Archive for January, 2007

Breckenridge Vacation with Rick Raddatz

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Travel, Updates on January 30th, 2007 | No Comments

Hello from 11,000 feet above sea level at Rick Raddatz’s amazing cabin in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado!

In front of Rick’s Breckenridge home

Nice view of the Breckenridge scenery

As promised, this is my update from Rick’s place up in the mountains.

It has been a great mini-vacation so far. There are plenty of activities to do for fun here, including pool, ping-pong, foosball, video games, snowboarding, snowmobiling and taking a stroll downtown and checking out the shops.

But amidst all the fun, we’ve also had the chance to do some more masterminding up here, and just as we had expected, some of the better ideas actually came about in this much more fun and social setting.

In fact, with the help of Rick and all the other great marketers here, I’ve not only rebranded myself, but also come up with a ton of new business ideas in and outside of the Internet Marketing niche!

This has definitely been a valuable experience for me, and for the other few who were lucky enough to be a part of these several days, as well.

Rick has shared so much information with us, and let me tell you, he has some really exciting things lined up for the next few months…

Because we have promised confidentiality for this weekend, I can’t tell you what these things are, even though I really want to!

However, Rick has agreed that as soon as he is ready to share the excitement publicly, that I would be able to tell you right away.

So if you want to be the first to find out what the buzz is all about, be sure to sign up for future updates (which you can do by entering your name and email address at the top of this page right under my photo) and stay tuned!

In the meantime, please enjoy some more Breckenridge vacation photos below…

The man himself!

Jeff Wark leading a mastermind session

Michael Angier leading a brainstorming session

Time for pizza!

Just shooting some good o’ fashion pool

The Dynamic Duo playing some dynamic ping-pong

Harris Fellman and wife Andrea playing foosball

Taking a break from all the fun to close some multi-million dollar deals :)

Rick Raddatz Mastermind Weekend

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Seminars, Travel, Updates on January 27th, 2007 | No Comments

Hello from Room 339 at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in snowy Denver, Colorado!

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I’m in Denver for the weekend with several friends and fellow marketers to attend some private Mastermind sessions with Rick Raddatz.

As you can see, it’s been snowing up a storm over here, but that didn’t stop us from being productive and having fun at the same time, including a great time at Dave and Buster’s last night.

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And as far as the sessions are concerned, it’s been an eventful couple of days, with presentations and people sharing information about their businesses.

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I walked away from the experience with a ton of new ideas for my own business, as well as a much more clear direction to go to take it to the next level.

Now that the presentations are over, we will be heading up to Rick’s home up in Breckenridge, where we will enjoy the activities up in the mountains as well as brainstorm some additional business ideas.

Should be a good time – I’ll give another update up on the slopes!

Meet Me in Los Angeles for Wonder Women!

Posted by Simon Leung in Educational, Promotion, Resources, Seminars, Travel, Updates on January 24th, 2007 | No Comments

I just came back from lunch with my girlfriend and her female colleague.

We had a very interesting conversation about the topic of shopping, and how they are leaving work early tonight (again) to go to the mall.

To be completely honest, I don’t usually listen to what they have to say…

…but this particular chat really intrigued me because as a marketer, I’m always trying to find new ways to market products.

What kind of marketing is so effective that it draws women (particularly the two who apparently are more hungry about the items at the mall than the delicious food in front of them) back again and again?

Well, we didn’t exactly figure out the answer, but something we did note was that everywhere you turn online, it’s all about “masculine” words and colors…

Headlines on websites use terms like “Annihilate,” “Dominate,” “Crush,” and other similar words.

So after I got home, I started doing some research and you’re not going to believe what I found…

Up to 85% of the people who are spending money online are WOMEN!

Bingo!

But this lead me to another problem (and I know I’m not alone on this one, GUYS…)

I’ve been surrounded by women figures my whole life and tend to feel that I do ‘understand’ them (if there is such a thing), at least more than most guys…

However, I STILL don’t know what they want (which I guess is the eternal question)…

I was talking about this frustration to two of my good friends, Sam Heyer and Donna Fox, and Donna immediately answered back…

“Well, do you wanna know my frustration?”

A little caught off guard, we said, “Yes”…

Donna expressed that she was upset that all the seminars you go to are all male speakers and how the real money is selling to women…

That didn’t really answer my question, but what she proposed to us afterwards did…

Donna is hosting a seminar of expert women speakers, marketers, success coaches, entrepreneurs and all around brilliant women to teach both men and women HOW to sell to more of a women audience and ultimately increase your bottom line.

http://www.simonleung.com/wonder

The event is being held in Los Angeles, CA, on the weekend of February 9th.

And because Sam and I are such good friends with Donna, she has agreed to give away some tickets for our friends only for practically nothing!

They have an awesome exclusive offer going on (at an INSANE discount), and it covers 9 full meals plus some great bonuses.

http://www.simonleung.com/wonder

So if you’re interested in taking your business to a whole new level and expanding your market reach, then this is the event to be at…

Sam and I will be there, and we hope to be able to meet and network with you as well.

With the speaker lineup they have, we’re going to be in the front row with a notepad and pen taking tons of notes…

And if you’d like to meet and chat for a bit, definitely let us know if there’s anything we can help you out with on your business and just have a good time!

Let’s make 2007 the year you crank things up!

http://www.simonleung.com/wonder

Do let us know if you’d like to meet up – Sam and I would very much like to meet and talk to you in person!

And if you book fast, you can still get the room rate of $129 a night… but I don’t know how many are left so you’re going to want to act fast!

http://www.simonleung.com/wonder

i5 Gold Cruise 2007

Posted by Simon Leung in Gurus, Travel, Updates on January 9th, 2007 | No Comments

Hello from Cabin 6228 aboard the Carnival Spirit somewhere in the Pacific Ocean!

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Front View of the Carnival Spirit

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Rear View of the Carnival Spirit

What a fun working vacation at sea it has been with other great marketers, including Mike Filsaime, Paulie Sabol, Tom Beal, Donna Fox, Deb and JP Micek, Armando Montelongo Jr., Veronica Montelongo, Sam Heyer, Joel Therien, IIona Therien, Keith Wellman, Danny Guspie, Heidi Nabert, Scott Paton, Alex Nghiem, and Barbara Drazga.

Not only have the cruise activities been a blast, but the land activities have also been phenomenal.

There are just countless things to do on the ship…

I’ve gotten the chance to experience a lot of them, but there’s just no way to accomplish all of them within just an 8 day cruise.

Some of these activities include dancing, singing, drinking, lounging, gambling, sun bathing, swimming, hot tubbing, golfing, exercising, massaging, watching live shows, not to mention all the food you can possibly eat!

As you can tell, I’m having a great time so far.

And that’s not all…

During the course of the cruise, we also made stops at Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo.

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In Acapulco, we played it by ear and took a local tour around town and stopped by the beach, flea market and some sight seeing intermissions along the way.

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Overlooking the City and Port of Acapulco

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Night Out on the Town at Senor Frogs Acapulco

In Zihuatenejo/Ixtapa, we once again went with the flow and ran into a local who was willing to take us around town for whatever we were willing to tip him.

We agreed to his offer and enjoyed the day hanging out and jet skiing on the beach, flea market and sight seeing again.

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Enjoying the Food, Sun and Jet Skis on the Beach

In Manzanillo, we took the bus downtown and ultimately decided to take cabs to the beach to spend the day.

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Downtown Manzanillo Near the Port

Although we had a great time at the beach, we ran into a minor mishap when we missed our drivers, who were supposed to take us back to our ship.

Finding other cabs and other drivers were tough, but finally, in desperation, we convinced a nice couple to fit 18 of us in the back of his pick-up truck for a ride back to the main road.

It was quite an adventure, especially since we almost did not make it onto the truck.

In fact, I only had one of my legs in the truck the entire time, and the main road was ways away.

When we finally got back onto the main road, we had yet another challenge of finding enough taxis to take us back to the ship.

The port was a good 25 to 30 minutes away, and time was quickly slipping away.

We were lucky enough to accomplish the task of hailing multiple cabs to take us where we needed to go.

However, because our cab drivers did not want to go through customs, they dropped us off just short of there.

We ended up having to walk back to the ship, and barely made it back in time just as they were closing up the gates to the port!

From seeing celebrity homes and jetskiing around the huge Carnival ship to almost getting stranded in Mexico, it has definitely been an action packed vacation.

These past several days have given all of the marketers on the cruise a chance to get to know each other and building strong personal and business relationships.

Lots of new and stronger friendships were formed here, which will lead to many of us helping each other and even working with one another in the months to come.

It has definitely been a valuable and productive experience for me.

Thanks again to Paulie Sabol, Mike Filsaime, Donna Fox and Tom Beal for organizing such a fabulous vacation!

Here are some more memories from the awesome i5 Gold Cruise 2007…

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Mastermind Session in “Club Cool”

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Hotseat with Armando Montelongo Jr.

Hotseat with Deb and JP Micek

Formal Dinner Night

Casual Dinner Night

At the Club

At the Bar Lounge

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The Carnival Dancers

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Our Spectacular Waitress, Noemi Katai

Happy New Year 2007 from San Diego

Posted by Simon Leung in Occasions, Seminars, Travel, Updates on January 1st, 2007 | No Comments

Hello and Happy New Year from Room 922 of the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island in San Diego, CA!

My roommate for the evening, Sam Heyer, has just called it a night. I, on the other hand, cannot sleep a wink because of my jetlag.

After returning home from Asia just yesterday, I’m back in queue for another vacation, this time with my Internet Marketing buddies for an 8 day cruise on the Carnival Spirit from San Diego to Acapulco, Ixtapa and Manzanillo.

What a great way to end a year and begin a new one – with back-to-back vacations!

Although still pretty exhausted from my Asia trip, I’m nonetheless very excited about this vacation because it’ll be a good opportunity to network with other Internet Marketers outside of the traditional seminar environment.

It’ll give all of us a chance to spend more time getting to know each other because for 8 days, we’ll all be stuck on a ship together!

Also, I’ve never been to Mexico before, so I am definitely stoked about the various excursions as well.

I am sure that it will be a lot of fun and since I will most likely go without Internet for the next several days, I look forward to sharing my i5 cruise stories with you when I return home on January 10th.

In the meantime, finalize those New Year resolutions and put them into action. To see mine, check out my previous post from Singapore.

Make this year YOUR year…Happy 2007!