The Omni opens! + conference day passes

Hey, y’all! Less than three weeks from today, we’ll all be living it up and getting our digital on in Nashville. Where did summer go?

Omni Nashville

The biggest excitement of the week is that the Omni Nashville officially opened its doors on Monday, a whopping 27 months and 14 days after breaking ground. We were on site for the opening party—which featured addresses by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam—and got to test out all the fun features the hotel offers, such as the Biscuit Bar in Kitchen Notes restaurant (yes, indeed, that is a real thing) and the live music venue Barlines with the most delicious—and sinful—bourbon concoctions (we highly recommend sneaking away for a libation or two).

Omni Nashville

A few housekeeping things to address, and then next week we’ll give you the skinny on all the fun we have in store for our singer-songwriter night, which we’re just pleased as punch about.

  1. Many of you locals have asked about day passes because you weren’t available for all three days. Well, we listened and rolled out an option for Friday or Saturday that will admit you to all panels and presentations (but not to the nighttime events; you need the all-access pass for that).
  2. Our official Omni group rate expired earlier this week, but the hotel has been super considerate and extended the offer a little bit longer as long as there are rooms available. The hotel is already at 75% capacity for the nights of KEEN, so we don’t expect there to be many left for long. If you’ve procrastinated on booking, don’t wait much longer! Register here to receive our special $179 preferred rate.
  3. If you’re staying at the hotel, don’t forget to sign up for the free Omni Select Guest program, which entitles you to complimentary Wi-Fi, beverage service, daily newspapers, and more.
  4. There are still a few spaces left in our retail expo, which will take place in the lobby of the Omni’s second floor and will be open to the public. If you’re interested, email us at info@keendigitalsummit.com by Monday, as we’ll be locking down final numbers next week.

That about wraps it up for now.

Your KEEN mates

Images courtesy of Omni Hotels.

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FEATURED SPEAKER: JAIREK ROBBINS

Jairek RobbinsPerformance coach Jairek Robbins will be opening the weekend with a talk about getting the most out of your online relationships. Here, he gives us the lowdown on how digital media influences his own business, including his popular Rapid Results Retreats.

With your business model, how do you utilize digital media?

My current business model is built around digital media: staying consistently digitally connected to our community. We run a weekly YouTube show, publish an online newsletter, and stay actively associated to our community through a variety of social media channels.

Our core business is one-on-one personal performance coaching and keynote speaking, and we also have a couple different digital coaching programs online. Just last year we introduced our Rapid Results Retreat, which allows us to take people on the journey of a lifetime. We call it a “vacation with a purpose”—mixing a personal development course with a 16-day, seven-country voyage through Central and South America.

What’s your next personal goal, and what road map do you plan to follow to get there?

In my opinion, today’s entrepreneurs need to be able to tap into the old school and new school mind-set, tools, and style of starting and running a business.

Old school: Numbers can kill you, in business. If you do not master accounting and bookkeeping and keep a solid amount of o’ cash on hand, you can easily sink a company of any size. A few other “old school” characteristics that are still needed today: the love of hard work, persistence, passion, vision, consistency, the ability to stay focused, guts, and a powerful and positive mind-set.

New school: You must also be willing to let go of the office building with your name on it, tons of employees, and high overhead. In today’s digital world, we have the opportunity to run an international organization from a laptop on a small remote beach. You can lose all the overhead and run lean, giving you and your team the ability to invest the money saved into more ways to reach a broader audience and make even more of a difference. Some “new school” characteristics needed: flexibility, inner peace, and the ability to enjoy the entire journey (not just the results waiting for you at the end).

My next personal goal is making sure my fiancée and I have an amazing year of travel and adventure leading up to our wedding in October 2014. We have decided to spend the year running our business from a laptop and traveling the world together and are in the process of moving from San Diego down to Costa Rica for a few months to kick off the journey.

Everyone has his or her own challenges. What is one of yours and how do you overcome it?

A big challenge I have consistently had to face is differentiating myself from my father, who is a mogul in the personal development industry. Growing up around him and his events is one of the greatest advantages I have had, yet it’s also one of the biggest challenges I face when trying to build a brand of my own.

There was an event produced by Oneness University that was the catalyst to helping me find my own voice and true, authentic self. They asked five simple questions that helped me learn so much about myself and why I was doing what I’m doing and helped create a crystal-clear road map to develop my own personal message and voice:

  1. Who did you want love from the most when you were a child?
  2. Who did you think you needed to be in order to receive their love?
  3. Who could you never be around them?
  4. Who are you today?
  5. What would you need to shift in who you are today…to be 100% authentically yourself?

What are some of the highlights of your new Rapid Results workshop?

Taking time for my students to find their true authentic self, identifying their “ideal day” vision, and creating a personal and professional game plan for the next five, ten, twenty years to turn that vision into reality.

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SOUTHERN LEXICON

“higher than a Georgia pine”

If you’re grooving haphazardly to the goth-rock tunes of Katelyn Epperly at KEEN’s opening party and someone tells you that you look “higher than a Georgia pine,” they’re not implying you’re tall or even that you’ve been partaking in certain illicit activities. Rather, they think—perhaps accurately—that you’ve had too much of that complimentary Absolut Tune we’re handing out at the bar and are feeling real nice. (In other words, you’re drunk. Watch yourself now.) Cheers!

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