Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rally in Vermont

We had a pretty drive this morning from The Adirondacks in New York, across Lake Champlain into Vermont.

Map picture

Crossing Lake Champlain at Chimney Point:

You can tell when we’re getting close to the rally because it started to rain!

But all was cleared up by the time we pulled into the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds where we’ll be for the next week with the FMCA NorthEast Area Rally (NEAR.)

Now we have a dilemma!

We thought that we were set up to do two of our seminars here – 1) Picasa: Managing Digital Photos and 2) Using Google Earth. They each have at least 1 1/2 hours of material that go along with detailed handouts for the audience to follow along and refer to later.

But that’s not how our two seminars are listed in the program:

“RVing and Computers.”

  • Thursday, August 13: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, August 15: 9:00am – 10:00am

The way I see it, we have 2 choices:

  1. Try to get it straightened out with the rally organizers and get the correct seminar description posted in the daily newsletter. pro: being listed in the daily newsletter can be good additional exposure con: many people never even get the daily newsletter and have already planned their seminar attendance by reading the program.
  2. Throw together an overview seminar to match the description … a little Picasa, a little Blogger, a little about our lifestyle, and tell them to buy our Show-Me videos for more. pro: I’ve been wanting to make a composite seminar to offer – let’s use this opportunity! Instead of concentrating on teaching one topic, it would be more of a ‘here’s what travelers should know how to do’ and ‘here’s some samples-how we use Picasa and Blogger and wireless Internet – and samples of our videos that will teach you!’ Who knows, maybe we’ll sell more of our videos this way?! con: Our reputation is built more on going into depth on our topics. We often get comments about how people enjoy the fact that we’re not selling anything in our seminars. We’re really teaching something. If they like it enough and want to learn more – they’ll buy the videos. Or sign up for the membership online. We see ourselves kind of like musicians in this regard … selling our CDs after the concert. :-)
I can't decide ... I'd like to use one of my lifelines and poll the audience! What do you think?
How should we deal with our dilemma?
Correct the seminar description?
Put together a composite seminar?
Other
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4 comments:

Marilyn said...

Your counter doesn't seem to be working on the poll.

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

The introduction seminar might be just the ticket, since your time is so short. You can't get to deep into any of the topics in an hour anyway.
Rod

Anonymous said...

Just touch base on a few topics and wig it...Let the audience ask questions for 15 min... You guys will do fine!!

Chris said...

Yep, I notice that the vote counter isn't working .. darn! It's allowing comments - but I have that with just the blog.