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Sponsor an IDEA Seminar!

Sponsoring an IDEA seminar can be profitable and a lot of fun! You get to organize, plan, and market the seminar to your friends, family, and business associates and reap the benefits. As a sponsor, you get to take the skillshop or training program for free and make money at the same time!

6 -12 Months Ahead...

Select Program and Dates
Select the skillshop or training program you think would be most popular with the people you have in mind. See the enclosed skillshop and training program list. Contact IDEA Seminars to select available dates. IDEA Seminars will hold tentative dates for a period of 14 days before releasing those dates. For certification programs, we recommend planning 6 months to a year in advance.

Determine Seminar Size
For the best results, the minimum size for training programs is 10 participants, and 20 for skillshops. If the class is larger than 50 another instructor is needed depending on the material being presented. Contact IDEA Seminars for more information.

Sign Agreement and Send Deposit

Send a signed copy of the sponsorship agreement and mail deposit. Send a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the estimated total fee. IDEA Seminars will NOT hold any dates until the deposit is received. After IDEA Seminars receives the agreement and the deposit, you may begin to enroll participants. We will also begin to promote your seminar on our web site and in our mailings. (Note: The deposit is non-refundable because IDEA Seminars must turn away other business as soon as we secure the dates for you.)

Reserve Seminar Facilities and Accommodations
Reserve seminar room space and sleeping rooms for yourself and the trainer/s. "Block" sleeping rooms for the students as well. Most hotels will give you a discount on the seminar room if a number of your participants stay in the sleeping rooms. Be sure to negotiate terms. Location needs to be convenient for your participants and/or an attractive resort/vacation destination.

Promote the Course
This is the most important step. The more people you enroll, the more money you will make and the more successful the course will be. Print brochures, create a web site and/or place ads. IDEA Seminars will help you create these if you need help by giving you samples or ad copy. All advertisements and brochures and mailers must be approved by IDEA Seminars before release.

Mailing and advertising can be effective in the long run, but do not rely on it for your first seminar. Mail to only those people whom you can follow up with a phone call.

One of the best ways to fill your seminar is through personal contact with people whom you already have a strong rapport, like business associates, friends, and family.

The absolute most effective way to overflow a skillshop is with FREE publicity in the form of radio shows, local TV and printed stories in magazines, or newspapers. IDEA Seminars must approve of any press releases that you mail to these media sources. Media contact lists can be found at your local library. Rex Steven Sikes is available for interviews over the telephone if unavailable in person.

1 Month Ahead...
Arrange Airline Reservation
Mail airline tickets and pay for accommodations for the trainer/s and one assistant at least 30 days in advance. You are responsible for all of the trainers and assistants transportation costs, accommodations, and expenses.

Go Over the Seminar Checklist
Check to be sure that you have everything needed for the seminar.

2 Weeks Ahead...

Order Manuals
Order Participant Manuals from IDEA Seminars no later than two weeks before the seminar. See cost for course materials in course description. Payment must accompany the order otherwise the material will not be mailed. Up to 20% may be returned by you to IDEA Seminars for a full refund, excluding shipping charges.

Order Audio and Video Tapes

If you wish to sell IDEA Seminars audio and video tapes in the back of the room, you may purchase them at a 40% discount. Be sure to order them at least 2 weeks in advance to assure that they arrive on time.

Pay Balance
Pay all fees in full to IDEA Seminars at least 1 week in advance of the seminar start date.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel a seminar less than 30 days before the scheduled dates, 30% of the fee will be charged to offset the risk of lost business to IDEA Seminars.

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