On Saturday, January 10, 2016 Seth Godin held a Q&A session in NYC from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  He had a Slack group set up so people could connect before the event and also to ask questions to Seth (you still had a chance to ask live).  I wrote about some of the key concepts I learned at the event HERE.

What I haven’t spoken about yet is the behind the scenes action that made the event so special to me.

I almost didn’t make it to the event as I was with Emerson (My 2 year old son).  I decided to take him with me from Massachusetts to New York City.  I would leave him at my mother’s place in Brooklyn.  That called for a 4:45 a.m. departure.

Emerson is game for a 4:45am road trip

What Made The Event So Special

Through No More Reasonable Doubt I had a few partial scholarship tickets that I would use to help more professionals of color get to the event.  I was able to get six people to the event.  In that group of six included myself, a colleague from Babson College, someone from my mastermind group, a fellow Haitian professional, my cousin and nephew.

Having a younger generation of my family with me was really special.  Events like this are extremely important to connect with the kind of people who can help take things to another level.

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Cousin Alisha and Nephew Jonathan

My Expectations For The Event?

I was happy to be there and connect with a few cool people.  Right at the beginning that all changed.

As I listened to Seth say, “Who is it for?” as he talked about being specific about who you are creating for / serving it had me think about how generic the group I want to serve was; People of Color.

That is too broad and had me think about how I can narrow it down.  The details of that revelation is a work in progress; stay tuned for more.

Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Better

Community and connection are extremely important to me.  I received a huge surprise when I ran into Nate Nichols and Mykim Dang who I interviewed for my No More Reasonable Doubt podcast.

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Nate, Sarah (photo bomber), Me

Add to that, the only reason I interviewed them is because I put out a call to my community to find out the kind of people they wanted to learn more about.  My nephew, who was with me, was the one who inspired me to find and interview Nate and Mykim.

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Turning “Hashtags To Handshakes” with Mykim

That’s right, I had an opportunity to introduce my nephew to them and he had a chance to chat with them and share some of his artwork with them.

The person who introduced me to them was also at the event.  Thank you Sarah Peck!

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Mike Ambassador Bruny

I have a deep desire to help spread entrepreneurial thinking as the solutions to many of our problems today. I am a project kind of guy who loves to get things started. When I'm not in search of contract work (projects) that I can do during the nights and weekends I can be found working as a mild mannered Digital Content Manager for Babson Executive Education.