husband and a father to four girls ages 11, 9, 2, 1. So, needless to say I am an extremely busy man, trying to figure out how to best manage my time.

        But, I would love to get my blog off the ground and be able to contribute in ways that I think God has gifted me. This leads to the idea that I need to have simple processes and goals to achieve, not that achieving goals is a simple task. Instead, making simple goals that are achievable. I am currently listening to as many podcasts as possible and reading as many bloggers as I have time. Learning a wealth of information!!!

        I guess to answer your question, Time Management would be the topic of choice right now. How to guard myself from setting processes in place that are extremely time consuming and not productive.