Dave Lukas Chats with Chris Krimitsos
123: Profiting from Events and Designing a Future Worth Living into with Podfest Founder, Chris Krimitsos
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Chris Krimitsos. For many, Chris needs no introduction as the founder of the Podfest Multimedia expo, the world’s premier conference for all things podcasting and new media.
Chris is also the founder of the Tampa Bay Business Owners organization, CK Media Productions, and is a speaker and consultant. But, more than anything Chris is a master at creating and facilitating successful events. He’s has facilitated over 2000 successful events and recently started a podcast focused on helping people learn the secrets to creating and putting on great events. It’s called the Conference Cashflow Podcast.
I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with Chris and I am amazed how our philosophies and principles are so similar – so there is a lot we can talk on today, but I want to focus first on what you can learn from Chris about how to put on a great, successful event.
Chris grew up in New York and had a lot of inspiration from his uncles. They came as immigrants with nothing in their pockets. They worked hard, got into the restaurant industry, and were very successful. He would learn from them and started his first business at 13 years old selling candy. He was serial entrepreneur ever since. He moved to Florida in the mid 2000’s and invested in real estate. He was fortunate to have exited before the crash.
Chris then got into production and produced two live TV shows. After some success, he started a group known as the Tampa Bay Business Owners. After growing it substantially, he sold it. He then started Podfest and is now its 6th year.
Why should people consider doing events as part of their business strategy?
Putting on over 2000 events – what would you say are the critical elements someone needs to have to create successful event?
At the 10 min mark, Chris gives two case study examples on how to pick speakers and find the right ones.
Talk to us about the size event, what do people need to know?
How do you promote and get people to come to an event?
Best secrets to make an event memorable?
Are there any big “don’ts” for events?
If someone would like to speak at an event, what should they do?
What are your feelings on the current state of podcasting and what does the future hold over the next few years?
Any specific things people should watch and follow in podcasting?
What are some critical habits that you believe all entrepreneurs should practice in today’s world?
What is your best advice for an entrepreneur starting out?
At the 33 min mark, Chris talks about how to manifest your future and your why…
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