Lany Sullivan (@LanySullivan) is an event planning and event execution expert. Some would call her the Event Magician over at Events By Lany. As a sister refugee from the world of finance, she's able to balance the larger business goal with all the nitty gritty details and negotiations that make you cringe.
She has successfully produced, executed and managed event marketing ventures for companies such as: Jeep, Disney XD, NBC, American Airlines, Kraft Foods, Wall Street Journal, AIDS Health Foundation, and many more. Today, she works with international coaches, consultants, speakers and authors who want to get their message out using events, but don’t want the hassle of managing all of the logistics. And this is just Lany's work cred!
In this conversation, Lany and I also chat about how losing everything in a market crash and caretaking for two family members paved the way for her to change careers and become a digital nomad. This lifestyle allows this super connector to plan events all over the world and hang with her vast network of friends, family, and contacts in real life. Lany will share how she made that leap as well how she keeps the day-to-day together.
Learn more about Lany and her work at Events By Lany.
Special note: Lany created a fantastic new resource for folks who want to create revenue hosting retreats. If that's you, click here.
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- Connect with Lany on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- David Kutcher of Confluent Forms (who connected us making this podcast possible)
- 33k Task List Project
- David Byrd (planning expert)
- Parenting Your Parent: One Daughter’s Tale
- Passion Planner
- SecretFlying.com (for flight deals)
- Word Swag
- Follower’s Assistant
- The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (books)
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (book)
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery (book series)
- Minda Harts of The Memo (on women-on-women crime)
- Kickass Theme Music: “Things Are Getting Better” Written by Rishi Dhir. Performed by The High Dials.
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Quotes + selected highlights from the episode
All of this wisdom is from Lany herself (with some minor edits for readability).
[00:09:01] [On life after a market crash] I realized it's just a house. It's just a car. It's just a business. To say that now, it's very flippant, but when I look back on it, I really was able to [realize] I can start over. It's totally OK. So, I lost everything. [17.9]
[00:11:16] Just go and do it. Learn it. Figure it out. That's what we're good at. We, as women, are good at figuring it out. [6.0]
[00:16:20] I am a manic to-do list maker. [3.0]
[00:18:32] When it comes down to exorcising my thoughts out of my head, I need a pen and paper to do that. It literally feels like an exorcism sometimes. [12.2]
[00:20:49] [Advice given to her when worrying about how much was on her to-do list] “You're an entrepreneur. You're a business owner. You're always going to have a list of things to do. And it's always going to be massive.” [7.1]
[00:24:26] The important things - the things that can hurt me or my business - I never let them get out of control. [5.0]
[00:26:02] [On hiring a business coach] It's totally changed my business. It changed my head. I got my head out of my ass, first of all, and I didn't think my head was in my ass necessarily. That's a sure sign that your head's in your ass when you don't think it is. [12.6]
[00:36:35] [On healing after caretaking] Honestly, I cried a lot. Then, I got mad at myself for crying. [6.0]
[00:37:39] [On the coaching process] I wanted to avoid it all because it was really hard. I didn't like it. Even looking back, I still don't like it. I'm really grateful for it, but I still don't like the process of it because it's gut-wrenching. [14.6]
[00:39:58] [On a singularly impactful habit] The biggest thing is to find some time for yourself and to just reflect on who you are. [10.9]
[00:42:40] I've lived a very minimal life over the last seven or eight years since I did lose everything. I never went back to that accumulation lifestyle. [9.4]
[00:45:40] I've had all the stuff. I've had nice cars. I've had great houses at the beach. I've had it all. What I haven't had is a global experience. I haven't been able to go see the world. [13.8]
[00:50:32] [Sage advice given to Lany by her business coach] “Fear of missing out (FOMO) is not a good business decision.” [2.5]
[00:55:41] What if we just stopped and listened [to other people]? [1.4]
[00:58:09] [On trolling/social media and the importance of picking up the phone] We do disgusting awful things to people behind keyboards. [2.9]
[01:03:06] I'm actually building on my vision board in the back of my planner, which is really a fun way to do it. My vision board is the traveling vision board. [6.8]
[01:05:32] [On self-preservation boundaries] I've set my schedule that I don't do anything before 10 o'clock in the morning work-wise. [3.7]
[01:09:49] I'm so tired of women tearing women down and seeing them just rip each other apart online - backbiting and backstabbing and all that. What if we just cheered each other on more? [12.8]
[01:12:18] Just be happy in what you're doing, and if you're not happy, do something different. Immediately. Now. Like today...or like yesterday. [6.7]
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