The agenda is designed to provide a full curriculum around the theme"leveraging your online network to benefit your offline life."

Meet your #NLVAtlanta2019 Facilitators!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

8:30am - Continental breakfast and welcome
Hosted by Sarah Elkins and Elkins Consulting Inc.

9:00am - communication development, Who we are and why we're here
hosted by Sarah Elkins

Topic Tie-In: All relationships depend on our ability to communicate effectively. This is the foundation for #NLV.


YOUR "MOMENT BEFORE", SET YOUR INTENTIONS
hosted by OKSANA ESBERARD & LILA SMITH

Topic Tie-In: When we start our day with intention, mindfulness, and a routine that releases us to explore our day, we true motivation for real action and potential for success.

Summary: Mindfulness, the buzzword we've been hearing for a while, isn't a one-and-done thing, and it's not the silver bullet to a happy life. It must be learned and practiced in combination with other aspects of physical and mental health to make it useful.

 

Prepare for the session: Prior to #NLVDenver, brainstorm what experiences in your life have been defining, memorable, and emotionally compelling. Have you always cared deeply for the underdog? Been starstruck by vast unknown of space? Found that good asthetics and design bring a sense of calm and order to the environment? What do you care deeply about? Bring a list of ideas that you’ll hone during this session.

outcomes for the session

  • Learn one method to discover your own purpose, or "why"
  • Learn to leverage your purpose to create a loyal audience of followers
  • Discover how to craft a career that is authentic to your inner purpose and serves your tribe
  • Explore the life-changing freedom that comes with living according to your “why”, and the success that follows

Changing with Intentionality
workshop hosted by Melissa Hughes & Jeff Ikler

Topic Tie-In: Now we know our why, and understand better how to leverage it in our professional and personal lives, how do we share it with others? Through creating and sharing relevant content.

Summary: Most change initiatives, whether personal or organizational, fail - up to 70% according to the Gallup organization. When we understand why they fail, it becomes easier to enlist the internal and external factors that can help move us effectively toward our goals.

When you align with "what" change you want to achieve with the all-important "why" you want to achieve it, the "how" of change - the steps necessary to bring about effective and sustained change - are less likely to be encumbered by obstacles.

Prepare for the session: Prior to #NLVAtlanta2019, make a list of some big changes you have attempted to make in your life, at work, home, or just for yourself. Which changes were you able to sustain? What did you consider and do that helped make your desired shift? Which changes failed to take hold for any sustained period of time? What factors might have been persent or absent that negatively impacted your attempt?

Objectives for the session

  • Understand the three stages of effective change
  • Understand what goes on in the brain when confronted with change
  • Explore the human and organizational factors that a leader must consider to bring about effective change
  • Draft a change model for some aspect of work, life, or self.

navigating the rough: personal brand and difficult work situations
hosted by Marietta Gentles crawford and aaron skogen

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Topic Tie-In: We'll continue the thread of leveraging your why through storytelling and creating and sharing content, with a clear reminder that how you address difficult situations in writing and in person impacts your personal brand.

 

Summary: An interactive session on navigating difficult situations while building your personal brand.   

Prepare for the session: Consider potentially difficult situations you'll face in the near future, and jot down a few phrases to remind you of specific situations you handled well, or that you could have handled better. These will help for discussion during the session.

OUTCOMES FOR THIS SESSION

  • Identify practical ways to cope with complex situations
  • Recognize how perception can influence reactions
  • Manage your personal brand when dealing with difficult people

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want to use multimedia to build your brand? where do i start?

A panel of professionals with experience using a variety of media will provide strategies and ideas through this Q & A session hosted by Neil Hughes

Topic Tie-In: Now you know your why, your how, how to build a relevant audience through content creation and sharing, and how dealing with difficult situations can impact your brand. It's time to dig into the business of sharing your story and brand in a relevant, effective way, using podcasts, publishing books, blogging, or publishing video on multiple platforms.

Summary: We'll explore elements of podcasting, using real life experiments and examples for creating great content and building a following. We'll also have experienced participants available for a panel discussion about other forms of sharing content, such as book publishing and using video on multiple platforms.

Prepare for the session: Jot down some questions and ideas you have about building your brand on a variety of media and platforms. Review the participant list so you can see who has experience in the areas you're interested in exploring so you can ask specific questions.

OUTCOMES FOR THIS SESSION

  • Record an experimental podcast
  • Be introduced to tools available to help you make your content sharing effective and engaging
  • Improve confidence in distribution of your content

Friday, February 22, 2019

8:30am - 9:00am - Continental breakfast

Mindfulness and the "moment before": Strategies to focus and keep yourself fully present
WOrkshop hosted by Lila Smith and Oksana Esberard

Topic Tie-In: If you're not in a good place in your head to make decisions and build relationships, you aren't going to be effective in either. Being aware of yourself, your thoughts, and your surroundings, will help you better understand your role in your obstacles and your success.

Summary: A brief session to give us the tools we need to make the most out of NLV using mindfulness strategies and practice.

Prepare for this session: Keep an open mind, know this session might be different from what you're expecting, and be prepared to learn something outside of your comfort zone.


to scale - or not to scale: avoiding pitfalls, choosing your level of discomfort, and knowing which tools will help smooth the way
Workshop hosted by Ben walker and eric elkins

Topic Tie-In: To complement the sessions on finding and implementing your "why", creating valuable content, understanding the impact of your response to difficult situations on your personal brand, and getting your message out there via podcast, we thought we'd include some basics about the technical tools you may want to use to make your business run more smoothly, so you can focus on what you do best. Whether you are building a business or working for one, it always helps to have the tools you need to succeed.

Summary: A blended session to help you as a business owner better understand the potential pitfalls of growing and scaling, strategies, and technical tools available to you to run your business. Participants may create a draft plan for potential growth, and will be introduced to tools being used to streamline business activities.

Prepare for this session: Consider what your business would look like if your goal is to grow and scale the work by hiring employees and contractors. Prepare a list of basic business tasks you would prefer to off-load somehow, in order to focus on your strengths in your business.

OUTCOMES FOR THIS SESSION

  • Know which platforms are more likely to help you build a relevant audience for your purpose
  • Be introduced to a variety of technical tools available to help streamline your business
  • Improved confidence in selecting and using a variety of tools and platforms to help you in basic business activities, and to distribute your content

building a network at NLV
hosted by your nlv facilitators

Topic Tie-In: We tried this structured session at #NLVDenver in 2018 and heard from participants that it was one of their favorite sessions, so we're doing it again, but with a few small tweaks. Though every session involves great conversation among participants, here's a more structured approach to enrich that opportunity.

Summary: This time will be spent getting to know each other, and clarifying your vision for time spent among these incredible individuals. Activities are planned to avoid those awkward "networking opportunities", and to address the needs of introverts and extroverts in this type of environment. We're not networking here - we're building a network.

Prepare for the session: Review the participant list two weeks prior to #NLVDenver so you're somewhat familiar with your tribe.

outcomes for the session

  • Meet a majority of the participants
  • Set intentions for your time spent with participants
  • Collaborate on answers to your most difficult business questions
  • Better understand what you can do to help others solve problems, and build your tribe to help you succeed.

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How Does All This Continue? How Do We Apply All We've Learned?
planning session and nlv debriefing with all facilitators

This is the time when your facilitators are available to discuss your next steps and bring the sessions together. You'll hear from each facilitator their ideas and expectations for participants and themselves in the coming months. This planning session is your time to figure out, with the help of our facilitators, what your next steps will be and how to follow up to encourage accountability.

With many conferences, the return to our normal routine means the loss of the motivation and energy created at the time of the event. Your facilitators will help you identify the triggers you need, the follow up you choose, and the challenges you'll face to continue your motivation long after the conference ends. 

OUTCOMES FOR THIS SESSION

  1. Set expectations for yourself to continue the growth you started at the conference.
  2. Identify the challenges you'll face after the conference, and develop strategies to face those challenges.
  3. Develop a plan to continue what you started here and plans to follow up with those participants you connected with.
  4. Provide feedback to conference organizers and facilitators to make the next NLV even better.

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