unGeeked Elite is coming to Chicago in a couple of months. It’s a conference that operates outside the box. It’s not like your traditional business conference. It’s more like a business retreat, where you can kick back and think, away from the usual hustle and bustle. For example, unGeeked has no keynotes, no presentations which means no PowerPoints (almost) and no barriers to back-and-forth communication. Let me explain ….
With only 125 participants allowed, attendees have better opportunities to interact with the “discussion leaders.” Small Business Trends and our sister site, BizSugar.com, are media partners, and I will be leading one of the discussions, on Saturday morning. My discussion topic is “your influence graph” — what influence as a thought leader really means (it’s more than just follower numbers), how to become influential, and how to measure your influence.
The unGeeked Elite retreat is Organized by Cd Vann (@thatwoman_is) whom I’ve known at a distance for a number of years, and I’m excited to finally meet her! And really, that’s what an event like this is all about. It’s an opportunity to meet and really create a closer connection with people you may know through social media, and pick their brains.
Instead of major keynote speakers and formal presentations, this event has 24 international, national and regional influential consultants and authors. This leaves room for an open exchange of what does and does not work in building and promoting your brand. More importantly, the attendees can have in-depth conversations. With a small group and lots of informal back-and-forth discussion, you have the chance to get your questions answered. After all, this is a “retreat.” It’s a laid-back opportunity to think and explore the direction of your business, in depth.
And if you are looking for a way to give back and you want to start your unGeeked experience earlier, then you may want to check out the Celebrity Roast of Chris Brogan the night before the official event starts. That Roast is May 11, 2011. Don’t pass up the opportunity to share a few laughs with Chris.
There will be 24 discussions — here are just a few:
The KLOUT of Your Personal Brand and What it Means Your Employer/Audience
with Discussion Leader Hajj Flemings
Storytelling and Brand Authenticity
with Discussion Leader Lou Hoffman
Leveraging Employees in Social Media
with Discussion Leader Troy Janisch
Creating Influential Customer Experiences
with Discussion Leader Jeff Wilson
Your Influence Graph: How to Grow it to Become a Thought Leader and Influencer
with Discussion Leader Anita Campbell
LOCATION: University Center Conference Chicago, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
WHEN: May 12 – 14, 2011
TWITTER: @ungeeked and #unGeeked
YOUTUBE: YouTube: unGeeked Elite
DISCOUNT: Use the discount code ‘SmBizTrends’ to get 5% off. Plus if you register by April 30, 2011, there is a $200 discount for you early birds.
REGISTER: For all of these discussion opportunities, be sure to register now.