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Mediation Business Summit – Day 1 – you don’t know what you missed!

by Amanda on September 16, 2010

What a fantastic day we’ve had at the Mediation Business Summit! Thanks to my co-host, Tammy Lenski for being a great team mate and a great interviewer.

We kicked of with the amazing Michael Port who had some terrific insights and ideas about marketing in our field an especially for those of us who really don’t like traditional marketing. His gentle but persuasive way is certainly the reason why his books are so successful. If you wanted to know how to develop your client base (and stay sane), build an effective network and be yourself at the same time, then this was the place to be for his highly professional approach and advice.  I also recommend that you read Tammy’s profile of him.

I have certainly learned a great deal from Michael during the time we have been preparing for this teleseminar and I know Tammy feels the same. He has been truly delightful to work with. He did make me blush at the end of the conversation with his comments about the English accent and most of all his compliments about how we have been running the summit. It is so nice, it made my day and I have to quote him…

I have been involved with 100s if not 1000s of teleseminars and you two are head and shoulders above the field…. What you are doing for your community is just the highest in service. So thank you for the opportunity to be part of it.

Thank you, Michael for making it possible. You can follow him on Twitter @michaelport and you can see the tweets from some who attended by searching the hash tag #mbs

I will be posting more about how to get the recordings of all the Summit sessions next week.

Our second guest was the ‘Irresistible Liz Strauss“. Liz has a wonderful gift of finding the right metaphors which bring her points right into focus and relevance. Building loyal customers is a big topic for our community and so her tips and expertise were really timely and just right for an audience which is often challenged on how to build a loyal following given the nature of our work

Thank you, Liz, for making the session practical and inspiring at the same time.

You can follow Liz on Twitter @lizstrauss and her blog is at

And our third guest was Char Polanosky who is a supremely busy web designer and developer. My memory of Char’s presentation is how concise and relevant her advice was about all aspects of web site building and design. She must say these things to her clients hundreds of times and yet it sounded fresh, comprehensive and ‘possible’. If you wanted to have an overview of what you need to get an effective web site up and running, what to avoid and where WordPress fits into the picture, this session was right on the money. Her website essentials handout is terrific too.

Thank you Char, for a fabulous resource which will put any newbie on the right road with great tips on how to avoid wasting money.

I am so looking forward to the sessions tomorrow. We start with Phil Gerbyshak, followed by Denise Wakeman and ending the day with the SPIYT lady, Carol Roth and if you don’t know what SPIYT stands for, you will if you check out the link! It’s not too late to join us tomorrow.



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