Idea Party


How Does the Online Idea Party Work?

You have a dream or a wish, and an obstacle to getting there. (If you don’t think you know your wish, work through my kick-starter and read this post. To learn why you must put logic aside to find your dream, read the following.)

The online Idea Party is here to help you – and the other fellow party goers – with your wishes and obstacles.

Voices from Success Teams and Idea Parties:

Having a team to report to and hearing what everybody did each week is very exciting. It’s kept me moving all year. In the past I made some good starts on my own, but found, every time, when the energy ran out, I ran out. Now it doesn’t run out.
Jade G.
Children’s Playroom Therapist, New York Hospital

I would do a painting a year, a sketch a year. If it was only me I know I would never do it. Having to tell you makes all the difference. It’s crazy why I didn’t do this years ago, it’s so easy all of a sudden.
Caroline R. Personnel Executive, Macy’s Dept Store

Post Your Wish and Your Obstacle Here!

And help your team mates out when you can. Use the Reply link to help, the form below the comments to add your own Wish and Obstacle.

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2,187 thoughts on “Idea Party

  1. Thanks Patty,
    I apreciate the information greatly. I have a GED as a matter of fact, I often times think that it isn´t of very high value, as far as academic training. I will look into the TEFL online.
    Again thanks for the info. Let me know if I can help in any way.
    God bless,

  2. Hello Barbara Sher and team.
    My name is Jacqueline and I am an American expat living in Madrid Spain. I am an English teacher going from house to house teaching English, but I am only making 6 euros an hour. ( Roughly 7.50 an hour in American dollars. ) Its very little money and it is only here and there as I am not working every day as I want to be. My wish or want is to have a degree in both Spanish and English so that I can teach English here in Madrid in a ligitimate school. I don´t have a degree, hence why I am going from house to house, and all the schooling I have is a GED.
    If you could put me in touch with some people here in Spain that could help me with this dilemma, it would be much appreciated. Also, if anyone needs help from me please let me, I am more than willing to give back as I believe strongly in reciprocation.
    Your´s truly,
    Jacqueline Havens

    • Jacqueline, take every shortcut you can. TEFL certification requires only a GED and TEFL training, which is offered online and takes just weeks. And it’s all that’s required for teaching in many schools and training programs or online. Once you have a job that pays better, it might also pay for getting a bachelor’s degree.

      You might also give some thought to who might be able to pay more for lessons and be able to benefit more, financially, from learning English, so that you can focus your efforts on landing them as clients at a higher hourly rate.

  3. My Wish is to create a healing arts and wellness event in Hawaii featuring Hawaiian healers and wellness professionals for people with chronic illness.

    I visualize taking 10-15 people with me to the Big Island.

    The obstacle is paying for the airfare and hotel. I would be extremely grateful to have at least 3-5 sponsors and I would use the funds to plan the event and provide a small stipend to my attendees to offset some of their expenses.

    Any ideas or thoughts on how to obtain sponsors for this event and what could I do or say to make it attractive for them to donate financially?

    • Necie, sponsors want positive publicity from their sponsorships. And the people they want to feel all warm and happy about what they’ve done are people who buy their products. Chronically ill people buy lots of products and services: pharmaceuticals, supplements, supplies, courses, books, medical care, physical therapy, etc. The companies who make those products and provide those services are your potential sponsors.

      You need to find the ones likely to be a good fit with your speakers. Healers and pharmaceuticals, for example, are not a great match. But healers and supplements or courses could be.

      Covering your own costs would be easy if the group you brought with you had money. You could easily arrange free transportation and hotel stays for yourself as the leader of a travel group that size. And there are plenty of chronically ill people who could afford both their travel costs and their share of the fees you’ll pay your speakers. If you take these people with you and record the event on video, you could easily share it with lots of chronically ill people who have less money.

      Asking sponsors to cover the costs of making the event look professional (printed tote bags, banners, badges with logos, maybe a free lunch) and to capture it on video so it can be shared would be a much easier sell than helping pay for you and your audience to travel to Hawaii. Or you might try asking sponsors to pay to bring your experts from Hawaii to a location where you can bring in even more than a dozen people to benefit.

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