Planning a Telesummit

Two days ago I decided to have a telesummit.  I’m preparing to launch my coaching certification program soon and thought this might be a great lead in to start the launch.

I made this declaration in Adam Urbanski’s Navigator course and Adam immediately said, “name it now, find someone to get an optin page up for you and start promoting this today.”

Okay.  I don’t move quite as fast as Adam does.  I am doing what he suggested except it isn’t happening that quickly.

I chose a title immediately though, The Youth Empowerment Telesummit.  And I have started contacting people to “enroll” them to participate as presenters.  So far I have some very solid commitments from others who work with youth in one capacity or another.  I am blown away by those who have accepted.

Tomorrow I will begin work on the optin page and get that up as quickly as possible.  And I will reach out to extend more invitations to participate.

Writing the copy for the page will be my biggest challenge so I’m going to have to spend some time researching other optin pages for other telesummits so I can see what they are including.  I have to collect bios on the presenters and their photos and a list of things they will consent to give away to listeners.  The freebies they provide will bring listeners to their website to sign up to their mail lists.  It’s a win-win situation.

The calls will be live via  There will be either one or two opportunities to listen to the replays, then the interviews go into the vault for safekeeping until such time as I repurpose them into a CD package.

It isn’t really that difficult to create a telesummit; it is time consuming.  And it’s a great way to practice your “enrollment skills” by having to talk to people about participating.  I find that people are eager to be involved in your projects if they feel your passion.  If you are genuine, it’s contagious.

I’m quite happy with how much has been accomplished in just two days and I’m fairly certain that these presenters and I will remain connected and be doing more things together in the future.

Have you ever had a telesummit?

What was your experience in putting it together?

Do you have any suggestions or advice that you think will be helpful?


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Shelley Belcourt - January 11, 2013

Excellent post! I’m planning my first telesummit this year too!

Have started collating names, and have one confirmed! Also purchased a website with the summit name which is very exciting!!

All the best

    Julia - January 11, 2013

    Thank you for reading and commenting Shelley. Best of luck with your telesummit. As my mentor Adam would say, “don’t just collect names, get those commitments and get going.” I’m also setting a date for a teleseminar after the summit where I will present content from the program I’m going to launch and I’ll use the telesummit to promote that.

    Best of luck putting together your summit. Please let me know how I can support you.

Dot Hurley - January 11, 2013

I haven’t had the pleasure of arranging a telesummit yet – but its on my horizon for this year! Your summit sounds as though it will be great (and it’s not even my area of interest). Best of luck in putting it together
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    Julia - January 11, 2013

    Thank you for comment and continued support Dot. Rich is great with telesummits so you have some great advice at hand. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to the conversations with these awesome folks who work hard to provide teens and young adults with knowledge and programs to help them find options and pathways to a good adulthood.

    Please let me know how I can support you.

Chef William - January 11, 2013

I have never put together a telesummit but your article has given me an idea for one. Plus it has given me an idea on whom I can ask to join in. I do need to listen to a couple first to make sure I line up everything correctly. Maybe I should start by asking those I want on the telesummit to do a guest blog post on my blog so our readers get to know everyone. Thanks, you have given me a new goal.
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    Julia - January 11, 2013

    You’ve made my week Chef William, I love hearing that I provided some inspiration. I’m “exploring” optin pages for telesummits today and I’ll work on mine over the weekend. Good luck with that and if there’s any way I can support you, please let me know.

    What will your topic be? I have a lot of friends in the healing foods category if you are interested in referrals.

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