Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

A Van + Six Months = New Connections

June 30, 2015, 12:00 am

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...

Posted by Nancy at 12:00 am
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January 13, 2016 10:59am
Jan McLaughlin

Such a treat to meet Dave and see you again, Nancy. Glad you made it up here to Seattle! Such an adventure you two are on. Continue to have fun!
Warmly, Jan

September 21, 2015 9:41am
Mary Elizabeth Murphy

Hello Nancy,

I saw your post on NSA Facebook regarding your trip. Congratulations. A similar trip has been my heart's desire for several years. Your courage is inspiring.

Please contact me if you are planning to come through Charlotte NC or near. I would love to meet you and support your journey. Oh and we have a shower.

With gratitude,
Mary Elizabeth

September 20, 2015 3:37am
Captain Jim Gordon

Nancy, thanks for your pre-tour stop in Richmond. What you are doing is so exciting!

July 29, 2015 3:32pm
Scott Greenberg

Nancy- Nothing old school about doing business remotely. Very 21st century! I hope our paths cross.

July 29, 2015 12:31pm
Sue Connon

What a great adventure you are embarking on, I'm so happy for you! You are always welcome to stay here when you come to my area. I'm sure you won't want to come in the winter but we have optimistic plans for spring. Good luck and Happy Trails to you.

July 27, 2015 10:18pm
Eric Kulikowski

Nancy, I am envious of your upcoming journey. If you make it near Pittsburgh, PA there is a shower and a real bed that you can call home for a night. Great local food awaits you. Stay amazing!!

July 27, 2015 11:57am
Barbara Chatzkel

Nancy -- Hello from another brain tumor survivor. It definitely makes one look at the world differently. I love your journey and hope you will be in the Phoenix area. I would love to meet you and chat.

July 27, 2015 11:12am
Marc A. Pitman,

Good for you, Nancy!

I'm disappointed I'll miss you in New England. After living in Maine for more than a decade, I'm moving my family to Greenville, SC. Still small town-ish but MUCH better airports for my speaking trips. And great arts opportunities for our kids.

Is there a way to find out if you're coming through Greenville?

July 27, 2015 11:03am

Hi Nancy, I am so happy to hear you are doing this, I agree with you, as great as technology is you cant beat person to person. Enjoy your time on the road, if you come to Newfoundland we have a shower for ya! Have a great time and maybe we may see you.

July 27, 2015 12:35am
Nancy Noonan

A fabulous idea and adventure, Nancy V.! We're in the Boulder/Denver area and have a shower that goes with two guest rooms! Would love to have you, so let me know if you get to our area!

Nancy N.