Back at the end of 2007, Dane Sanders sent out an email inviting people to join a group he was creating – Fast Track Photographer. I knew of Dane thanks to his incredibly amazing Simple Photo Minute videos, and later the CutFrameTV videos (now you can watch & learn at AskDane.com), and something about him told me I needed to sign up. This was before anything had been formed. No book yet. No pDNA. No group. Nothing. But I still wanted to join because I could tell that Dane was an amazing person, and anything I could learn from him would be awesome. Plus I’m drawn to people that are willing to share their knowledge with others. As soon as the registrations opened, I signed up as a Founder of Fast Track Photographer. It is a decision I’ve never once regretted.
One of the perks of being a Founder was the chance to attend a workshop run by Dane. He did an initial workshop in March, 2008 the day before WPPI began. (That lovely iPhone photo to the right was taken bright and early before the workshop began.) Thanks to that workshop – taking my pDNA test, Dane’s guidance, everyone in attendance, and especially John Schafer and Rustin Michael, my small group team – I learned some HUGE lessons that completely changed how I do business and how I think about a lot of things in general. Most importantly, I learned a lot about ME. The me behind my business, my strengths, my weaknesses, and how to make the most of it all.
It sounds so cheesy, but it has been truly life changing. We barely talked about how to take photographs — instead, we talked about how to be the best people possible, and how to make the most of *all* of our talents.
Over the past year, the Fast Track Photographer book has come out (it is *amazing* and is among the top 25 of all Marketing books on Amazon!), the Founders forums have grown, Dane presented at WPPI to such a full house they asked him to present a second time because they had to turn hundreds of people away, and the workshop itself has been revamped and expanded to two days.
After a workshop in March in Southern California, Dane mentioned wanting to take it on the road. I was *SO* excited, I all but begged him to bring it to Houston — offering to host it at my studio. (Ok, who am I kidding? I did beg. I begged a lot.) It worked – he is coming to Houston in May!!! Many people told me after WPPI that his was one of the *best* panels they attended, the one they got the most from. That was after less than 2 hours – imagine what you would learn in two days?!?
Now is your chance to attend the Fast Track Photographer Workshop! May 19 & 20, 2009 – at my studio, in the Heights area of Houston, Texas! Whoo hoo! If you decide to register, use the discount code “christine_workshop_new” to get $75 off of the price! (There is a free morning after session on May 21 open to EVERYONE who wants to attend, and I will have an open studio mingle and chat afterwards for anyone that wants to spend more time pondering their new plans after the awesome, amaaaaaazing workshop!)
I put more about the workshop below (after the “More” link). It is going to be AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to see everyone! Let me know if you’re going to be joining us!
For those planning to attend: I will have “after hours” time at the studio late into the night for anyone that wants to hang out. I have always found that being in one place together before & after a workshop greatly enhances what you learn at the workshop, as we can learn so much from each other as well as from Dane.
If anyone would like to stay in Houston through Friday, May 22 and go on a photo hunt around the city, let me know!
Studio address: 1024 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008
Conveniently located in the Heights, just off of I-45. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is to the north approximately 30 minutes, William P. Hobby Airport (mainly Southwest flights) is to the south approximately 30 minutes.
For people flying into Intercontinental, I am happy to help you get to and from the airport if my schedule allows and you want a ride instead of renting a car or taking a cab. Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, but we don’t have a city-wide rail system and our bus system isn’t always conveniently located. There are many bus stops near the studio in the Heights though, and the schedules are usually pretty accurate.
I will post nearby hotel information as soon as I have it available.
From the workshop website:
Join in for two days of training that will have more impact on your bottom line and professional satisfaction than any other investment you will make this year – facilitated by Dane Sanders!
> Let Dane help you get clear on your critical competitive advantage.
> Let Dane unlock the mystery of real change in your life and business.
> Let Dane crystalize what you need to do to get your photo house in order.
> Let Dane help you build modular micro-systems to streamline your workflow.
> Let Dane give you personal coaching on how to get the most from your subjects.
> Let Dane catalyze your growth as a photographer.
> Let Dane empower you with a proven game plan for success.
Give yourself the gift of jump starting your career that will save you years of trial and error.
The Workshop is designed around three keys elements that will propel you as a professional photographer.
– First, you’ll get everything you need to personally own the Fast Track Philosophy.
– Second, you’ll discover the perfect Strategy & Tactics for you to truly lead.
– Third, you will be given the Tools and Best Practices necessary to win.
By investing in yourself in this way, you will establish an unstoppable trajectory and, more tangibly, the appropriate disciplines necessary to have the greatest impact on your bottom line.
This essential workshop is dedicated to one thing: empowering YOU to Fast Track your creativity as a photographer so that your business dreams become a reality.
If you are just making the transition into the profession or need to take your existing photo career to the next level, the Fast Track Workshop will prove to be one of the best investments you can make for your photography career! Fast Track is designed to comprehensively take you from start to stardom!
– The Big Picture in a Tough Economy
– The Law of Change
– Levels of Leadership
– Best Relational Practices
– Comprehensive Branding
– Prolific Productivity
– Ultimate Fast Track Modular Micro-Systems to Streamline Your Workflow Around You
– Resources that Ripple Beyond the Workshop
– Fast Track Shoot-Out (Edited to add: No, this is not the OK Corral. We will be taking photos. Bring gear.)
– Commitment: discovering what it will take for you to find guaranteed success