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This week, I’m attending FinCon. This is a conference catered to personal finance bloggers, podcasters, speakers, coaches, advisors or really anyone who has something to say about money.
Given that I like to yammer on about money and my wife can only take so much of it (bless her heart), I figured I would make the trip out to Dallas, get my learn on and meet some of my “kind”. It’s four days of money and media in the Lone Star State for me!
I’ve only been here for 8 hours, but I’m already learning. A few hours ago, I attended a workshop with Lauren Bowling from Financial Best Life where she spoke about developing an annual content calendar. She didn’t just speak about it, we got down to business. In less than one hour, I developed over 30 blog post ideas, 5 podcast guest topics and essentially planned out my content delivery strategy for 2018. Worth it!
I have 3 days left and I’m going to make the most of it. When it’s all said and done, I want come away excited and motivated to head into year two of my podcast and blog. Here are my areas of focus this week:
1. Make Connections
Over the past year, I’ve been able to interview some amazing guests. Millionaire entrepreneurs like Scott Alan Turner and Grant Sabatier and personal finance experts like Philip Taylor and Robert Farrington are a handful of previous guests on the podcast. They will all be attendance at FinCon and I’m looking forward to shaking their hands. The wisdom and advice they shared with me during our interviews has helped me grow personally and financially over the last year.
I’m going to do my best to seek out everyone that I interviewed over the past year that is in attendance and say “thank you” … Thank you for your time, your inspiration and for giving a newbie a chance.
And of course, I’m looking to connect with as many new folks as possible at the conference. That’s why I had these PREMIUM business cards developed!
2. Capture Interviews
Tomorrow, I have several interviews set up. I’m meeting with a few FinTech companies to learn more about their innovative products as well as a new author who just released her first book earlier this year.
To capture these interviews on-the-go, I bought an iRig microphone that goes directly into my iPhone. It appears to be a simple plug and play, but the proof will be in the pudding tomorrow!
Out of my 53 podcast episodes, I’ve only done 2 of them live. Given that I have at least four live interviews tomorrow, I’m up for a real challenge. It’s all about growth, right?!
3. Move From Hobby to Business
On Sundays, I volunteer my time to coach Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at my local church.
Every Monday, I release a new MKM Podcast episode.
Each Thursday, I post a new blog article.
It’s safe to say that I slightly enjoy the topic of family finance. I’m genuinely interested in helping others succeed with their money so they can improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones. At the same time, I’m looking to strengthen my family tree. Part of that strengthening process is developing a new source of income.
I’m planning on attending a series of sessions from bloggers and podcasters that have taken themselves out of “hobby-mode” and into “business-mode”. I know these sessions will motivate me grow as well. For example, there is one session I’ll be attending about a blogger who grew her business from $18/month to $100,000/month in less than 3 years. Now, that’s definitely going to get my attention!
I don’t know what the specific action steps are just yet, but I’m hopeful that over the next three days I’ll come away with the roadmap to success. My drive and will power will move me forward. I just need the guidance to get there … and I believe FinCon is the right place to get that guidance.
It’s All About Accountability
Don’t worry. I’ll report back on my progress. That’s a major reason that I started this blog to begin with … Personal accountability. Once you put it out there into the bloggy blog world, there’s no going back!
I challenged myself to cut our grocery spending by 33%. Check!
Running my first marathon became another goal. Complete (sore as hell but complete)!
— Andy Hill (@AndyHillMKM) October 16, 2017
I said we are going to completely pay off our mortgage. It’ll be gone in December 2017.
If you’re looking to similarly hold yourself accountable, I’d highly recommend starting a blog too.
Here’s to a week of connecting, growing and learning!