I'm spending a good portion of each day now getting ready for the big IOD conference that is only a few weeks away! I guess I should book my flight soon!
One of the things that I am doing this year is arranging for authors, speakers, or entertainment to sign either their books or CDs. Make sure you bring a bit of spending money, as I'm sure you'll be very interested in buying at least one book or CD, either for yourself, or as a gift for someone special to you.
The one I'm most excited about is the children's inspirational book by Devon Harris, the Jamaican bobsled Olympian. I haven't yet met Devon, but I've been told that not only is he talented and good looking, but he is a super nice person as well. I've arranged to have Devon available to sign his book on two separate days. Here is a link to Devon's site: http://www.devonharrislive.com/.
Gladys Knight will be performing at the conference, but is not available to sign her CD.... unfortunately. She is required to travel immediately after the show for another event. Her CD, however, will still be available for sale at the conference.
There are two other entertainers who will be selling their CDs. I've never heard of either of them, but in doing my research, I'm sure they will be amazing shows and the CDs will be worth buying. The bands are Toxic Audio and Hampton String Quartet. Toxic Audio (http://www.toxicaudio.com) is an acapella band that borders on comedy. There may be room for audience participation too, but I'm not sure. The Hampton String Quartet (http://monalisarecords.com/basic/details/takeNoPrisonersCDDetail.html) play classical rock music such as Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who, and more.
Michael Eisner has agreed to sign copies of his latest book called "camp". It is a book about his personal experiences as a child at a camp in Vermont that shaped Michael's life and allowed him to be the success that he is.
Beyond the "big" names, we also have some lesser known, but equally important authors available to sign their latest creations: Paul Zikopoulos, Chris Eaton, Leon Katsnelson, Chris Stakutis, and John Todor.
The bookstore at the conference will have these and many more books available for sale at excellent prices. I hope you are able to take advantage of some of these deals, and most importantly, the rare opportunity to get a celebrity to sign their work.