Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Talk - Going Solo

I'm working on a new talk for Bar Camp Nashville and have never had so much fun putting together a presentation. The title of my talk is, "Going Solo - How to Train Your Wookiee" and am going with a Star Wars theme. Here's what I've got so far:

Description: When you started you were but the learner, now you are the master. You can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, but you're getting tired of Greedo and Jabba demanding a cut. If you dream of being your own man, join us in discussing how to choose and outfit your ship to embark on the quest for freedom.

  • Opening Introduction - "I'm Gaines Kergosien, I'm here to rescue you."
  • Getting Rich - “Wealth...more than you can imagine.”, “I don’t know. I can imagine quite a bit.”
  • Possible Pitfalls - "I've got a bad feeling about this."
  • You Can Do It - "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
  • Marketing Yourself - "The Force is strong with this one."
  • Creating a Company - "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"
  • Contractor Agreements - "Let’s just say we’d like to avoid any imperial entanglements."
  • Managing Finances - "Into the garbage chute, flyboy!"
  • Paying Taxes - "The Phantom Menace"
  • Tax Deductions - "These aren't the taxes you're looking for."
  • Working Remotely - "You're all clear, kid! Now lets blow this thing and go home!"
  • Subcontractors - "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope."

Special thanks to Scott Walters and Philip Wilson for helping brainstorm ideas for the talk.

The schedule has been finalized and we'll be in the Cadillac Ranch Poker room at 3:45pm on October 20th.

Here's a quick preview of a few title slides from the presentation:

We'll be streaming live at


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