It’s no secret...I LOVE a good retreat!
There’s just something about taking a step away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life and business to connect, reflect, and dream that just gets me every time!
It’s powerful. It’s impactful. It’s important.
It’s just one of the many reasons why I decided to start my Inspired Retreat in the first place, and why I’m here today encouraging you to consider getting started on launching a retreat of your very own.
If you’ve been looking for a good way to make a greater impact in the lives of the customers and clients you serve...
If you’ve been looking for another way to add a revenue stream to your business...
If you’ve been longing to create your own special in-person experience to make your brand come to life in exciting new ways... creating a retreat may be exactly what you need!
There’s never been a better time to launch your retreat! Even in this post-Covid world, you can successfully host and plan a retreat for your business.
Here are a few reasons why you should get started on planning your retreat today.
There’s just something different about “in-person” events
Don’t get me wrong -- I am a HUGE fan of online membership programs and masterminds!! Some of the best learning, accountability, and sisterhood I’ve ever witnessed or experienced has come through virtual programs. (My Blooming Business Inner Circle sisters know what I’m talking about.)
There is definitely an important place and need for online communities!
BUT - if we’ve learned anything in the last couple of years, it’s that “in-person” events are just, well, different than being online! It’s hard to fully describe, but there is an energy in a room filled with passionate, like-minded people that you just can’t fully create in a Facebook group or a Zoom call. (Trust me, I’ve tried.)
There is an openness that comes when people actually take the time to gather together. This openness is exactly what makes retreats such beautiful and powerful experiences for so many!
Stay ahead of the curve
Think about it friends, for months and months we’ve all been staying at home, avoiding group gatherings, and waiting for the world to return to some kind of “normal.”
I don’t know about y’all, but at this point, I’ve got the travel bug...bad! (And I know I’m not the only one!)
When things finally do start to open up fully again and life begins to feel a little more normal, there are going to be people like me (and maybe like you too), who are dying to chat about life, business, (or really anything,) while sipping a nice glass of sangria with some girlfriends.
There are many who are tired of working in the same home office or dining room. When that moment happens, those people will be looking for an opportunity to do just that!
Start planning now!
Your retreat could be the exact opportunity so many people will be needing! While other business owners are just “starting to plan,” you could be ready to launch!
You can BE THE ONE to make a true difference in so many lives after such a long season working solo!
Retreats get results faster for your clients
As business owners, we all want to make a difference in the lives of our clients, right? We want to help them get results! After all, that’s (hopefully) one of the reasons you started your business in the first place.
You’ve put systems and programs in place to help your client achieve the results they are looking for...
You’ve spent hours marketing your services and perfecting your methods...
But what if you could help your client achieve the same level of success in LESS TIME?
Retreats are a great way to do that!
When someone attends your retreat, you have the gift of their undivided attention for multiple days. They are carving time out of their busy lives to work with and learn from YOU!
What an honor!
This intentional time together allows you to give them SO MUCH MORE in a shorter window of time. Not only that, but the opportunity for face to face interaction, conversation, and feedback throughout the retreat will help you to make “in the moment” adjustments to better suit the needs of your audience.
Retreats are a great revenue boost
I know, I know...it’s not all about the money. HOWEVER, we all know that money is an important part of running a successful business. A well-planned and well-attended retreat can be a great cash injection for your business.
Have you ever found yourself in a slower season in your business and you really could’ve used a cash influx? Maybe you had another project to fund or simply needed to keep things moving until your next busy season? Plan a retreat and schedule it for those slower moments when the extra income will come in handy.
The other good news? While retreats and workshops can be a fantastic short-term financial win, they also have a huge impact on long-term customer retention.
Think about it friend…
If someone has the chance to actually meet and get to know you, they are far more likely to stick with you! You are no longer an ambiguous person on the internet, but a friend and mentor they can trust!
This translates into customers that will continue to seek out all that you have to offer! Retreat attendees are more likely to participate in other programs or masterminds, become repeat attendees, and tend to be more willing to tell their friends and other connections about your businesses.
Retreats give you the opportunity to bring your brand to life.
Have you ever felt like there is so much more to you and your business that your audience just doesn’t fully understand? Don’t worry sister, you’re in good company!
You can say a lot with online content and programming. With each social media post, live video, or email newsletter, you can (and should!) share a little bit of your brand vision and mission with your audience.
What makes a retreat so unique is its ability to truly immerse your client into your brand! Instead of simply learning about you and what you do, they can experience your brand in an up close and personal way!
Is there a special song that is your go-to pick me up song? Add it to the mid-day break dance party playlist for attendees to hear.
Is your go-to end of day wind down drink a glass of sangria? Serve it up at a welcome cocktail party.
If you’ve always dreamed of sharing stories and teaching lessons around a campfire...YOU CAN!
Retreats will add a whole new level of authenticity and personality to your business and will truly bring your brand to life!
Are you seeing how retreats and live event experiences are an incredible way to serve your people while reaching your business goals?
Now, I know what you might be thinking…
“Okay Amber, planning a retreat sounds great, but I have no idea where to start!”
That’s okay sister! When I first started my Inspired Retreat, this was a whole new ballgame for me! While I had successfully planned, coordinated and designed special events for years in my corporate career and in my years as a Nashville wedding planner -- creating a live event experience for my small business was a whole new ballgame.
For the last 10 years, I tested and tweaked each of my business retreats, intent on making each one more impactful and better than the one before. I took all the time and a LOT of trial and error to get my events to where they are today.
THAT BEING SAID...I’d love to help you get it right the first time!
Are you ready to create, plan and sell your own retreat experience?
Consider me your Big Sis when it comes to all things “retreat and live event planning” for your small business! Stay tuned as I walk you step by step through each phase of the planning process in my upcoming course. You’ll get my best tips, tricks, and strategies for creating a retreat your clients will always remember.