CES stands for Consult, Expand, Sell. These 3 income streams are taught by Jim Cockrum the host of CES in his signature book Silent Sales Machine which is into it's 8th edition and has impacted numerous business owners for the last 10 years. Check out the book that has helped numerous people start real online businesses at SilenSaleMachine.com.
I had been looking forward to attending CES2 from Sep 4-6 in Dallas for months after hearing the tremendous feedback from those who were at CES1 last year. Having interacted extensively with many My Silent Team (MST) members on the MST facebook group and private forum (accessible only to Proven Amazon Course or MST members) for the last 10 months, I was eager to meet the people from the online community in person.
Anyway only 450 tickets were available and I'm grateful that I managed to get a ticket as after much deliberation I finally pulled the trigger almost 24 hours after they went on sale. Tickets were sold out immediately after I purchased mine and I might well have bought the last one!
So was it worth the time and money? Definitely YES! In one word, the conference in Dallas was INCREDIBLE.
For starters, I picked up a lot of actionable points from the sessions. In fact I spent today creating and editing at least 10 Amazon product listings based on what was shared by Skip McGrath and Debra Conrad (more on that later). Kat Simpsons and Danni Ackerman also convinced me to expand my sales channels with their insightful presentation about eBay and Etsy. In fact I connected with Danni on Skype at 1 am this morning and she helped tweak my new Etsy shop and get my first sale - from her! These people are all awesome and genuine.
That last point illustrates the greatest thing about CES - relationships. While the info shared during sessions was great, the best part of CES is the opportunity to connect with and build relationships with like-minded people. This is not just business networking - to reduce it to networking would be a grave disservice to the community. The culture here has been carefully established on integrity and truly serving one another. The financial rewards are merely a result of building on those fundamentals. Fittingly, that was also the main theme of the keynote by Rabbi Daniel Lapin who insisted on giving CES a rare endorsement.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin's endorsement of CES
Another highlight was the opportunity to share about Freedom Soap with the community right after the keynote by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Freedom Soap is the result of combining what I do in church planting and selling physical product online. The result being re-branding soap made by women who have been rescued from trafficking in India and opening up new international sales channels which will allow more women to be rescued and employed. You can join the cause at www.freedomsoap.org. (Update: Please go to www.PremaTouch.com instead. We had to change our brand name to avoid trademark issues)
Finally, back to relationships. From CES2, I am now connected with several key people who share the same heart to help catalyze a new movement of social entrepreneurship - to walk the walk together, document the process and lessons learnt; then inspire others and help them to do the same. Together we can change the world!
PS. If you miss or missed CES, you can get the CES2Dallas recordings. (As stated above, please do not buy the CES2 videos! Get the Proven Amazon Course instead as it now includes the videos and cost less!)
Also have a look at CESclassroom, which is the closest thing to a real 'live' CES. This virtual “classroom” will allow you to learn from, make deeper connections and interact on a regular basis with Jim Cockrum, MST's top tier leaders, successful students and other experts that have been hand selected to deliver their best ideas and advice in a small group. This ongoing classroom is not for everyone, but you want to be part of a smaller-group virtual experience with the most trusted partners, most successful students, and Jim & his closest staff, then check-out CESclassroom.com. (Update: CES Classroom is no longer operating. Everything Amazon related is now under one roof in the Proven Amazon Course).