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Why do people say there's nothing to do here, then they won't attend the events we work so hard to put on?!

All that work to create perfect events, and no one comes!

Then people complain it was boring, or not convenient, or didn't sound like something they wanted to do.

It's so frustrating! 

Deb Brown

I remember this clearly from my years as a chamber of commerce director!

You have all these events to plan and you want a lot of people to attend them. Your core people are your only help and, boy are they tired! The STP - same ten people - seem to be the only ones doing anything. No one else does anything. Even most of your board is busy with their own jobs, and they don’t help much.
And then no one shows up for the perfect event you’ve worked so hard to plan! GRRR!

Add to that, you’re under pressure to do more than “just events.” It’s still the STP who are you only help, and they are still tired, maybe even more so. No one else helps, and very few people show up or participate.

Does all of this sound familiar? THIS WAS ME!

Eventually, I figured it out, a fundamental change. 

I quit finishing events!

I started leaving events unfinished. I only planned them halfway or even less!

And it worked better!

Don’t fully plan the event.

Half plan it and make it better than if you planned it all out.

In this video, I'm sharing how the Same Ten People and I multiplied ourselves by leaving room for everyone to create the events along with us.

I'll tell you about the time Mike walked into my office and said, "We need more live music in this town." He thought the Chamber should plan it! I'll share my answer that turned him into his own music organizer, and how he and friends put on a summer's worth of music in the park, with only a little help from us. 

But don't we still need to be in charge? Don't we need to be the ones to "drive the bus"? 

I'll share with you how we put on an event for thousands of people, even though we were still just the Same Ten People. This was a pretty scary thing for me to do - hand over some of the organizing to many people. For a control freak like me, I wasn’t sure anyone else could make this a success! I'm going to share what I learned that helped me. 

  • I'll share the secret of creating the right context and just how much of a guideline you have to give people so they can succeed.
  • I'm also sharing how to get people over the hurdle of still expecting you to do it all for them! 

If you're tired of doing it all for smaller and smaller returns, you're going to want to join us for this video. 

Who is this video for? 

People who are tired of having to do all the planning

People who keep holding events but no one is coming

Chamber directors, non profit folks who plan events like Extension people, fair people, and more

People who know their events aren’t working but they aren’t sure why

YOU keep planning and trying something else, but it’s still all up to YOU

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  • I have so many ideas, but didn't really have the motivating vehicle to get the stakeholders together to present them. Your video is the perfect vehicle to generate the enthusiasm and wherewithal to needed to start the ball rolling. While viewing the video, my enthusiasm to see things happen in Cleveland was regenerated, and it hasn't waned. I can't wait to start that journey. Keeping in mind, there are so many areas to address, I joined and am now a member of the Insiders so I can view all of the videos.
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  • I ran the "Top Ten Trends for Small Towns" video from my Megaphone subscription about three months ago. Two ladies who were there jumped on the Painted Rocks idea and set up a FB page for our town of 900. They invited everyone to target "What Canada Means to You" images to start the ball rolling and aimed for everyone to hide their rocks a day or two before Canada Day, July 1st. It went over great. Today 337 members and going strong. Now moving on with more videos. Great reception for "Gather Your Crowd," with more ideas bubbling up.
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  • Your videos are just so precious. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.
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