Speaking in Las Vegas on June 29

I announced this upcoming speaking engagement in my March newsletter, but I want to mention it here too in case any non-subscribers are interested.

Hay House is the publisher of my upcoming book Personal Development for Smart People, and they’ve invited me to speak at their I Can Do It! Conference at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, June 26-29, 2008. ICDI is a very popular self-help conference with thousands of attendees. I’ve been attending ICDI Vegas since 2004, so I’m delighted to be speaking there for the first time.

Other speakers you’ll see at this conference include Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. David Hawkins, Gary Renard, Marianne Williamson, Lisa Williams, Doreen Virtue, and many more.

The 7 Keys to Genuine Growth

My 90-minute presentation will be on Sunday, June 29 from 11:00am to 12:30pm and is titled Personal Development for Smart People: The 7 Keys to Genuine Growth. This is the first time I’ll be speaking publicly about the ideas in my upcoming book.

The high concept behind my book and my presentation is that I aimed to discover the universal principles behind all successful growth efforts. Why do we have such different rules for improving our health, relationships, spirituality, finances, productivity, etc? Is it possible we could reduce all success to a single set of principles that work equally well across the board? As it turns out, the answer is yes. In this presentation I’ll reveal exactly what those principles are and explain how to apply them to improve your results in any endeavor. I don’t know of anyone else in the personal development field who’s done anything like this. I’m very excited to be sharing the results of this work. This was a project I began in 2005, so it’s been a long time coming. These ideas have permanently changed the way I think about personal growth, and I imagine they’ll have a similar effect on others who are exposed to them.

I am getting paid for my presentation, but I don’t receive any extra commission if you decide to register for the conference. I hope to see you there if you can make it. I know a lot of StevePavlina.com readers are already planning to attend. Erin and I will be attending the whole conference, so please do say hi if you see us there. The conference is less than 3 months away, so if you wish to attend, make your reservations early.

I’m doing a breakout session, which means there will be other sessions running concurrently to mine. Based on what I’ve seen during the past few years of going to ICDI, most breakout sessions seem to get in the range of 100 to 500 attendees. The main keynote sessions draw several thousand attendees.

If you want to get an insider’s look at the conference, you can read the reviews Erin and I wrote of ICDI 2007 and ICDI 2006. Of all the conferences and seminars I’ve attended, ICDI has been my favorite because of their impactful presentations. Most of the presenters are not professional speakers per se; they’re authors who speak because of their interesting content, not because of their rah-rah delivery styles. I’ve never been to a conference where the speakers communicate as authentically as they do at ICDI.

While there is a sales table where the speakers’ books and audio programs are available, I’ve never seen an ICDI presentation that was a high-pressure sales pitch. The presentations have always been content-rich.

Last year Erin and I hosted an informal meetup at ICDI, but I don’t think we’ll have time to do that again this year. After my session I’ll try to hang out as long as I can to meet with people and answer questions, but I doubt I’ll get to spend much time with anyone one-on-one.

Hay House Radio Show Taping

I’ve also been invited to participate in a Hay House Radio show during the conference. I’ll be on a panel with a couple other authors: Andrew Harvey and Michael Neill. There should be some seating available, so you can watch us live if you so desire. This is scheduled to happen on Saturday, June 28, at 12-1pm. I don’t know what we’ll be discussing, but I think it will be fairly informal… perhaps some sort of personal development coffee talk. I’m not sure if audience members will have a chance to ask questions during the show.

Regarding my book, I turned in the manuscript to my editor a couple weeks ago, so I’m waiting to hear back from her on the first round of editing. This is the first time I’ve gone through the editing process with a publisher, so I don’t know how much editing will be required to produce the final version. The tentative release date is October 2008.

Hope to see you at ICDI 2008 if you can make it.