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

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  1. My dream is to be a stand up comedian.

    My obstacles:

    1. I have a full time job and six kids, when will I have the time?

    2. I don’t have the money to go far away from my home in NC for gigs.

  2. Ok Everyone! I became really inspired after reading Barbara’s Idea Book so here’s my next wish!

    My Wish: To start a business called “Dinner Parties for Dreamers”.

    What is it?: It’s a business where I host a dinner party in a cozy home/location equipped with a kitchen and dining room and I conduct an Idea Party while we share a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by me. I will basically lead a group of 6 women who are like-minded and want to know more about discovering/pursuing their dreams and we help each other after we feast and get to know each other.

    Each of the Ladies, after they pay online on my website, will receive a downloadable/printable workbook to bring with them and fill out to take notes. The sessions will be recorded and they will also receive the recording by email so they can listen to it again.

    Here are my Obstacles?

    1. I prefer not to host people in my home (security reasons)

    2. I prefer not to pay up the nose to rent a place equipped with a kitchen. Currently, I think AirBnB does not allow hourly rentals.

    3. How and Where to find like-minded folks to join a complete stranger (me) to discuss
    their dreams and dine with me? How to develop a recurrent stream of clients?

    4. Don’t know what to charge. Cooking for 6 people will be labor and time intensive, not to mention the amount of energy live Group Coaching will entail. I’m an Introvert/Highly Sensitive Person so I need to use my energy reserves wisely to deliver on what I promise.

    5. If Dinner proves to be too much (I’ve got two little ones), then perhaps I can do afternoon tea? This will fulfill my dream to celebrate tea with other ladies! 🙂

    Thank you so much everyone, in advance!


    • I LOVE this idea! Could you make the dinner a potluck, so you can focus on the dreaming, rather than the cooking? I bet teachers would LOVE this idea….Perhaps put a bulletin out in Elementary schools…..Where are you? I would totally come if you are in my neck of the woods!

      • Hi Karla!

        Thank you so much for your enthusiastic interest! You are right, I think that a potluck might be more feasible.

        Any idea what I should charge if it turned out to be a potluck style get-together, along with the coaching aspect?

        Maybe advertise in the summer when they have more time? I know teachers are completely consumed during the school year! (My Hubby is a Schoolteacher!)That way they are more relaxed and in “vacation mode” to be free and clear to think BIG!

        I’m in San Antonio Texas! Are you close?

        Thank you so much for your input!

        • I grew up in Houston, but am now outside of Pensacola, in Florida. Barbara or Patty might be able to help you with pricing. You could maybe plan for it to be an eight week program and charge from there. Have you seen Barbara’s turnkey business of coaching with her tapes? Not sure if San Antonio is already full of coaches, but thinking maybe not. Or charge maybe a one time fee per group session? Not sure of the $ that people would pay in San Antonio…surely more than they would pay where I live.

          • I’m sorry we’re not close.

            Never been to Pensacola. Only visited Miami!

            Not too familiar with Barbara’s coaching and tapes. I need to check them out.

            Thank you again Karla for all of your suggestions! 🙂

  3. My wish: I want to finish preparing 3 bilingual books covering my 16 years of experience researching the subtleties of climate change impact in Central America.

    Obstacle 1: I have been working 7 low-paid jobs to meet living expenses, and am burned out. I need 2 months to be able to sit in one place, cover living costs, and focus on the writing. Manuscripts are 75% finished. To do this, I need donor support of $4000.

    Obstacle 2: I need help navigating publishing options to determine what will work best for me and review of my proposal

    Obstacle 3: I need to connect to people interested in my work for professional paid seminars, and to be recognized as a thought leader.

    Open to any and all suggestions!

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