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.
The event will be from June 22nd to June 24th in Las Vegas and will cost $1500. Here's what the schedule will look like:
June 22nd 5pm - Join me at the penthouse suite of a hotel on the strip to meet me and your fellow attendees. I will pair each person with someone else to be their partner throughout the experience and their accountability partner afterwards. We will hang out for a couple hours to get to know each other, and I'm happy to answer random questions that aren't related to your primary goals.
June 22nd 8pm - Everyone except for me will go have dinner together. One of the attendees spontaneously organized this last time and everyone loved getting to know each other and build trust before the event. I ask everyone to be very honest and vulnerable during the event, so it helps to know who you are sharing with. The reason I don't join for this dinner is to make sure the focus is on getting to know each other.
June 23rd 10am - Meet back at the suite for relaxed tea together. I'll brew some special teas from my travels and we will chat and get to know each other better.
June 23rd 11:30am - Lunch break. Everyone can go pick up food and either eat out or bring it back to the suite.
June 23rd 1pm - The hard work begins! Going pair by pair, each person will have an hour of one-on-one coaching with me. We will work to get to the root of your goal, come up with the best course of action, and come up with habits and tasks that you will stick to. Your partner will pay special attention so that they can best support you after the event and hold you accountable to your tasks. If you don't have a specific goal, you can also use your hour to discuss whatever you like. Several attendees of the last event told me that hearing other peoples' coaching sessions was their favorite part. We will take a 15 minute break between every person and there will be plenty of snacks and water to keep energy up.
June 23rd 8pm - Chipotle! I will have food from my favorite restaurant delivered and we can eat together and hang out until 9:30pm.
June 24th 10am - We'll meet back for tea and repeat the previous day exactly with the same schedule, spending the focused time on the five people who didn't get their hour in the previous day. At the end we'll close by recapping a little bit over dinner and making sure everyone is clear on their next steps.
Three months later I will do a free 30 minute conference call with every pair of people who remained in contact with each other, gave me feedback on the event, and followed through on their agreed-upon goals.
Here are some quotes from attendees of the first event:
"Tynan’s first superhuman event was a tremendous value—insightful, spontaneous, inspiring and action-oriented. Hanging out with the legendary ninja of simplicity Leo Babauta was an awesome surprise bonus!"
"I've always enjoyed Tynan's blog because his method of communication is very action focused on improvement. Similarly Tynan's event left everyone with very actionable steps to work on the issues they brought to the event. We have a three month follow up call and I look forward to regrouping with everyone!"
"This event was well worth my time and money. I learned helpful ideas and habits with a great small group dedicated to learning, improving, and getting out in the world to do things. The in-person aspect of this event made a big difference for me. I feel energized and challenged to go out and achieve my goals and dreams."
"Tynan has a unique ability to understand a person's issue break it down and figure out an actionable path to the desired result!"
"I was able to be fully vulnerable in a safe environment. Getting honest insights from people across all walks of life was invaluable to me because it exposed blind spots in my thinking. Combine that with actionable advice advice and you get an awesome event."
"The event exceeded my expectations. Tynan gave us guidance specific to our individual needs and had a lot of patience when something wasn’t clear. He built an atmosphere where we could open up without the fear of being ridiculed or judged."
While I would love to do big events, it's most important to me for people to leave with real personalized value. For that reason, I am limiting attendance to just 10 people. Spots are available first-come-first-serve, though I reserve the right to decline attendance for anyone who I don't feel is a good fit.
To reserve your spot, email event at tynan dot net with the subject "Superhuman 2" and give me a very brief bio, including what your biggest challenge currently is.
Photo is a cool park in Hilo, Hawaii
Next week I leave on a cruise where I will write a ton of blog posts instead of a book so that I can queue them and keep a more regular schedule. If you have any ideas for blog posts you'd like to see, now's the time to suggest them!
How you navigate the needs for independence (freedom) and fitting in (finding harmony together) in your relationships would be an interesting blog post
I would love to attend a future event in Budapest which is more social and focused on exploring the city and getting to know you and your readers while also having elements of coaching in it. As for ideas for a blog post, it would be interesting to get an update on your food habits and if you still eat the same food everyday and how you think regarding nutrition, pleasure, status (making and eating food is increasingly connected to status I have noticed) etc.
Tynan - Do you do podcast interviews? And sorry if this is totally not the place to ask, but we'd love to have you on. Thanks!
I really love to cruise, but if I am going to do more of it, then I need to figure a way to pay for it while I am cruising, and I know no one who is better equipped to talk about this subject than you are.
Blog post I'd love to see: I would love to hear about your philosophy of life. And you translate that into day-to-day activities. How do you choose what projects to take-on etc.I would also love to hear about how you reach out and build new friendships with great folks such as Rolf, Leo, Derek etc.
Blog post I'd love to see: I would really appreciate seeing a much more granular explanation of how you spend your time while cruising. Yes, I know you write, but how you arrange that best (type of cabin, location, balcony/no balcony, dinners in main dining room with dress code and your one set of clothing - people on a cruise can get crazy about non-conformists.) And since I am confident you attend zero hairy-chest contests and shopping "talks," I would very much appreciate an hour-by-hour discussion of your preferences while cruising, and how you arrange to be most productive.I really love to cruise, but if I am going to do more of it, then I need to figure a way to pay for it while I am cruising, and I know no one who is better equipped to talk about this subject than you are.
For years I've thought about doing a live event for my readers. It's always been on the backburner as I've thought about formats and group sizes, but my friend Leo Babauta challenged me to set a date and just do one, so I did.
Last weekend ten people came into town for a 1.5 day event. They were pretty brave, because I gave almost no information on what the event would be like, since I didn't really know when I posted it.
As the weeks passed and I thought about the event, I decided to keep it simple. We'd hang out together in a big hotel suite and I'd coach them one on one, pairing them up with someone else to act as an accountability buddy. I had done something similar via video chat for a charity a few years before and got good feedback on it.
Not having ever done an event like this, I didn't really know what to expect. Would people get along? Would we have way too much time or not enough? How many breaks should we take? What kind of person would actually show up?
So it's been a little while since the last update. Whoops. I just wanted to fill everyone in a little on some more details about this summer:
I have a couple of goals for my trip.First, obviously I want to meet traceurs and traceuses from all over the country. I want to share training techniques and stories with people who are more, and less, experienced than I. I've trained with a lot of different people, and I think that I can share quite a bit of knowledge with the people I visit. That being said, I hope to learn just as much from all of the traceurs and traceuses that I meet on my trip.
Second, one of my larger goals. I am going to record this entire trip on video. I am going to edit it all together into a documentary, sort of a "This is how America Trains" kind of thing. I'll be taking a lot of footage, and I'll be releasing smaller "jam coverage" media peices throughout my trip through American Parkour, but look for a longer documentary at the end of August or beginning of September.
The current itinerary of major jams follows. Note, I may be arriving the night before, the morning of, or sometime during the day of these dates, depending on bus schedules:
*Saturday, June 7th - Philly Jam II*Friday, June 13th through Sunday June 15th - PKFR International Pittsburgh Jam*Friday, June 20th through Sunday June 22nd - PKNY (New Jersey and NYC)Monday, June 23rd through Tuesday, June 24th - Columbus, OhioWednesday, June 25th through Friday, June 27th - Ann Arbor, Michigan*Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, June 29th - Chicago JamMonday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 2nd - Madison, WisconsinThursday, July 3rd through Friday, July 4th - Minneapolis, MinnesotaSaturday, July 5th through Wednesday, July 9th - Seattle, WashingtonThursday, July 10th through Tuesday, July 15th - San Fransisco, CaliforniaWednesday, July 16th through Thursday, July 17th - Phoenix, ArizonaFriday, July 18th through Tuesday, July 22nd - Denver, Colorado*Wednesday, July 23rd through Tuesday, July 29th - San Antonio, TexasTuesday, July 29th through Wednesday, July 30th - Tampa, FloridaThursday, July 31st through Friday, August 1st - Miami, FloridaSaturday, August 2nd - Athens, GeorgiaSunday, August 3rd through Tuesday, August 5th - Charlotte, North CarolinaWednesday, August 6th through Friday, August 8th - Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSaturday, August 9th - back home to Severna Park, Maryland!