Thursday, April 23, 2009

Life Entrepreneurs

Get Connect Make It Happen! special post

Last night, I had the great honour of attending at the "How Life Entrepreneurs Have Created Extraordinary Lives" event at the IT 360 conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The other speakers were Paul Tobey and Phil Taylor. Both men are fascinating...

If you don't know Paul Tobey, he conducts really worth while seminars both on public speaking and on internet marketing. Paul was a jazz pianist at the top of his game when he came to the earth-shattering realization that he was playing his way into the poorhouse. If that wasn't bad enough, he became plagued by tinitus (ringing in the ears) and had no choice BUT to reinvent himself.

The result? A business devoted to Training Business Pros. His seminars are loaded with immediately actionable information that help people take charge of their lives and businesses.

I hadn't met Phil Taylor but it was a really pleasure to hear him speak. Not unlike Paul Tobey, Phil Taylor has overcome great adversity in his life and is using what he has learned to help others. Phil owned a successful advertising firm with 50 employees. A series of events caused him to lose his business, his home, and his way. For three months, he lived in a park with his five cats.

Now he runs a not for profit called GoalAchievers which provides peer support for successful entrepreneurs and leaders in a variety of fields.

There were some truly extraordinary people in the audience trying to change the world through good works and socially responsible business ventures. I had a chance to talk to some of them afterwards, including Thomas Kaufmann who does Eco-Park development, David Moses, a video producer very engaged in the stories of Canada's First Peoples, and Tony Matchem, a Registered Nutritional Consultant who is helping people to better health through what they put in their bodies. Thank you to everyone for coming out and all of you who stopped by to say "hi" afterwards.

Special thanks go to Jennifer Beale from Unleash PR who Emceed the event so ably and Max Haroon, the event founder and President of the Society of Internet Professionals. I can't wait for your next event!

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