Join Me at The Building Champions Experience 2011

I am excited about the upcoming Building Champions Experience, September 13–16, 2011 in Cle Elum, Washington. This will be my third year in a row to attend. I look forward to it every year. It is unlike any other conference I attend.

Building Champions Experience

As you may know, Building Champions is the premier coaching company in the U.S. I have used them for more than a decade. They have coached me, several Thomas Nelson executives, and facilitated much of our strategic planning. I honestly would not be where I am today apart from their influence in my life.

Most of the conference will focus on what Building Champions refers to as “the core four”:

  1. Life Plan
  2. Business Vision
  3. Business Plan
  4. Priority Management

The thing I love about this conference is the balance between business and life. Plus, the conference is not over-programmed like so many are. There is plenty of time to reflect, plan, and connect—all in a gorgeous setting in the beautiful Suncadia Resort in beautiful Washington state, an easy and scenic 80 miles from Seattle.

Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni will be the keynote speaker this year. I have read all his books, so I am eager to hear what he has to share.

I will also be speaking on the topic of “Best Practices for Life Planning.” I will then interview several of the Building Champions coaches about this subject, asking the hard questions from the perspective of new and experienced life planners. I can’t wait!

By the way, my wife Gail will also be attending with me. She also came last year. It is an awesome experience to do this conference together as a couple. I have also brought several of my colleagues in the past. I highly recommend attending this conference as a team.

Finally, I am hosting at an exclusive breakfast for anyone who signs up for the Building Champions Experience through my blog. I will be speaking on the topic, “How to Go Further, Faster” (with apologies to Andy Stanley, whose Leadership Podcast uses this tagline).

In this talk, I will share three strategies for kicking your leadership and career development into overdrive. (I wish someone had shared these strategies with me twenty years ago!)

The breakfast will be on Thursday morning, September 15, at 7:15 a.m. While this special session, including breakfast, is free with your paid registration for the entire event, you must register through this special page. We need to get a headcount so we can tell the chef how many meals to prepare.

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  • Anonymous

    Looks brilliant Michael, wish I could make it. Hopefully you’ll be able to show some of the interviews you do. I’m finding that these interviews you post are fast becoming a favourite.

    all the best,

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Paul! I am not sure what they have planned in that regard.

  • Chris Cornwell

    Would love to attend. Would love to start attending some of these conferences that I could learn tons from. And it’s in Seattle. One of my must-travel locations. Oh well. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      Then come! You will be glad you did.

      • Chris Cornwell

        I wish. Although my church does have a campus in Lynnwood, an area of
        Seattle. Maybe I can swing that. {starts brainstorming…..}

    • Jmhardy97


      I have never been to Seattle, but I to need to put this on my schedule.


  • Gail B. Hyatt

    I can’t wait to go again this year!

    Mike took me with him last year and I loved every minute of it. I loved getting away with him. The conference gave us the perfect setting to reconsider and talk about what’s important to us, both in our lives and in business.

    Meeting like-minded people was an extra bonus—both in the staff and the attendees. Spending several days with people who are intentional about living their lives was extremely stimulating. Plus, we made friends who we’ve continued to stay in touch with. Pretty cool.

    I really appreciated the fact that the conference wasn’t over programed. There were many opportunities to process what was being taught and apply the lessons while they were fresh in mind. There was also time to go for walks and enjoy leisurely dinnners.

    Also, I have to say that this conference was held in an absolutely gorgeous setting. The accommodations were fabulous! It felt like we were on a retreat, not at a conference. 

    I can’t wait to go again this year! (Oh yeah, I already said that.)

    • Ben Wall

      Gail, I’d love to visit with you about ways I can bless my wife & kids & how to balance being driven with being present. bw

    • Joe Lalonde

      Gail, it looks like you’re quite excited the conference. Even though we cannot attend this year, that excitement is rubbing off on me. Enjoy your time there with your husband and others!

    • Daniel Harkavy

      We can ‘t wait to have you and Mike back with us!  Thank you for your kind and affirming comments about the Experience.  See you again in just 9 weeks!

    • Jmhardy97


      it looks great and It sounds like you will have a very good time.


  • David Barry DeLozier

    Such a conference would strengthen my leadership skills and grow my network, and judging from the caliber of this program, it would raise the bar for me personally and professionally.  Hmn.  Thought I had my September booked tight … 

  • Aaron Foster

    I could be there if you could just hold off my wife’s delivery of our first child for a couple more weeks…..LOL!

    Sounds like an awesome time Michael. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend in the future.

  • John Richardson

    Looks like a great conference, Michael. I’m currently going through a career change  so this would be a great event to attend. And it happens to be reasonably close to my daughter and family in Seattle. We’ll have to see if this one is in the cards. Thanks for bringing events like this to our attention.

    • Joe Lalonde

      John, seems like career change is in the cards for quite a few people. Hope the change goes well! It looks like you have a good chance at attending. Hopefully you can make it and grow from it!

      • John Richardson

        It’s an interesting time, Joe. A lot of traditional jobs are off the table, but if you look a little outside the box, there are some intriguing opportunities available. Lots to think about.

        • Joe Lalonde

          It certainly is an interesting time, especially with the traditional job arena. Both, my wife and I, are looking at jobs that are not traditional and I know of others that are too. It’s scarey but exhilarating.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hope you can come, John. If you do, let’s make time for a meal together.

      • John Richardson

        Sounds good, Mike. The conference center and program sound remarkable. Might be a little cooler than Nashville in July.

  • Ben Wall

    Michael, I’ve been signed up for months and am looking forward to the whole process. How do I know for sure that there’s a spot for me at that table? bw

    • Michael Hyatt

      The sooner you sign up, the better your chances.

  • Joe Abraham

    I believe conferences like this give us  a new perspective about our life and work. This itself makes it worth attending. Besides, we get to meet people who are ahead of us in accomplishing what we strive to accomplish. It also gives us ample time to relax and refresh.

    • Michael Hyatt

      This one especially does, because it balances work and personal life, and programming and time for reflection.

  • Cynthia Herron

    Oh, I would so love to attend! The Building Champions conference is just a few days before the ACFW conference, which I’m already registered for, and I can only attend one major this year. I had to put my career on hold for a time, so a life plan even at my age sounds intriguing. (Not that I’m ancient or anything. :) )

    When you return, perhaps, you can share some enlightening posts with us?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Will do.

  • Joe Lalonde

    Sounds like another great conference.

    I think this conference could do a lot for my wife and I. We’ve been talking about a lot of big changes that will be happening in our lives. She’s talking about starting up her own business, I’m seeing signs of doing the same for myself, lots of change. The Core Four sounds exactly like what we need.

    We’re pretty booked for our trips so it looks like we’ll have to sit this one out but it’s one we’ll keep in our sights.

  • Dkriss1

    I’m going to pull a Dr. Gunsaulus and make this happen.

  • Theresa Ip Froehlich

    This sounds like my Dream Conference – power-packed with coaching, life planning, priority management – and it’s so close to the area where I live. I am certain the investment of time and money will be well worth the return. It will also be a privilege to meet you and Gail, the real persons behind the Twitter avatars!

    I can’t quite commit at this time since I’ll begin, in September, to do some convention speaking re: “How to interview to get the right employees on your bus”. I sort of have a quota for how often I can go out of town! :)

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hear you. It is hard when you travel a lot already.

  • Joe Sheehan

    Michael – would you recommend this conference to someone who is in the middle of a transition, and thus a bit unsure of the future.  Or is this better for someone who has a more firm career trajectory?  Thanks for offering this.

    • Jessica Traffas

      Hi Joe,
      The Building Champions Experience can be very relevant for someone in the middle of a transition.  There is ample time set aside for reflection and planning, which would give you the ability to think about what you really want to see for the future with the tools to plan how to get there.  It can be a powerful time of discovery.  Also, there is time for connection, where you may meet other like-minded people who can help you along the way.

      Of course, even if you are in a stable place in your career, it’s critical to take the time to reflect on where you are and where you are going, so that you don’t wake up one day and find that you’ve slowly gone off track.  The best always believe there is more they can do to grow and improve.

      Ultimately, everyone’s circumstances are different, and so not everyone would derive the same benefit.  If you have questions, then we would love to chat with you to determine whether it is the right fit for you.  You are welcome to call us at 503-670-1013.

  • Eric

    I wish I could go and be a part of this because I love coaching. It has changed my life. Do you think you could do a “highlights” blog post when you return?

    • Anonymous

      This is a great idea.

    • Dylan Dodson

      I don’t doubt that he will!

  • Dan Foster

    I’ve attended two Building Champions’ Experiences and they are absolutely wonderful and life changing.  The gathering is different than other conferences in that you actually spend time connecting and sharing with others, as well as developing tools and action plans you can implement immediately upon returning back to your daily life and business. Best of all you get access to an amazing team of professional business coaches the whole time!
    I highly recommend attending and hope to see you there in 2011. Thanks for getting the word out Michael.

    • Daniel Harkavy

      Thank you Dan!  We hope to see you with us at this years Experience as well!

  • Peter P

    I really want to go :-(

  • Daniel Harkavy

    Thanks for getting this out there Mike.  I am so looking forward to working with you at this years Experience.  My hope is that it is great for you as a participant as well as a contributor.  I cant wait to learn from you!  See you and Gail in just 9 weeks!

  • Poul Andreassen

    Willing to attend it Michael. Hope I could make it. 

  • Jmhardy97

    Looks great I need to schedule it.


  • Jmhardy97

    I attend several conferences a year. I will be attending the Leadership summit in a couple of weeks and this one looks awesome also.


  • Dylan Dodson

    Sounds like a great conference! I like how business plan and business vision each get their own category.

  • Jeff Randleman

    Sounds like a great event.  Wish the dates and finances would work out though…

  • Art Gray

    I am unable to attend the conference, but I was wondering if the information or at least what you’re sharing at breakfast will be available in some format.

    Pressing and pursuing,

    Art Gray

    • Michael Hyatt

      We haven’t made any decisions on that yet. Sorry.

  • Steve Caton

    Michael, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and wisdom with us at the Building Champions Experience today. I greatly valued the wisdom you shared in the breakfast on Going Further, Faster, especially your thoughts on how I can motivate my boys to read more!! 

    The whole experience here in Suncadia has been amazing and inspiring in so many ways. I have often wondered how you were so focused and productive in the midst of such a busy life and schedule. I now understand!

    Thanks for all you do to invest in others Michael. You are making a huge difference!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Steve. Building Champions is a very special group of people. I treasure every opportunity I get to be with them.