Something just didn't feel authentic to me about it and the price tags were also thousand of dollars. (And when you're just starting out, it can add up quick!)
Watching from me seat, I noticed there were never any windows in these lavish spaces where these conferences were held, and it was always kind of chilly. I also felt that I gained a lot of information, but not so much the "implementable strategy" I could take home and use in my business.
Many of the people I met at these conferences even told me the reason they go to all these conferences is to find clients! That really stunned me, especially because I was always going there just to learn. Was I missing something? Was this a big conference created for me to open my pocket book not just from the people speaking on stage, but to also for the person sitting next to me? URGH.
I started to trust no one and these typical conferences quickly started leaving a nasty taste in my mouth. And the next conference I went to really wanted to make me gag...
One of my coaches really "liked me" (translation: she knew people liked me and that I could prolly help her out 'butts in seats' -- her language not mine) and was always buttery me up.
I must have had "naïve" tattooed on my back (last time I checked it said "vitality"), because I almost fell for it when she invited me to speak on her stage at her next event. Now, some newbie would probably been over the moon, but at the time the thought of speaking on stage made me want to throw up, but her being the amazing saleswoman she was told me she would personally teach me how to speak on stage so I would be ready for her event.