This past weekend, Brian and I attended Prestige Conference Las Vegas, the second event of it’s kind, with the first being Prestige Conference Minneapolis in October 2014.
I feel like I said this about the first Prestige Conference, but seriously, this event was by far one of my favorites — and not just because so many of our friends were also there…
Among the meetups, WordCamps, business conferences, and networking events, Prestige Conference has quite effectively carved out a solid position in the market. It serves business owners, agency owners, and freelancers alike, do business better — or at least think about their business with a fresh perspective.
With a mix of personal stories, lessons learned, business nitty-gritty, and actionable get it done steps, Prestige is quickly becoming the go to conference for those who are interested in upleveling themselves AND their businesses or careers.
The conference kicked off with networking and panel on Friday night, delivered seven sessions on Saturday, and an after party — and because the event was just under 100 people you really had time to connect with and have valuable conversations with the other attendees.
If you’re an agency owner, business owner, or freelancer, here’s a breakdown of why you should be paying attention to this event:
Beer, wine and snacks during the kickoff event and panel? Doughnuts, fruit, and coffee in the morning? Build your own Chipotle for lunch? Bottled water, sodas, beer, and snacks throughout the day? More beer, wine, and appetizers at the after party?
Um Yeah. Prestige Conference has you and your hunger covered.
They also have you and your travel covered in a soft t-shirt that rocks the crazy sexy event logo and complimentary shuttles from the hotel to the event site, InNEVation Center.
I also have to admit, I did appreciate the fact that the event:
- Stayed on schedule
- Was very well organized
- Offered a livestream for those who couldn’t attend in person
- Provides video recording of all sessions for 6 months included with your ticket
- And, boasted valuable content from great speakers
Plus the after party was awesome. Loud music didn’t start until late, so we were able to really have great conversations without shouting at each other.
I had the great fortune of speaking at the first Prestige Conference in Minneapolis last October — and I’d love to again, if I ever get the chance. It too was a great event with great speakers, and they really take care of their speakers!
But with that said, I really, really enjoyed the sessions at this event.
- I laughed and was thoroughly entertained by the panel with Cory Miller, Ben Fox, and Andrew Norcross that Jake Goldman moderated, and appreciated the insights into the product side of the WordPress marketplace.
- John Eckman delivered a great talk with insights and deeper look into the enterprise world of web services, including where WordPress falls in the mix, what challenges WordPress must overcome, how we need to approach WordPress in the enterprise space, and what it means for the future of WordPress.
- April Downing gave a great talk titled Cash is King; Options for Funding your Business, which I really enjoyed as I know nothing about that realm of business.
- Jake Goldman interviewed both Pippin Williamson and Chris Lema — both of whom answered questions openly and honestly about their individual journeys from just getting started to today.
- Brad Williams shared his story about forming WebDev Studios, hiring their first contractors and employees, and getting started with WordPress.
- Brianna Norcross spoke to us about accounting and finances in a non-scary, non-boring way so we can all keep more of our money.
- And John Hawkins shared the stage with his client Kim Schaefer of Downtown Project (which I thought was awesome), to share their story. It was great to hear their successes and their challenges not just in terms of projects but in terms of their relationship.
How many times have you had to make a decision in your business or career that you were unsure of?
Have you ever wished you could talk to someone else and get their feedback?
Need some advice on next steps or a new idea?
Wouldn’t it be great to sit down and talk shop with others who live in the same day-to-day space that you do — and I’m not talking glossy top-level conversations, but the real, in depth, put it on the table ones?
This is exactly what Prestige delivers.
— Michelle Schulp (@marktimemedia) February 28, 2015
Unlike WordCamps, Prestige serves a very focused niche, and as a result, the attendees are all very similar. They are designers, developers, consultants, agency owners and partners who are actively improving their skills or are leaders in the community.
With ample time to chat with attendees on Friday night, between sessions Saturday, and at the after party, there was time to connect with anyone you wanted to — and it was a blast!
The Other Stuff
We arrived in Vegas Thursday and kicked off the trip at a fabulous dinner hosted by GoDaddy with a incredible group of WordPress folks. I recently started writing for the GoDaddy Garage, so it was great to connect with Mendel Kurland and Christopher Carfi again — and the food was amazing. As a sponsor, they also gave out the coolest remote control drones!
At the GoDaddy dinner I was able to connect with the crew from Pippin’s Plugins, whom we have crossed paths with many times but hadn’t really connected, as well as the Norcross’ — who turned me onto my new favorite dessert Krispie Kreme doughnuts in the waffle iron, and yes, it’s as good as it sounds. I also got to connect with many friends and made a few new ones, including Chris Klosowski the creator of one of my favorite plugins Post Promoter Pro — and I even got to suggest a few things!
One of my favorite things about Brian and I traveling to events together is that we also always make some time to get out and see some sights. So after dinner, we hit The Fremont Street Experience for some pretty incredible people watching and to see all the neon lights.
Friday began with the most amazing breakfast at Hash House A Go Go with Josh Broton, his wife and Brittany. My breakfast was the biggest I have ever seen and it even came topped with sage fried chicken, chipotle cream sauce, and a cheese blanket — yes, a cheese blanket.
We then met up with our friends Chris Lema, Jason Rosenbaum, Cory Miller, James Dalman, Michelle Schulp, and Matt Danner for a delicious lunch at Carson Kitchen, which I highly recommend — but it’s small, so make reservations if you can.
We also got to connect again with the awesome team from our hosting company WP Engine, who was also a sponsor.
You Should Be There Too
I can’t say enough good things about Prestige Conference. Kiko Doran, Josh Broton, and their team put on a wonderful event that delivers on the hype — so I guess that means it’s not really hype … it’s reality.
Details for the next Prestige Conference, happening in Minneapolis in August, are already on the website and at only $149 for the early bird full ticket AND six months access to the video recordings, it’s a no brainer.
With that in mind … take the next best step for your busines and get your ticket for the next Prestige Conference today.