I just got back from Tribe Conference in Franklin, Tennessee! It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Jeff Goins is the author, blogger and Encourager-in-Chief who is the driving force behind this annual “Disneyland for Entrepreneurs” as Anna Sabino calls it. He’s given me many free, invaluable resources and I also bought his Intentional Blog course. Jeff has written many powerful things but one of my favorites is Seven Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling. I was electrified when I first read it. It was a thrill to meet him and to connect with the Tribe community in such a vital way for the first time. Here are more highlights:
Meeting novelist and teacher Shaunta Grimes. For anyone who wants to write, her Ninja Writers community is a godsend. Shaunta is just as insightful, warm and engaging in person as she is online. I’m making my way through her Plotting Course — a must for anyone who is working on, or thinking about, fiction. We gathered novelists together for a special lunch during the conference and fellow Ninja Writers showed up in special “Shauntourage” t-shirts they made themselves. They knocked me out.
Meeting Sean McCabe and hearing him speak. His book, Overlap, has just launched and helps people start a business while holding down a full-time job. Sean’s story is a riveting one and we were talking about his presentation all day.
Hearing Marsha Shandur talk about her dork goblin. This is the annoying personality who emerges whenever she’s meeting a powerful influencer for the first time — someone whom she’d very much like to impress and be besties with. Marsha’s dork goblin is called Cynthia, has a goofy face, is shrill, breathless and talks non-stop. Only she’s funnier than that. Marsha treated us to an impression of Cynthia and had us rolling in the aisles. Someone in the audience said her dork goblin gesticulates wildly with her right arm. Another person said he stammers and stutters ineffectually. I’m pleased to say my dork goblin made no appearances at the conference though I have to admit I was a tad breathless during one particular conversation.
Tribe Conference was a creative transfusion for me — a jolt of artistic stimulus and it will probably be a while before I’ve processed everything I got out of it. I came home with an even bigger “to do” list for my novel than before I left. But I love that — What a great problem to have!