I have been a Seth Godin fan for a long time, since back in the days when each issue of Fast Company magazine was the size of a phone book, and he was a contributing author. (Was I the only one that would get an intense thrill at receiving a fresh issue in the mail? Those were such revolutionary times, before everything went to hell in the dot.com bust, and the issues seemed to vibrate a magnetic energy. I would read them in the bathtub, and would get arm cramps from trying to hold the dang thing out of the water).
Anyway, I just read on his new blog, promoting his upcoming book The Dip, that he is considering Phoenix as a stop on his “Dip Tour.” In true Godin fashion, he is adding a viral networking twist on his promotion, and inviting people to host a stop in their city, with the stipulation that they must get 500 people who are willing to pay $50 each to see him. With that $50, in addition to a guaranteed seat, you get 5 copies of the book, because in his words:
“Why five books? So you’ll give four away. That’s why I wrote the book. So you would buy copies and give them away.”
We here in Phoenix may not have the biggest percentage of sexy tech startups, or venture capitalists or cool beatnik poets that you have in some of the coastal cities, but dagnabit, we have a community of enthusiastic, hard-working and creative entrepreneurs that love to learn.
So if you want to be in a room with 500 motivated, interested, open and creative people to hear one of the most refreshing minds of the 21st century live and unplugged, sign up on Matt LaPrarie’s site where he has an easy to use pledge form. The deadline is April 30.
Don’t live in Phoenix? Don’t let that stop you!
If you don’t live in Phoenix, don’t let that stop you from coming, since in addition to hearing Seth talk, you could plan a mini-vacation with the following scenarios depending on your budget and tastes:
- Stay at the elegant and luxurious Biltmore Hotel where you can revel in Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and take early morning hikes up Camelback Mountain
- Come to Phoenix to hear Seth, then spend the weekend at the rejuvenating Canyon Ranch in Tuscon where you can eat healthy food, do yoga and choose from more than 20 different kids of body therapies, including Thai massage, Ayurvedic body treatments and, for men only per the tradition they practice, participate in a 100 minute sweat lodge
- Take the family, and after staying at any number of nice hotels in Scottsdale and seeing your teenagers squeal in delight at the multitude of shops and malls nearby, head to the Grand Canyon Railway just outside of Flagstaff where you take a very enjoyable ride to the Grand Canyon (where you can also stay overnight, if you so choose) I did the train trip with my whole extended family and it was a blast.
- Hook up your RV and come stay in one of the many camp sites around this beautiful state
- If you are a sports fan, stay to watch a home game of the Arizona Diamondbacks in their cool stadium with a retractable roof
- Although I have never even picked up a club, my golfing buddies tell me that Arizona has some of the best golf courses in the world. (although I don’t agree with using so much water to feed the grass, I understand that I am in the minority here and realize that most people get a lot of joy from the sport)
- Gain exposure to some of the wonderful Native American art from the region at the Heard Museum, then head over to the Desert Botanical Gardens to walk through Mother Nature’s version of art.
- After hearing Seth, head to my favorite spot in the world, Sedona, where the red rocks and beautiful nature will take your breath away and the crystal vortexes will have your tired chakras singing a new tune
It sure would be fun to make this happen … Francine, I see you signed up – with your network alone, we could fill the room. Let’s make it happen, AZ entrepreneurs, shall we?
Don’t forget: the deadline is April 30.