Live Event Report: Online Business Training That Knocked My Socks Off

Live Event Report: Online Business Training That Knocked My Socks Off

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Just returned from NAMS9

I got in about 1am Monday morning from NAMS9, an absolutely top-notch conference of online business workshops in Atlanta. The brainchild of David Perdew, it was three solid days of pure gold, not only in the training and information I received, but also in the networking and relationship building I was able to do with smart, successful people who were generous with their time and knowledge. It truly was a community of entrepreneurs who believe the focus of any business is service and many of whom considered their business to be their mission, not just their livelihood. NAMS is an acronym for Niche Affiliate Marketing System, and while there is definitely training about how to sell other people’s products by becoming their affiliate, most of the workshops were about removing common obstacles to success and developing business skills in any type of business or industry.

Experts, experts, experts…

Each of the three days consisted of three workshops as well as a morning and evening keynote speaker. Each of the three workshop time slots offered a choice of four different workshops, ranging in experience level from beginner to advanced. The ones I attended were all excellent:

  • Kevin Riley: “Your First Product.” This gave the step-by-step formula for creating an info-product from idea to sales page.
  • Jeff Herring: “Ca$h In On Your Content: How to Create Prospect & Profit Pulling Content in 20 Minutes or Less.” When we finished this workshop, we had written the outline and partly fleshed out the content for an article in our own area of expertise we could take home and use in our blog or get published in someone else’s ezine or blog.
  • Lou Bortone: “How to Become a Product Machine.” Lou is known as The Video Guy, but he gave clear instructions on how a simple topic or article could be repurposed to become a slideshow, a podcast, a video, or any number of other products to offer for sale.
  • Tina Williams: “Social Marketing: Social Search Engine Optimization.” Tina gave a grad-level course on using social media to drive traffic to your website.
  • Maritza Parra: “Building Yor List.” Maritza covered her famous list-building system and had us actually start writing our compelling opt-in offer that would entice site visitors to share their email.
  • Connie Ragen Green:” Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing Using the NAMS Model.” Connie took the mystery out of the intimidating MyNAMS website and showed us how we can build a business based on selling other people’s quality products and services by being their affiliate.
  • Helen Raptoplous: “Playing to Win: Productivity Beyond Average.” Helen motivated us to step up our game, whatever that is. She compelled us stop playing not to lose and start playing to win.

Here’s a photo from one of the keynote sessions – that’s me in the bright red jacket; NAMS9 photo by Kurt Scholle

Here I am in the workshop with Jeff Herring on creating content: NAMS Workshop group by Kurt Scholle

The cost of the conference includes recordings of ALL the sessions, so I didn’t have to fret about choosing the wrong one. Others included Nicole Dean discussing ways to add income streams to your existing business, Ellen Britt showing how to repurpose your content to use it in various formats and platforms, Daniel Hall revealing ways to get your ebooks and content on iTunes, Regina Smola demonstrating WordPress and Internet security, Karen Thackston teaching copywriting skills, Marnie Pehrson showing how to write a WOW book, and Internet Marketing master Willie Crawford inspiring small steps to great success and tackling common business hurdles. In addition to the hour-and-a-half workshops, they also offered free 15-minute laser-sessions with experts of your choice: the perfect way to ask questions about your particular business or industry. I scheduled at least four of these.

Don’t miss NAMS10

You should absolutely consider getting to NAMS10 next August 9-11:

  • if you’re a small business owner with a storefront trying to enhance your visibility and marketing online.
  • if you’re a local service provider who’s been told they need to get online but doesn’t know how.
  • if you have an idea for an online business but don’t know how to get from idea to implementation.
  • if you want to get an idea about the variety of ways you could add one or more income streams to your website and blog.
  • if you’re fairly comfortable with the Internet and social media, but you want to crank your business success to another level.

The cost is only $197 for a ticket to NAMS10, and that includes not only the workshops and keynote addresses, but also audio recordings of each workshop, even the ones you don’t attend. Hotel and travel are separate, of course, but the conference rate for the fantastic Atlanta Century City Marriott was only about $100 a night. Take a friend and share a room! You won’t find this kind of value anywhere. And here’s the bonus if you sign up through my link: I’ll be there too, so I can introduce you to some of the awesome people I met last weekend, and I’ll have a bonus teleconference call afterwards to help guide you in implementing what you learn.

Your ticket will give you access to all the NAMS10 workshop recordings even if you don’t get to the live event, so you’ve got nothing to lose by signing up now

Don’t wait. Sign up now at, and please write my name in the box asking who referred you.

Email or call me or leave a comment below if you have any questions.

P.S. Since I wrote the post above in mid-February, 2013, David Perdew, NAMS founder, sent the following information:

NAMS10 is on Aug. 9-11 in Atlanta.

We’re capping NAMS10 at 500 people. Right now, as I
type this, we have 189 signups – that’s in 5 days
after NAMS9 kicked off.

We’re also adding a fifth educational track that will

    • NAMS100 – beginners with no sales and no site
    • NAMS200 – beginners with occasional sales and a blog
    • NAMS300 – intermediate folks making money, but working way too hard
    • NAMS400 – advanced, full-time business folks who are trying to build sustainable business and business assets
    • NAMS-Special – Special tools and knowledge



About Elizabeth H. Cottrell

Elizabeth H. Cottrell is a freelance writer, author, social media pro, and digital publisher in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She teaches small business clients how to increase visibility and build strong customer relationships. She helps authors get the book out of their head and published. She blogs for writers and authors at and for small business owners and solopreneurs at She blogs about the power of connection and note writing at

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