I have to admit, I was a little bit nervous about hosting the Budapest event, moreso even than when I hosted the very first event in Vegas. Vegas events are simple by design. I rent a really nice space, bring together some great people who are motivated to make their lives even better, and we work. A trip in a foreign city that involves walking, training, and even boating across the city has a lot more moving parts with a lot more things that can go wrong.
Luckily everything went off with out a hitch (ok, maybe we did lose a wheel briefly on a pedal-cart that we rented, but through the power of teamwork we fixed it with no tools).
First, I want to extend a huge public thank you to the seven people who came to Budapest 1. It's a long way to travel for an event with a very vague description and promise, but everyone showed up ready and participated fully. Like the other events I've done, our group spanned a large age range and scope of professions and life-situations, but each person was a genuinely good human being who was authentic, open to the process, and contributed to a group that was greater than the sum of its parts.
We went to my favorite tea place twice, went to four of my favorite restaurants, saw some of my very favorite sights, went to two bath houses, and failed to find the elusive bat-house at the zoo. During tea, meals, and even in the baths I worked one-on-one with people to help them figure out how to excel at the next phases of their lives.
One of the real highlights for me was getting to reconnect with someone who came to the very first Vegas event just over a year prior. His progress was truly astounding and it was extremely satisfying to get to see the results of his hard work. My goal in these events (as well as coaching, books, and blog posts) is to help people create real tangible change, not just to give the illusion of progress and direction. Seeing how he took the advice from Superhuman 1 to heart and really put in the work and thought to make it a reality was the best affirmation I've gotten so far that these events are what I hoped they'd be.
I also learned a lot about how to host an event in a "destination", and will make some big changes the following years. Specifically I wish that I had made our morning tea time a little bit longer to accomodate the sorts of conversations that can happen there, and I wish that I had focused on the one-on-one coaching part earlier the first day. The group gave me a lot of good feedback on some other things to make the event even better, too.
The waiting list for these events has gotten a little bit out of hand, so I'm sure that I will be hosting more events in the near future. I think that a realistic schedule is one flagship event in Vegas, one or two in Budapest, and one Alumni-only event. I think that a lot of the magic of these events comes from the small group sizes, so I'm determined not to scale that aspect of it. I'm not quite sure how and when I'll fit all of this in, but the work seems very worthwhile for me and the attendees, so I'm dedicated to making it happen. If you'd like to be notified about future events, you can email me at event at tynan dot net. I am thinking about doing a Budapest event in June, but based on the response so far it seems like it may be too short notice. Here are a few of the testimonials I've gotten so far:
"An amazing way to experience an amazing city. A great mixture of simple pleasures (tea, baths, sights, food etc.) and deep social interactions."
"It was both a pleasure and privilege to attend Tynan's Budapest event. The format was both well planned and flexible to take advantage of opportunities that arouse. We saw the city through Tynan's eyes and worked together for life improvement along the way. Tynan's planning was perfect. We ate at fantastic restaurants, traveled the local metro system, visited multiple attractions and learned a lot about tea at a superb tea shop. Tynan handed us the necessary tickets as we went along and paid all the bills. He is a very generous guy, both monetarily and with his time, and runs a class operation. I was the oldest attendee and have traveled abroad significantly, yet this was fresh and new and a "10" experience."
"The inspirations and feedback from Tynan (and also from the other attendees) helped me to clarify some personal- and business-related topics and get over my current "plateau". I came back home with a whole lot of motivation and clear actionable ideas to improve my life further."
Again, a huge thank you to the people that came to Budapest and trusted me enough to be guineau pigs for this new format, as well as a continuing thanks to those who came to previous events and helped me mold this into what it has become.
Photo is our group at Dobrumba, one of my favorite restaurants in Budapest
As I mentioned before, Superhuman #1 went extremely well. Everyone left not only with actionable steps to reach their goals, but also with connections to some other really great people. I was a little bit exhausted by the end, but it was really a great experience to get to do deep work with some of my most serious readers, and to get to know them on a personal level.
I collected feedback from most of the attendees. No one rated the event less than 8/10, and 95% of the critical feedback was on logistics and timing, which I admittedly did not do a great job of. Using their feedback plus our mutual experience, I am ready to put on a second event which should be even better!
The biggest change is that this event will be 2.5 days long instead of 1.5 days long. On the first event I was worried that I wouldn't be able to fill so much time with useful content, but now I realize that more time would have been much better. People also universally wished that we had more social time (with all but one person suggesting 70% work and 30% social vis the 90/10 split we had this time). So this time around we will have much more social time.
The goals of this event will be for each attendee to have actionable next steps on their most important goals, to be paired with a like-minded peer to hold them accountable, and to get to know me and their fellow attendees.
Last post I talked about Startup Weekend: Iowa City in general, and why I enjoyed it so much. But one thing I skipped out on was Sunday, the Day the Internet Showed Up.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Internet 2012 Bus Tour bus[/caption]
[Editors note - I'm joining the Bus Tour because in January, I co-produced an anti-SOPA video called The Day The Lolcats Died. 700,000 views in a week, this was called The Protest Song of the Anti-SOPA Movement.
After this, I wanted to stay involved in fighting for issues I cared about, and started to develop Startup Weekend's Government vertical. In addition to having Gov't themed Startup Weekend events, we're trying to invite elected officials out to Startup Weekend's to help show them that startups and tech entrepreneurship is happening in their constituencies, and that it's something they need to care about.
Alexis announced the Bus Tour, and the Iowa City event happened to fit perfectly in their schedule. Once the Startup Weekend event was finished, I'm hopping on board the bus to travel with them the rest of the way!]