What If You Could Step into a More Compelling Story?

If you have followed my blog for more than a few months, you know that I am a huge fan of Don Miller and, especially, his most recent book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story. In fact, last year I had the men in my Mentoring Group read through the book and discuss it. It was life-changing.

That’s why I am so excited to share with you about Don’s Storyline Conference. Gail and I attended last year in Portland and loved it. It is a two-day event, held in three locations: Portland (April 30–May 1), Nashville (May 6–7), and Santa Barbara (June 8–9).

Don designed this conference to help you examine your life—who you are and who God created you to be—and then guide you through the process of creating a more meaningful story. It is fully congruent with my e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, if you are familiar with that.

The Storyline Conference is specifically designed for:

  • Those interested in personal development;
  • Those in the midst of a transition; and
  • Those who want to live a bigger, more compelling story.

Over the course of two days, you will discover:

  1. How you are uniquely wired
  2. How to create a filter for your major decisions
  3. How to be motivated by a single life-purpose
  4. How to take up every day knowing what you are supposed to do
  5. How to inspire the world with the story you are telling
  6. How to partner with God in the work He is already doing
  7. How to create a a storyline you can reference for the rest of your life

If you want to register for the conference, you can do so here.

Here’s the cool thing: Don has offered my readers a special $50.00 discount. It works whether you register as an individual or a group. And, that’s in addition to the Early Bird Discount, which ends on April 20th for Portland, April 24th for Santa Barbara, and April 26th for Nashville. Please use the code: STORY2012.

Note: this special discount is only good for NEW registrations.

Question: What appeals to you about this conference? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    This conference is amazing. It will change your life. From the unique conference setting, to the creative materials and notebook, you’ll have a blast designing a new story for your life. Highly recommended!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It was great seeing you there last year, John!

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        The Santa Barbara venue sounds really interesting. It’s located in the beautiful Montecito area. What a great setting!

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

           I have always wanted to go to California!

  • http://rise365.com/ Michael Good

    Michael,
    I’ve heard so much about this conference and it’s one I really want to go to. I read A Million Mile In A Thousand Years and it was life changing. Actually, that book is one of the main reasons my wife and I are on the quest we’re on. 

    Even though, we won’t be able to make it to a Storyline conference this year, it’s one that we plan to go in the future if he holds more.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I am hoping for the same thing, Michael.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Same for me Michael. When I heard of it last year, I longed to go but was unable to make it work. This year I’m in the same situation.

  • http://www.ninanesdoly.com/ Nina Nesdoly

    I love the concept of thinking of your life as a story, this conference sounds like a great idea! A very purposeful way to look at self improvement. Thanks for making the discount code available. I’ll look into this! :)

    • http://www.ninanesdoly.com/ Nina Nesdoly

      Is this offered at other times of year in other locations? 

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        For 2012, it is only available at the three locations mentioned in the post. Thanks.

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    So many great conferences, so little time (and money) to go. But I’m not envious because I am super excited to be going to SCORRE this year. I can justify one conference a year.

    I love the part about partnering with God to find your purpose, the work he prepared in advance for you to do. I pray that I am in step with him, even without the conference. Looks like one to put on my list for the future.

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

      See you at the SCORRE conference, Kelly! My wife, Wendy, and I are going, too.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I just visited your website. What an amazing family! Looking forward to meeting you and Wendy!

      • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

        Hey Chris, 

        Kelly’s comment prompted me to check out your website, too.  Wow what incredible ministries you have!  I’ll be at SCORRE, too, and look forward to seeing you there!

        • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

          Very cool, John, see you there! We should get together and have our very own Michael Hyatt Groupie party. Hey, and we’ll invite Michael!

          • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

            Haha! Let’s do it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I know, there really are a lot of great conferences. I look forward to meeting you are SCORRE!

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I’m really looking forward to it, Michael.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Lucky you! Getting to attend SCORRE… It’s one I have my eye on. But for now I’ll have to settle on my second trip to Catalyst East.

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        Maybe October, Joe? Would love to see you at SCORRE! 

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           I wish Michele but Catalyst is in October as well. It’s quite the trip for us to take, upwards of 15 hours. So it’s the major conference we attend. But one day I’ll be at SCORRE.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com/ Chris Jeub

    My daughter competed last year  in national competition with a speech titled, “Underdogs.” It was based on Don Miller’s Storyline book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

    And I’m looking forward to Don Miller’s movie, Blue Like Jazz, out on the 14th! My daughter and I have it marked on our calendars and can’t wait.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I can’t wait to see the final movie either!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Chris,
      I’m with you! I just blogged about the trailer, and how I was looking forward to the movie release.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

         Awesome!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

       I’ll be checking that movie out when it hits the screens!

  • http://1minutedailyword.com/ Steve Martin

    It sounds like a great conference! I have been to that area many times and it is spectacular. Enjoy!

  • http://cherionethingivelearned.blogspot.com/ Cheri Gregory

    By the end of June, I need to write a synthesis paper to wrap up my MA program. It sounds like the Storyline Conference could be a wonderful time to reflect on the past five year and look ahead to the next 5+!

  • Schaffer32

    Forgive my push-back, and perhaps it has to do with trying to get my head around Holy Thursday in this Lenten Calendar, but what does all of this, and not least the new Facebook insistence on one’s timeline, have to do with Galatians 2:20? I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 

    Frankl certainly revealed great truth, but I am not sure he would agree with how this truth (revealed to him by those who survived the concentration camps — or didn’t) is being deployed (sold at market price) here. 

    Is it really for us to “tell or our story” or for those to whom we give our lives to “know” what our story is and has been? Drawing upon another great sage, CS Lewis, try to “save” your life and you lose everything. Lose your life and you get your life (new life in Christ) and everything else thrown in. There are many elements here of great value. To reflect on life, especially in the context of conforming to the life of Christ, i.e., to love, is an essential practice as old as the desert fathers or even Peter in the courtyard after denying Christ. But why I am hearing the shrill promises of Tony Robbins or a prosperity gospel preacher or a carnival barker here? Why am I thinking that the hoped for end-game for Miller is a phone call from Facebook for help in getting its billion users to submit to their timeline format? 

    Of course, this is the very tension that runs through all life. We are wired to be “successful” in order to survive with personal dignity in whatever social strata for which we hope to qualify. So, for those who can, selling evermore books (or online Storyline workbooks), being popular on the speaker’s circuit, or finding money and praise in whatever way one is able seems the way to go. And if you can’t get the money, or if getting the money seems a bit unseemly, at least you have the tools here to create a “redemptive story” to justify everything that has come before and is yet to come. Whatever your life might have been and is, simply re-write it! No need for conversion, no need to be open to the possibility that I am in fact bankrupt and need my eyes opened to jealous idols that necessitate a story to make sense of them. 

    Christ’s timeline seems to run this way: born into poverty and obscurity; hunted as an infant; no information about adolescence;  suddenly appears as an adult with no backstory other than maybe he has a skill as a carpenter; and a few short years later with no formal education or travel (nothing of much interest to report on Facebook), is crucified as a criminal. Yet, His story is the only one ever remembered.

    Jim Schaffer 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Jim,
      Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate how you opened with your heart being moored, right now, to the events of Holy Week and how that has shaped your comments. I also appreciate how you articulated the tension of “success” and our calling to follow God—wherever He may lead. I think that is a tension many business minded people wrestle with on a daily basis.

      Now, I don’t know Don personally, (although I would love to meet him) but I have read his all of books and seen him speak a few times, and I think he might (MIGHT) say that he’s not telling people to just “re-write” their story so they don’t have to deal with redemption or idols, but to, in fact, be more alive with God, by truly living out this gift of life. (John 10—The idea of the full life)

      I know many people who are living a FULL life story who are NOT popular, by the worlds standards, but are leading epic and radical lives for Christ, and aren’t going through life with blinders on.  I don’t think Don is “selling” the idea of “success”, but is helping lead people through a journey to discover how to live a full life—as one tool and not the “answer” to everything.

      I know this doesn’t address all of your topics, but I love how Don puts some of the ideas you address in this post (from his book Through painted Deserts—Which I highly recommend!)

      http://donmilleris.com/2012/02/27/the-dance-toward-god/

      Jim, blessing to you on your Good Friday and have a blessed Easter!

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I just want to chime in here, Barry. I think you are exactly right. In fact, Don uses the life of Joseph when he teaches this, which of course, foreshadows Christ’s live beautifully. Our lives take on much more meaning when we can see our story from God’s perspective. He is always about redeeming us and saving others—just as He did in Joseph’s story.

        • Schaffer32

          Thank you for your thoughtful and gracious replies, all of you, especially given my pushy comments. You’ve helped me see that I was in truth accusing myself. Don Miller is generously offering a structured way to help people come to their own conclusions about their individual lives, to help them embrace the freedom to live their lives responsibly, intentionally, gratefully, rather than unconsciously living a vacuous life defined by pop culture. 

          You have helped me decide this moment how to receive (instead of ignore) the Facebook Timeline (and even Facebook):  to treat it as a timeline of gratitude for all the ways in which Christ gave Himself for me even before I was born, and then all along the way ever since. 

          Despite all the heat in my previous comments, my life has been incredibly blessed, even professionally. 

          I need to transform whatever it was that caused my rant yesterday into an enduring inventory of gratitude, and to do so slowly. 

          Let me begin, then, by saying Thanks, Sincerely to this positive community here, which is, after all, why I even happen to be here!  I need your stubborn adherence to JOY. 

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Wow. Thanks for your honest and gracious response. You made my day.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I think this is such an important conversation to have. We must always be evaluating and reevaluating our motives and drive, and what kind of story we’re living. I keep thinking of Joseph: “What man intended for harm, God intended for good–for the saving of many lives.” Joseph lived a big story–one of hardship but also one of huge external success. In the end, he recognized it was (IS!) God’s story we’re living, God’s purposes that are being accomplished. Thank you for sharing your heart and perspective, Jim. I appreciate it.

    • Jim Martin

      Jim, you bring up such important points.  You obviously take very seriously Christ’s call to follow him and to find our lives in him.  

      As I read through Michael’s post, I was especially attracted to the kind of issues that are covered in this seminar.  The larger story of what God has done in Christ is the story that my life is centered in.  Yet, I find it so helpful to reflect on the kinds of issues this seminar covers.  

      Though the center of my life is Christ, I have so many roles which often complicate my life (husband, father, grandfather, minister, church leader, friend, etc.)  The kinds of issues that are reflected in this post would be very helpful for me to think through in light of the roles that I am attempting to navigate.

      Thanks very much for your comment.

  • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

    I read the book, my wife read it, she read it to my older kids…it became a foundational context of our family’s life. Then I went to the first Storyline conference, it was tremendous. I’ve given away two cases of the book and starting next month each of the members in my company will get it when they join. My 16 year old son recently read “Million Miles” again for himself and got convicted on some of the things we’ve been prompting him to do for ‘his story’. I couldn’t be a bigger fan.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      What a great endorsement. Thanks for sharing, Kevin.

      • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

        you’re welcome. I’m not a ‘fan’ of much…but I am of this message

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       I loved the story you shared about Caleb after he read Million Miles on the podcast. Thanks to your urging, I picked up a copy and read it. Life changing!

      • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

        I’m so blessed Caleb took it to heart, it’s the kind of fruit a father hopes to see in his kids!

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Glad you recognize it Kevin. When my wife and I have children, I hope I can see the same fruit you’re seeing in your boy. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Kevin,
      What a great endorsement of Don and his ministry! Thanks for sharing!

      • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

        Oh, my honor. Father to 6…beautiful. I’ve got 7, so we’re kindred spirits!

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          7 is Fantastic! What are the age ranges?

    • Jim Martin

      Kevin, thanks these good words regarding Don Miller, his ministry, and this conference.  This sounds very inviting!

  • http://www.teawithtiffany.com/ Tiffany Stuart

    This conference sounds like something I would benefit from. I wish I could go to the one here in a few weeks because I would love to focus in on creating a better story. I’ve felt stuck and foggy in vision for quite a while now. I’ve thought about getting a life coach or a mentor to push past the place I’m in, but that costs money I don’t really have.

    I’m going through a change of life seasons with my 19 year old son moving out in August, along with my daughter becoming more independent in high school. Now I can focus more time on personal goals and dreams.

    My husband sometimes travels to Oregon, so I may have to put a bug in his ear and see what happens. But I see starting in October 2012 Storyline can be done online or from home. That may be my best option.

    Thanks, Michael, for offering a discount code for your readers.

    PS I have really enjoyed your podcasts. Thank you.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Tiffany, what huge life changes you are going through right now!  I’m glad you are putting your mind on writing your new storyline.   You’ll have a much better story because of it!

      • http://www.teawithtiffany.com/ Tiffany Stuart

         Thanks for your encouragement, John. I will take a look at your family story now since I noticed your tagline here.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Tiffany, I’m right there with you. A 20 year who I see less and less often, an 18 year old who already moved out, and a 15 year old who is growing up too fast. This kind of transition makes a mom think!

      • http://www.teawithtiffany.com/ Tiffany Stuart

         Michele, sounds like you know all too well. Busy, busy. I’d love to have coffee or lunch with you someday. :) Not sure how often you travel to the Springs or what your schedule is like over the next few months. Feel free to send me a message on FB or an email.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Coffee with you sounds great, Tiffany. I’m on the road a lot over the next month. But after May I’d love to connect.

  • Jennifer Sienes

    My husband and I were just discussing our future “storyline” yesterday and how we need to think bigger! This sounds like the perfect conference for us.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       If you’re able to attend Jennifer, you won’t regret it!

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I wish I had the opportunity to go to all these great conferences you post about! 

    My church is offering a videocast of the Chick-Fil-A conference in May. I know it’ll be worth the $60, but I’m not sure I can afford it this time.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Right Rob! I get so antsy wanting to go to all of these wonderful conferences only to miss them.

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Rob, I’ve attended the last six Chick-Fil-A Leadercast conferences because it’s one of the best values available.  I always invite others to go with me and they thank me profusely after the event.  You just can’t get that caliber of information anywhere else for anything near that price.   

      I encourage you to make it happen.  Bring your significant other, people you work with, and anyone whom you want to build a relationship with.  It’ll be the best $60 you ever spent.  

      • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

        Since it’s at my church, I asked if I can volunteer at the event and get in for free.

        I’ve been thinking about starting to give plasma for extra income–if this event is so valuable, maybe a large needle wouldn’t be too much trouble for it.

        • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

          I’d go the volunteer route or have a yard sale. Not sure that I would do the large needle. :)

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Learning how to craft a better story out of my life really appeals to me.

    I really wish there was a closer conference as the three that are planned are too far away. But I look forward to the coming years and the time I will be able to attend.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Joe,
      I am with you—I am a huge Donald Miller fan, and I wish there was one out in the DC area. Although Santa Barbara sounds pretty great too. I used to live there, and it would be nice to visit again.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Sounds like you have a great reason to go to the Santa Barbara event (-; 

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    How to inspire the world with your story appeals to me. I believe that’s what I try to do with every post.

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Kimanzi,
      That’s a great goal to remind yourself of before you sit to write! —I want to inspire others to…

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  • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

    I’ve felt REALLY called to go to this, but I’m already going to another conference later that week and have many other valid excuses for why I shouldn’t go. I’ve tried to shrug it off, but then this post comes along. This in-depth look at Storyline made me know I NEED to be there. I just booked it. I’ll be there. Thanks so much for sharing this Mike. 

    I have a feeling this conference is going to be fantastic and maybe even life-changing. 

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Congratulations, Jim, on making the commitment.  You’ll be glad that you did!

      • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

        Thanks John, I think you are totally right. 

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

       Jim,
      That’s AWESOME! You are going to have an amazing time! Please share with us, upon your return, how the conference was and why you think you were called to be there.

      • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

        Will do Barry. I think I’m being called to go because I’m really in a major transition time. I had a nervous breakdown last summer and discovered that I am a writer in the process. I’m now in the process of refining my vision for what this means.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

          Jim,
          That is really exciting! Scary—yes, but really exciting, too! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story, and I am sure that God is going to use that difficult time last summer for “the good.” —It sounds like He already is!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Nice Jim! You’ll have a great time!

      • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

        Thanks Joe. I think so too. Now I need to sell a guitar to pay for that registration fee :) 

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Ouch, that may sting for awhile. But you’ll get more value out of the conference than the guitar was worth. I hope you’ll come back with a new sense of story.

          • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

            Thankfully I have more than one ;) It’s all good. (My tagline says guitar junkie for a reason..haha)

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    Since all of these conferences cost money (and some of them cost BIG money), plus the cost of travel and lodging, it’s really hard for me to justify the cost. My situation is different than many–my blog doesn’t produce any income, I work for a Christian non-profit (i.e. no money!), and we’re trying to get my wife through grad school.

    I guess what I want to know is if there is any quantifiable ROI on conferences. I realize that it may help me be better at my job (unfortunately I work at a place with notoriously few advancement opportunities) or help me in the long run (since I’m young and will eventually have higher paying jobs).

    I guess what I’m asking is how much personal sacrifice are events like this worth making? 

    • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

      Rob,  I totally understand where you are coming from. I don’t make anything from my blog at this time either. To me the ROI is in how the conference inspires you to do great things in the future. You also have the opportunity to make new friends and to network. 

      I do have another coupon code that offers an even lower registration price. Feel free to contact me if you are interested. Thanks.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Jim, you make a great point.

        One of the greatest things you can get from a conference is the chance to network with like minded people. Those that will push and propel you forward.

  • Joy Collins-Brodt

    I have been wanting to go to this for FOREVER. I am bringing as many friends as I can to the one in Santa Barbara since I am considering it a birthday gift to myself. Thank you so much for the $50 discount! It really helps. Now my friends don’t have an excuse not to come. I can’t wait!

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    I love that book!

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  • Fabric8r

    I am new to this conference and Donald Miller, so have a quick question.  I heard God mentioned once or twice in the video, but saw no biblical references, or a Bible in anyone’s hands at the conference. If anyone has attended the Storyline Conference, is it biblical, or worldly psychology, or something else like new age self-help, with few references to God thrown in?  (I’m just trying to be discerning, and see if I should look into it further.)

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Donald believes and follows Jesus and uses the Bible as his foundation. But…he doesn’t fit in the ‘religious’ and ‘church’ context of our culture. At all. 

  • Natalie Joy

    Sounds incredible and applies to right where I am at! My husband and I are (hopefully) on the back side of a major transition, interested in our personal development and the development of others, and wanting to live a bigger more compelling story.  I so wish we had the money to go :( But that is a result of the major transition!

  • http://mydadisaconvict.wordpress.com/ Mydadisaconvict

    This conference sounds perfect! I wish I could go this time around…
    I never thought I was worth enough to consider such big questions for myself, until my world was turned upside down. Sometimes the fall of the pillars in our lives is what springboards us into realizing God has something bigger out there for us. 
    Thanks so much for sharing such an opportunity!

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