Being Bruce -: Our Trip to Salt Lake City to the SendOutCards Convention

Monday, September 28, 2009

Our Trip to Salt Lake City to the SendOutCards Convention

This past weekend Marge and I went to Salt Lake City to the SendOutCards convention. The temperature was a lot like our home in Leland, NC but the air was drier. Here's Marge outside the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Obviously, Marge and I were not the only ones at the convention.

This video captures a bit of the feel of the convention prior to the opening session.

We quickly found our friend Maran Banta.

In addition to some energetic and exciting SendOutCards news and presentations, there were three major speakers during the two day event: Stedman Graham; Les Brown; and T. Harv Eker. Their styles are exceedingly different, but their messages overlapped: you can succeed in anything you wish if you focus on finding your personal strength within. We are each of us the source of our own success or failure. The master of ceremonies was Linda Clemons (founder of Sisterpreneurship) who was a powerful speaker and great entertainer herself.

In the photo below are Linda Clemons, Stedman Graham, and SendOutCards founder Kody Bateman.

American Idol finalist Megan Joy, who's also a SendOutCards distributor, appeared at the convention on Saturday morning and sang two original songs.

Here's a still shot of Megan Joy (low light so I boosted it a bit).

One of the cool things about the SendOutCards convention is they always honor the company staff on stage.

One of the cool things about our trip was this goldfish. We stayed at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City. This hotel, one of the Kimpton chain of hotels, was lots of fun. The location was fantastic, in the heart of the restaurant district, right around the corner from the convention center. It's a boutique hotel with charming eclectic decorating, free shoulder massages in the lobby at day's end, and no extra charge for dogs (we didn't bring Pepper - it would be hard to fit her under an airline seat). On request the Hotel Monaco also will deliver a goldfish for your room if you've traveled without a pet. This guy was ours for three days.

We had a great trip. Our flights were on time (thanks Delta), the convention was informative, inspiring, and fun. We even managed to stay fairly rested. We'll be back next year.