April 7, 2008
I spent 2 days in San Francisco last week at the Elite Retreat. From the moment I got there it was an elite experience. There’s just something about seeing a driver holding a sign with your name on it in the baggage claim area that makes you feel good. Not only was there a driver there, but there was a limo to take me to the hotel, not just a car, but a limo…just for me.
The retreat was held at the brand new Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. I was very excited the evening before hand because I had been wanting to go to this for about a year now, so the fact that I was there seemed too good to be true.
In case you’ve never heard of the Elite Retreat, it’s a small group of people that are brought together to spend 2 days with some of the industries top names. The size of the group makes it easy to learn and ask questions freely and since there is an NDA in place, there is not much left unasked and nothing left unanswered.
The environment at Elite Retreat is all about learning and networking. The night before the sessions we gathered together for an informal networking event at the hotel which gave us an opportunity to talk with the speakers one on one. The morning of the sessions we gathered once again to network and had more time to talk with the speakers on an informal level.
The speakers this year were Jeremy Schoemaker, Neil Patel, Aaron Wall, Brian Clark, Andy Liu, Matt Mullenweg and Guy Kawasaki. So you can see that we had a range of experts that covered topics from affiliate marketing, funding, seo, social media and everything in between.
If you’ve considered attending Elite Retreat, but were unsure of what to expect, I hope you attend next time it’s offered.
I left there with knowledge, new friends, new opportunities, amazingly cool shwag (ipod nano loaded with some of the greatest marketing books eva) and an experience I’ll never forget.
Thanks to all the people that put this together (Tigh and Dave) and to all the speakers that took their time to give something back to the industry.