SMS workshop, has anyone gone?
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  1. #1
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    Default SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    I am just curious to here if anyone has gone to the SMS 3 day workshop. I am going in August, and I was hoping for some feedback. What did you like? Not like? Anything I should expect or not expect? I received the list of items I need to prepare. Any other pointers or tips before I go?

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    Default Re: SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    Yep. Go in with an open mind, and listen to everything they tell you. You will thank them for it.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber
    http://www.meritageonmain.blogspot.com

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    Default Re: SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    I attended last November, with Ann Monteith, Julia Woods, and Carol Andrews presenting. It was a fabulous, well-organized, information-packed eye-opening experience. I came away with a very good understanding of how to set up, price, market, and sell the portrait side of my business (which is very different from the editorial stock I'd been doing exclusively for nearly 15 years). I thought it was useful to have read the PPA Benchmark study ahead of time. I'm still struggling with marketing, but the pricing and sales aspects are in good shape for profitable sales. I just don't have enough of them yet.

    -- Mark Turner
    www.turnerphotographics.com

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    Default Re: SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    Haven't gone yet but I will be there in Dallas this month.

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    Default Re: SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    Hey guys, I'm Carol, and I'm one of the SMS instructors..... if you have specific questions, regarding the SMS classes, please feel free to contact the SMS office to ehlp give you that info. Also, on the PPA website, are actual success stories, based on PPA studios that are using our services....I appreciate Mark and Micheals endorsements for the classes....they are intense, and info packed....come with an open mind, and specific list of questions....review your list of questions at the end of the class and I think you'll find them anwsered....if not, we'll get you taken care of.
    It is a real privilege to work with our members to help educate and secure better imagery and business practices for our professional photographic industry!!
    Donale, are you coming to the 2 day or 3 day? I'll see you there!

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    Default Re: SMS workshop, has anyone gone?

    Having a list of questions in advance, as Carol suggested, is invaluable. In our class we all came in with different individual experience levels in the business. My needs weren't quite the same as the wedding photographer from Detroit suffering a major economic downturn. I had a full page of questions written down and got answers to most of them during the three days. The "stupid" question you ask may provide a great insight to someone else in the group so don't be afraid to speak up.

    -- Mark Turner
    www.turnerphotographics.com

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