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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 professional novelist. Not just that, I want to make my own hours, have like minded people to bounce ideas off of, and spend days making my dreams come alive on paper.
    Obstacles:
    – Type 2 narcolepsy (tired all the time, but no passing out) so after work I’m counting the minutes until my kids are asleep so I can
    – I feel guilty taking time away from my family to write
    – I am a full blown scanner and still don’t know how to channel that to stay consistent

    Help me out. What do you got?

  2. I just realized something I always wanted to do was acting in movies.
    The obstacle: I have no contacts, no talent, I have phobia to public speaking, really low self confidence and the camera hates me.

    • HI Lynda, My suggestion for you would be to start small. Find a group in your area that are making short films and volunteer to come on board as a PA. This will get you on the film set and comfortable working with the film people and the ins and outs of working on a film set. When you are comfortable with this, then move from behind to in front of the camera. I am a Film Producer, Director and Screenwriter in the Atlanta area. I have been working in the film industry for years and have a Production Company. Working on a film set is so much fun and very creative but it is also sometimes a long day. I hope this helps.

      • Great advice, Patricia. Also, if there’s a college nearby, see if they have a film-making department. They always need amateur actors (if you’re willing to carry the cameras too – but it’s fun). Go to the admin department and ask if you can volunteer to act in student films.

  3. When the evening is over, expect to get compliments on this party, because Idea Parties are fun! Ask people to leave their names and numbers if they want to be called for the next Idea Party. And if they want to host an Idea Party themselves, that’s great! Go to their house next time!

  4. 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.

    • Take two minutes each day(one for each kid and one for work) and jot down something said kid did to make you laugh,cry, or pause. Create a routine called “What my kid just did.”
      Contrast you colleagues’ and your kid’s behaviors.

      Create a comedy podcast. Start with 3 minutes. Make of it weekly online series that you stream out of your home. After 3 months pitch to comedy clubs. Pitch to PTA groups.
      Have guests. Create dueling mother comedy shows.
      Have fun!

      • Take two minutes each day(one for each kid and one for work) and jot down something said kid did to make you laugh,cry, or pause. Create a routine called “What my kid just did.”
        Contrast you colleagues’ and your kid’s behaviors.

        Create a comedy podcast. Start with 3 minutes. Make of it weekly online series that you stream out of your home. After 3 months pitch to comedy clubs. Pitch to PTA groups.
        Have guests. Create dueling mother comedy shows.
        Have fun!

      • Go check out Jerry Corley on YouTube. He breaks down the joke writing and humor to a science. You will feel like it is possible to achieve this dream.

  5. 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!

    -Connie

    • 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! 🙂

  6. 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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