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UYMG Sydney March 2008

April 3rd, 2008 · 13 Comments

UYMG Sydney March 2008 (Unleash Your Marketing Genius) has been and gone and I had a wonderful time again. I wanted to get this and some other UYMG posts out earlier, but I had some unforeseen difficulties that I had to sort out first, including computer PC problems. I will not get into that now though.

The attendance was good considering that the WIS (World Internet Summit) was being held at the same time, and there was a great deal of energy in the room. Thanks for all that participated in the event to make it all so worthwhile. The good news is that UYMG and WIS will be combined in Dallas, Texas 22-25 May. I will be there, so hopefully I shall see you there too.

Many may not realize that Stephen Pierce did not get his luggage until the day before he had to go back home. In fact both he and Alicia lost their luggage on the return trip too 🙁  . Stephen and Alicia had to hustle around town to find suitable clothing for him to wear at the event. Alicia told me that she had previously bought some expensive clothing for Stephen just for the event. Despite all the chaos, Stephen provided a few days worth of  internet marketing and related content in his usual professional and informative manner. Everyone seemed to pay close attention to every word he spoke, as they should have.  I was quite amazed and impressed with the fact that Stephen sometimes did not know what he was going to talk about until moments before he went on stage.

A photo of Stephen Pierce with me

Above is a photo taken of Stephen Pierce with me at UYMG Sydney 2008. Have a look at the size of his fist and forearm. I had better stay on the good side of Stephen… only joking.

Alicia was as lovely as usual at UYMG Sydney 2008. Every time I have been in contact with Alicia she has been very helpful and friendly to me.  I know that Alicia has faith in me and I really appreciate the support she has given me. Alicia does a lot of work in the background to help support and promote Stephen and they complement each other very well. I loved the hat that she was wearing at the event. The hat can be seen in the photo below of Alicia Pierce and me.

A photo of Alicia Pierce and me at UYMG Sydney 2008

Laura Remeselnik is well known within the SMCC community, where she works flat out. It was her first appearance at a UYMG event in Sydney and I was glad that I got to catch up with her in real person after receiving many emails from her in the past. Laura, along with with Sern Yi (The SMCC development manager and one of the nicest person that I have met), gave a hands on presentation about web pages and ftp.  I found Laura to have a pleasant and unique personality.  I enjoyed the conversations that I had with Laura and enjoyed working with her at the event. Laura is also mad about craft work, so we had some craft exercises to do in the pre UYMG training.

 A photo of Laura Remeselnik and me at UYMG Sydney 2008

Above is a great photo of Laura Remeselnik and me at UYMG Sydney 2008. Don’t worry Maureen (my girlfriend), Laura is happily engaged to be married. Raymond, make sure that you take notice of that last sentence! Also notice the picture of Pavarotti in the background? That photo of Pavarotti will become relevant in a future post.

Unlike 2007, UYMG Sydney 2008 was held at the Acer Arena at Sydney Olympic Park. While the Acer Arena may have been difficult for some people to get to, I had the pleasure of dealing with some of the staff who ran the Arena and I found them to be very nice. In case you are reading this post, a warm hello to all, including the manager, head caterer and the cleaner. 

My dad “John” was part of the Alpha Leadership group this year and we both shared accommodation at the Ibis. The Ibis was less than a 10 minute walk to the Acer Arena, so it was very handy for us. I only wished that they remembered to replace the towels when they took the used ones away for cleaning. My dad was suffering from a cold and was coughing and spluttering at night.  You would not know it though as he was lively and very helpful at the event.

Below is a photo of Stephen Pierce, dad and me at UYMG Sydney. You can see dad and me propping Stephen up to make him look taller, well it almost looks that way.. lol.

A photo of Stephen Pierce with my dad and me at UYMG Sydney 2008

UYMG had several guest speakers of which I shall write posts about in the future. Inanna Lawton and Melissa Hewetson both presented in the previous UYMG event too. Others included Allan Forrest Smith, Nikhil Parekh, Andrew and Daryl Grant, Janet Switzer, Ken Shimizu and Ben Teo. 

Tags: Internet Marketing · Stephen Pierce · UYMG

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hot Alpha Female // Apr 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    This is an awesome post of UYMG. But i think you forgot to mention the OVERALL AWESOMENESS OF IT ALL!!!

    It was so good to be able to spend those 5 days with you and the others. Awwww i can’t wait for UYMG in America I’m sooo excited!!!

    Before that happens though i have to do sooooo much stuff!! hahah

    Neways im sure we will have plenty of time to catch up on the plane aswell!!

    Can’t wait … speak you ya soon

    Hot Alpha Female

  • 2 Bryan // Apr 3, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Hot Alpha Female

    It was great of you to drop by.

    I really enjoyed your company at UYMG. You did a great job as Alpha Leader captain and I have heard of plenty of positive feedback about your blog presentation.

    I look forward to catching up with you in the USA next month.

  • 3 Laura Remeselnik // Apr 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Bryan oh Bryan!

    You we’re absolutly fantastic in a shy but so very helpful way. I’m going to get your blog in the SMCC newsletter because well I think it rocks! great job and see you in May!

  • 4 Bryan // Apr 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Laura

    Thanks for your kind words about me and this blog. I shall be looking forward to seeing you again in May. 🙂

  • 5 John Stephens // Apr 9, 2008 at 1:46 am

    This is a great post about a great event.

    I truly enjoyed getting to know members of the audience whilst helping them in my role as an Alpha Team Leader.

    I am surprised to see that Jen calls herself “Hot Alpha Female.” I think the “Lovely Alpha Team Leader Leader” would have been more appropriate.

    I am disappointed that you did not link to the video of the dancing on stage at the start of day 2 when that “Old Bloke” showed the youngsters a few steps. Anyhow the video failed to show most of the dance steps and focused mainly on upper body movements. 🙂

  • 6 Bryan // Apr 9, 2008 at 6:03 am

    No need to be disappointed now dad. I have now included the dancing video on the next post.

    I also agree with your comment about the members of the audience. It was great to be able to interact with so many of them at the event and it was fun. 🙂

  • 7 Shafir Ahmad // Apr 12, 2008 at 2:11 am


    This UYMG looks awesome also.
    Wish I could have been there also 🙂

    You got some other videos? Do post them up, please…..

    PS: I love Alicia’s hat.

  • 8 Bryan // Apr 12, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Hi Shafir

    Yes this UYMG was awesome too. They all are. 🙂 It would have been great if you could have attended. Are you going to Dallas next month?

    I used the videos from Sern Yi. He does have more available of the event.

    Yes, Alicia looked cool in her hat. 🙂

  • 9 Shafir Ahmad // Apr 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    Nope, looks like I won’t make it to Dallas either. I have lots of stuff to do in the meanwhile 😀

  • 10 Raymond Chua // May 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    I’m speechless. 🙂

  • 11 Bryan // May 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    That is unlike you Raymond. lol

    Thanks for being a good sport. 🙂

  • 12 Tim // May 29, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I attended UYMG Sydney 2008 and what an amazing event!

    Infact I’m interested in becoming an Alpha leader myself

    What do I do?

  • 13 Bryan // May 29, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Tim

    I am glad that you found UYMG Sydney 2008 an amazing event.

    I just returned from Dallas where 6 Alpha Leaders were part of the crew for the WIS event. It was an awesome experience.

    You have taken the 1st step into becoming an Alpha Leader, that being an interest in becoming one. Other things that you can do to catch the eye of Stephen and Alicia is to participate more in the SMCC forum, be active in a mastermind group and help other SMCC members.

    All the best. 🙂

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