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Sessions | International Freelancers Day

SESSIONS & SCHEDULE

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SESSION #1 - Opening Keynote: 10:00 A.M. EST on FRIDAY SEP 21

Ed Gandia

The "Factor of 3" Challenge: Achieving Uncommon Success By Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

PRESENTER: Ed Gandia
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There's an enormous gap between what you believe you're capable of and what you can actually accomplish as a freelancer or solopreneur. Self-limiting beliefs, self-imposed limitations and archaic goal-setting philosophies are keeping millions of self-employed professionals from achieving their true potential.

In this session, Ed Gandia explains why our biggest goals are often so elusive and how we can immediately change this pattern. He discusses why the standard advice many success gurus have been promoting keeps us from realizing our biggest dreams. He then introduces a new concept: The "Factor of 3 Challenge" and why it's a much more sensible (and effective!) approach to accomplishing your biggest goals.

Finally, Ed details simple and practical strategies for implementing the Factor of 3 Challenge starting today — on International Freelancers Day! And he'll arm you with the tips and tools you'll need to stay on track over the next 12 months.

Choose the session at each time that you're most interested in watching:

SESSION #2: 11:00 A.M. EST

SESSION #2a

Noah Scalin

Unstuck: How to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing

PRESENTER: Noah Scalin
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Has your creative engine stalled out? Don’t worry; you’re in good company. Everyone needs a creative tune-up from time-to-time and this is where you’ll get the tools for the job.

Artist/designer Noah Scalin, author of 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck: 52 Ways To Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work, and in Your Studio, will share the story of his own yearlong Skull-A-Day project and the benefits he gained from this daily practice – including becoming a published author & sought after corporate speaker, and yes even making an appearance on The Martha Stewart show. He’ll also introduce you to several easy ways to immediately start generating more creative energy that will benefit your life and work.

SESSION #2b

How to Be Amazing When You Suck at Selling

PRESENTER: Tiphani Montgomery
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The Ultimate Guide on Promoting Your Products and Services Like Your Life Depends On It!

You have a great product/service. You've poured out sweat in the form of blood and tears and your baby is finally ready to be released into the world. You close your eyes and imagine the money flooding into your bank account, making all the time you spent on creating this masterpiece worth it. You think about promoting it, but the mere idea makes your skin crawl.

And then you do it. You release it into the world and get NOTHING. Zero. Zilch.

In this presentation, Tiphani Montgomery, the Queen of Fearless Self-Promotion, will teach you selling techniques that will crank out your inner hustlers' spirit, how to step out of the box and promote like a pro, and how to reject rejection (it's a numbers game...really).

SESSION #3: 12:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #3

Erik Vonk

How to Thrive as a Free Agent in the Upcoming Era of Independent Work Arrangements

PRESENTER: Erik Vonk
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Fundamental societal changes, unprecedented economic uncertainty and global megatrends are changing the way work works. Employment is obsolete, and organizations and individuals are aggressively seeking better work arrangements that provide greater flexibility, higher autonomy and improved portability of work benefits.

In this session, Erik Vonk, author of Don't Get a Job, Get a Life and a recognized expert in the field of freelancing and independent contracting, will provide useful insights into the composition and the characteristics of tomorrow’s workforce. You'll learn:

  • Why work worked the way it did ... but no longer does
  • How the nature of exchanging competencies for income is rapidly evolving
  • The most common myths and realities of contingent work arrangements
  • The Affordable Healthcare Act – what's in store for free agents in the U.S.?
  • How freelancers everywhere can position themselves to thrive over the next 5 years

SESSION #4: 1:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #4a

Ilise Benun

Anatomy of a Winning Proposal

PRESENTER: Ilise Benun
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Have you ever seen another creative professional’s proposal?

Most haven’t. So you have no idea whether yours is better or worse, stronger or weaker. You don’t how it compares to the ones your prospects are reviewing alongside yours when they make their decision whether to hire you -- or not.

In this session, Ilise Benun, author of the Proposal Bundle for Designers and Copywriters, will walk you through an actual “winning” proposal and highlight the elements that set this one apart from others submitted. She’ll cover:

  • The 4 types of proposals: which one is right for which situation?
  • What should be in your proposal?
  • What order should the information be in?
  • How many pages is too many?
  • How much self promotion should be included?
  • How should prices be presented?

SESSION #4b

Practically Painless Prospecting

PRESENTER: Steve Slaunwhite
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Do you hate cold calling and other forms of prospecting? You're in good company! Many freelancers find it time-consuming, really awkward, and ultimately not very effective.

But imagine if prospecting wasn't like that. Imagine if there was a simple and painless way you could contact a list of prospects, introduce your services to them, and land a brand new client – this week!

Well, that's what Steve's presentation is all about!

Steve Slaunwhite, co-author of The Wealthy Freelancer, will teach you a NEW approach to prospecting – using email and social media (no cold calling!) – that is easy-to-do and gets great results.

Compared to any other marketing strategy – SEO, networking, you name it – prospecting is by far the fastest way to land new clients. If you do it right, it can also be a simple, even enjoyable, way to quickly build your freelance business.

So say goodbye to traditional cold calling. (Good riddance!) And say hello to Practically Painless Prospecting. This presentation will get you started.

SESSION #5: 2:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #5a

Mike Michalowicz

How To Pumpkin Plan Your Business - A Secret Farming Method Entrepreneurs Can Exploit to Grow Colossally Successful Businesses

PRESENTER: Mike Michalowicz
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Who would have know that pumpkin farmers held the holy grail to business success. Yep, you read that right. Pumpkin farmers. But not your ordinary pumpkin farmer, the colossal pumpkin farmers. Those straw chewing, overall wearing farmers who win big money at the county fair growing half ton pumpkins. The strategies these farmers have mastered over the centuries are the exact same strategies successful entrepreneurs use to grow colossal businesses.

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan, is about to teach you how you can grow your own remarkable, prize winning business by following the pumpkin plan, including:

  1. Seed Selection - Discover why ordinary entrepreneurs plant many seeds, and the extraordinary entrepreneurs are highly selective.
  2. Watering Frequency - Master the technique that wildly successful entrepreneurs use to be constantly in front of the right customers.
  3. Feeding The Root System - Learn why asking for referrals from customers is uncomfortable for everyone and actually hurts your business. Instead utilize the "feeding" system of the vendor network to grow explosively.

Get ready to take notes like never before. And get ready to grow your own giant pumpkin of a business.

SESSION #5b

Amy Porterfield

5 Facebook Marketing Strategies to Create More Engagement, Set Yourself Up as an Authority and Attract Hot Leads

PRESENTER: Amy Porterfield
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Here's what you'll learn in this action-packed presentation:

  • How to grab the attention of your ideal audience on Facebook
  • The quickest way to grow a lucrative fan base
  • How to keep your fans coming back for more
  • Little known ways to move your fans to action
  • How to use the new Promoted Posts to reach even more potential customers and turn them into paying customers

SESSION #6: 3:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #6a

danielle laporte

True Strengths + The Metrics of Ease: why being well rounded is highly overrated.

PRESENTERS: Danielle Laporte
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Would you rather be sufficient, or masterful?

Would you rather be bright, or a freaking supernova?

Would you rather be well rounded, or on your own leading edge?

In this exclusive interview, Danielle LaPorte explains how uncovering and declaring your true strengths enables you to do more of the work that comes easier to you... and less of the work that feels like a grind and stifles your creative spirit. She discusses why approving of your weaknesses is one of the most important things you can do, and why being well-rounded is a highly overrated ideal.

You'll walk away with some new insights on how to realize your true brilliance. And you'll discover how to use your natural strengths to do more of the work you love with clients and partners you truly enjoy.

SESSION #6b

Laura Roeder

3 Steps for Becoming the "Go To" Person in Your Field

PRESENTER: Laura Roeder
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One of the biggest challenges freelancers and solopreneurs face is the seemingly never-ending feast-or-famine cycle of work. You're booked solid one day, desperate for a project the next day.

In this exclusive interview, Laura Roeder explains why we often get caught in this dangerous cycle—and how we can get out of it for good. You'll learn how you can get clients and opportunities to come to you, rather than having to continually chase them. And you'll discover how to become known as the "go to" person in your field or industry by raising your profile and demonstrating expertise in your space.

SESSION #7: 4:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #7a

Dyana Valentine

You know WHAT you do, but do you know WHY?

PRESENTER: Dyana Valentine
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We all have Super Conditions for Greatness that must be present for us to bring our best work into the world. Do you know yours? Well, once you name them and learn how to use them to your best advantage--every.single.one of your decisions will be easier, your collaborations will be more successful and every piece of content, product and service you bring to the world will be more brilliant. Dyana's session will cover the basics of how to find your Super Conditions for Greatness, architect your best Circumstances and define your ideal Roles so that everything you Express in the world will be as great as you are. Put awkward, Uh-I-Have-No-Idea-If this is gonna work moments behind you. This decision-making, purpose clarifying process is revolutionizing the way you do business, test our ideas and communicate with aplomb. Decide to be great. Focus on what makes you greater.

SESSION #7b

Don’t Leave Money on the Table! 13 Negotiation Tips to Earn More

PRESENTER: Carol Tice
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Don’t know what to bid? Scared to ask for more money? Experienced freelance writer Carol Tice of the award-winning Make a Living Writing blog will present her system for making sure you get every dollar you can out of a project.

Gain the confidence you need to ask for the pay you deserve in this practical session. Freelancers are often scared they’ll lose a client if they ask for more money. Carol discusses why negotiating is not just normal but often expected when you work with quality clients!

She’ll also share how to make a counter offer to a client’s proposal without seeming rude or confrontational. The session will cover how to identify good clients, research pay rates, put together a bid, present it professionally, and negotiate for better rates.

SESSION #8: 5:00 P.M. EST

SESSION #8 - Closing Keynote

Designing an Abundant Life

PRESENTER: Peleg Top
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Joyful, life-giving, easy, abundance, seems like an impossible dream for most people. Stuck in fear and worry, unfocused and challenged, we struggle for a better life, because we mistakingly think of abundance as an achievement to earn, rather than a way to live.

Join Peleg Top, Los Angeles based business coach and life mentor, as he shares with you his simple three principle approach to designing the abundant life you desire.

In this intimate presentation you'll learn to design your abundant life. You'll see how the actions you take, the mindset you keep, and the practices you maintain can permanently shift your life and your business into a state of flow. In the flow of abundance you'll be naturally and automatically more creative, more productive and more in tune with your spirit.
 
Ed Gandia

Closing Statements

PRESENTER: Ed Gandia