10 June 2014
My apologies for taking so long to get back to you. My husband died last week and as you might expect, there has been quite a bit of shuffling and rescheduling as a result. But aside from a late newsletter, SOTA has come out of the turmoil remarkably unscathed.
So let me tell you what’s going on:
First of all, a reminder that registration fees will go up right on schedule, so if you’re still sitting on the fence as of June 26, it will cost you extra to join in the fun.
The only rates not going up as of then are those for the luncheon lectures, the banquet, and the opening reception and keynote with Kelly Surtees. So you might want to do yourself a favor and go sign up now.
And yeah, Mercury is retrograde, but if it’s been something you’ve been THINKING about doing, then this REminder is apt, because once Mercury goes direct you’ll be paying more.
The website, by the way, is designed and maintained by our wonderful webmistress Wendy Guy, and you will find, thanks to her, a newly designed and easier to use PayPal form. Additionally, you will find all the back newsletters here along with a copy of the full schedule. So if you’re thinking you need a website of your own, contact Wendy. If not, I’m sure you’ll thank her for the new reg form anyway.
Note that all fees are in US funds. And if you pay by Canadian cheque or Interac, you’ll have to add 10% to the reg fee to cover the exchange rate. My apologies to those of you on this side of the border. Blame Harper. If you DO want to pay by check/cheque, please make it payable to Full Circle Seminars and send it to me at 35 Brock St., Suite 1405, Hamilton, ON, L8L 4L7 Canada.
Now let’s go back to the banquet and keynote for a minute.
Banquet first: As I mentioned before, the banquet is filling rapidly and there’s a very good chance that it will sell out well before September 25. I will let you know how many tickets are left in early July. Once those are sold, we will only have Full conference packages available. In other words, no banquet. Reception and keynote will be available for an additional fee beyond full registration ($20 or $25 depending on when you register.) So if you want to be at the banquet, register soon.
Usually we have tried to accommodate everyone who showed up at the last minute for the keynote. We will try to do that again this year, but I can’t guarantee we’ll succeed. Of course, some people don’t come to the keynote anyway because they think it’s just a bunch of announcements. Well, think again. Yes, there will be announcements, but I can guarantee they will be kept to a minimum.
The main purpose of the reception is to hear Kelly Surtees, who will be giving us a dynamite keynote on Purpose and Passion.
Kelly is originally from Australia and travels between Australia and Ontario for lecturing and conferences. She has also lectured at UAC and has clients on two continents. She holds an FAA practitioner’s diploma plus qualifications in counseling and life coaching. Her clients love her, her students love her, and I think you’ll find her material very worthwhile.
And to add to your enjoyment, we will have a cash bar, coffee and tea, and an array of cheese, veggies, dips and hot and cold appetizers. Come early or stay after to meet and greet and then join us later at the AFAN hospitality suite hosted by none other than Eric Pride.
Even if you’ve never been to SOTA before you won’t be a stranger by the end of the opening reception. And you’ll have gotten an excellent lecture and some food as well as some good company. So don’t worry about getting your money’s worth. You will!
…Speaking of Eric Pride, you’ll also be able to find him lecturing in our Open Forum program this year. Actually, I had hoped to have the full schedule for you this week, but two things happened: First of all, my husband’s death put the scheduling on hold. And secondly, we could still use at least one and possibly as many as 3 Open Forum lectures.
Maybe YOU could fill one of these slots. Or maybe you know somebody who could fill one of them. That would be fantastic! But do me a favor? Before you send me your topic suggestions and your bio, please email me for a copy of the guidelines. I’ve had to send back I don’t know how many blurbs and bios that were twice and three times as long as they should be — and I simply don’t have time to edit, so anything like this will be sent back.
Secondly, please note that our preference is for new speakers who have not spoken at SOTA before. If you already have a slot in the main roster, we can’t use you. And if you’ve spoken before, you can certainly apply according to the guidelines, but be aware that you will not be our first choice. It’s somebody else’s turn this time.
Deadline for Open Forum application: June 30th.
OK, I’ve been working on this for 3 days now. Time to get it out. Oh, and note that there may not be a newsletter next week. I’m hoping to get off to Niagara Falls to see what’s happening at the Sheraton, as I hear there are renovations going on. Meanwhile, please share the news with your friends.