This is my complete review of Dan Miller’s Coaching with Excellence 2-Day Conference, which I attended in May 2016. I paid full price to attend the event, and I received no compensation for this review.
The Basics of Coaching with Excellence
Cost: $$ ($997 at the time of my purchase)
Time Commitment: 2 days + 1 travel day
Location: Franklin, Tennessee (outside of Nashville)
Accommodations: On your own. Plenty of options available at various price points.
Meals: Most supplied on site. Delicious, and include vegetarian options.
Attendees: Business coaches, life coaches, and other coaches with existing businesses; entrepreneurs and 9-to-5ers considering launching a coaching business
Host: Dan Miller and the 48 Days team
Pros: Comfortable energy and environment, diverse business niches of attendees, specific step-by-step instructions, applicable tools, lots opportunities to make connections, plenty of focus on marketing strategies and potential income streams
Bottom Line: Highly recommended
What Is Coaching with Excellence Really Like?
After listening to Dan Miller’s 48 Days podcast for several years, I finally decided to attend a 48 Days event.
The conference is held at the 48 Days Sanctuary, an incredibly peaceful venue. Wide open green space surrounded by trees beats a hotel conference room any day.
Being greeted with freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee is always a good sign too.
Dan and Joanne’s young grandchildren scurried around the property, and the older girls participated in the conference in different ways, lending their youthful energy and helping everyone loosen up a bit more quickly than we might have otherwise.
Forty-eight men and women from all over the country gathered to learn from Dan and several guest speakers. We shared ideas, asked questions, and brainstormed solutions.
We received an information-packed “Coaching with Excellence” binder filled with worksheets, templates, and checklists. This content provided the basis for our 2-day event, but Dan often strayed away from it or jumped around to find the information most relevant to our particular group.
Guest speakers spoke about several key areas, including how to grow your income as a speaker, how to build an online course, and how to create your first info product.
The attendees had all taken our DISC profile assessments before attending. Ashley, the resident DISC expert, helped us get over some of our shock at the results. (They made it pretty clear that many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of trying to be all things to all people.)
During our breaks and meals, Dan and Joanne Miller, and two of their children, Ashley Logsdon and Jared Angaza, made themselves available to get to know us better, listen to our ideas, or answer our questions.
While I respect an event facilitator’s need to escape the event and recharge now and again, this accessibility was incredibly beneficial. It allowed us to connect with these leaders one-on-one, in a low-pressure, friendly environment. The other presenters stayed for meals and mingled with us as well.
During one lunch break, I listened as Jared helped a young counselor figure out how to define her coaching niche and position her offering. It was essentially a mini-coaching session. Everyone at our table took something away from the discussion.
When I spoke with Ashley about the possibility of joining Coaching Mastery in the near future, she was encouraging, but she didn’t give me the dreaded high-pressure sales itch.
Just as valuable, I was able to connect with several attendees and find ways to help each other move forward in business.
In the following weeks, I invited one of the speakers, Terry Hadaway of My Thinking Box, to join our Book Marketing Mega-Summit as a presenter. He not only agreed, his presentation was incredibly valuable.
Before the conference, I’d been struggling to find the direction for a workbook I’m currently creating to help entrepreneurs develop sharper problem-solving skills and tap into their inherent creativity.
After day one of Coaching with Excellence, I had a solid direction for that book. Just listening to entrepreneurs ask questions helped me figure out what to include in my book.
What Can You Get Out of Coaching with Excellence?
Coaching with Excellence will help you:
- decide if coaching is the right business for you.
- figure out what style of coaching you want to pursue.
- choose marketing strategies for your coaching business.
- identify new income opportunities.
- connect with amazing people in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
My one regret: I should’ve brought an extra tote bag with me. I left the event with the training and business-building manual, along with a stack of useful books that speakers and other people shared with us. It was a bounty of useful material that I continue to reference.
Is Coaching with Excellence Worth the Money?
Even if they charged twice as much.
Go write something!