***HOW I GOT MY LATEST BOOK DEAL***
When I started teaching the Get It Done Workshop in 2001, I had no intention of starting a business.
I just needed to make some extra money, and I thought that maybe I could help people.
So I borrowed a seldom-used room at my church and ended up getting 11 people to take my 6-week course.
I think I made $8250, which I thought was amazing.
I still think it’s amazing.
In 2009, I got the idea that maybe I could teach Get It Done full time. I started teaching on InstantTeleseminar (remember that??) and started building my email list, because I could now teach people no matter where they lived.
I started to learn about small business and marketing and sales. It was like learning a new language – but I liked it.
Turns out “business” is just another word for “people.”
In 2012 I got my first book deal with New World Library – with a very modest advance and a long publication timeline, since I was a complete unknown.
But thanks to my (then) over 10 years of experience teaching Get It Done, I could demonstrate that there was an audience for this work. Plus my email list had grown quite a bit, and publishers love that.
By now I was offering an array of courses, workshops and live events.
I adored it.
In 2016, I wrote and published my second book with New World, “Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists.”
More workshops, more courses, more live events – and I was starting to be asked to teach and speak and deliver keynotes at conferences all over.
In March, 2020 I had just returned from co-leading an amazing retreat workshop with my best friend in Belize when the world shut down.
I started filming courses with Madecraft, a production company in Santa Barbara, and they sold them to LinkedIn Learning and other online learning platforms.
In the last two and a half years, I got kicked out of the apartment on the beach I’d been in for 10 years (the building got sold and turned into an AirBnB), my cat died, my best friend died, my father got a terminal diagnosis and died, and I got Long-Haul C0vid, making it almost impossible for me to work.
In any other business, this all would have spelt complete disaster.
THE HAPPY ENDING:
Thanks to all that is good, my business is based on workshops.
So I was able to keep teaching online, even while sick, plus my LinkedIn Courses keep gathering steam.
I now have almost a million “learners” worldwide on LinkedIn Learning.
Which helped me get my latest book deal.
We adopted two more kitties, and I was able to buy my first house – in Connecticut – with four bedrooms and private lake access. I am getting treatment from the Long-Haul Clinic at Yale, and am feeling better all the time.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY:
The ability to lead and teach workshops has not just built my business – it’s saved my life.
By “workshop” I mean everything from:
– simple 2-hour Saturday afternoon trainings
– six-week intensives
– 3-Day Live Events (with over 100 people coming from all over the world)
– high-end year-long trainings
– luxury week-long Retreat in Belize (and this year – Crete!)
And YOU CAN DO IT, TOO.
Yesterday I delivered a little training about how to Turn Your Wisdom Into (Online) Workshops) and you can see it here https://fb.watch/lkwLZQoRi6/
We’ve got a VERY SPECIAL SALE going on right now for my Turn Your Wisdom Into (Online) Workshops right now –
—-> Check out the offer here and get $100 OFF plus a $750 BONUS: https://therealsambennett.com/wiow
Leading workshops (online or in real life) is an amazing way to share your wealth of knowledge, make some extra cash and have a lot of fun.
Consider it, won’t you?
I can’t wait to hear what *****your workshop success story***** will be.
P.S. Can you think of a friend who might be interested in this special offer? Feel free to send them over to https://therealsambennett.com/wiow to see all the details. Thanks – S.
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