When you can book speakers from anywhere, why not do it from one of the prettiest places on the planet? I’m happily booking speakers from beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, serving clients nationwide. Technology makes it possible, but, is that all there is?
It’s no secret: I’m old school, as cliché as it gets. I want to make meaningful connections with clients, have conversations on the phone, get to know them as people, and take care of business in a personal way. When possible, I want to meet them. Unfortunately, tech conveniences get in the way of human interactions.
That’s one of the reasons I’m hitting the road this fall (with husband Dave as head chauffeur) in a 20-year-old, 19-foot motorhome (a van, really), to see clients I’ve never met face-to-face, and meet new, potential clients…while conducting bureau business from the convenience of wherever we are.
The other reason I’m taking this journey is because I recently went through a nine-hour brain surgery near Detroit to remove a large tumor; I'm doing remarkably well, considering. Yet, naturally, when you go through something like that, you start to analyze a lot of things, including your work.
During my 7-day stay in the hospital I actually booked a speaker three days after the surgery, putting on my best acting voice, then promptly flopping back on the pillow afterwards. Contemplating this later, I figured if I can book a speaker from a hospital bed with rails, a call button and a morphine drip, then, once again, I can book a speaker from anywhere! So, why not do it from the road for a while?
Yes, we’ll be living out of tight quarters, sparsely, but adequately equipped - towing a 4’ x 6’ shiny Wells Cargo trailer behind with the essentials. However, as I literally know hundreds of speakers around the country, I’m putting the word out NOW: Should you live near an area we’ll be in, we’d love to come visit…and, can we please use your shower? Please.
Initially, we’ll be traveling from Michigan through Ontario, Canada, and on into Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany (New York), through the New England region, then Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania before circling north again to Massachusetts by November 14 where I’ll be speaking to the New England Chapter of National Speakers Association.
Following that, until mid-April 2016, I intend to travel through much of the contiguous United States (except for places where winter weather would be difficult), initiating brief meet-and-greets with meeting and event planners I’ve not yet worked with. My beautiful catalog, Portfolio of Speakers – a terrific idea book – will be my calling card.
Throughout this journey, I’ll be posting about this wild and crazy business experiment (some people have called it brilliant!), both here and on Facebook. I want to prove that "Old School" is still the best way to do business. I'm even referring to it as the "NEW New Normal." At any rate, we shall see where Nancy Vogl’s Bureau Tour leads...