How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

While promoting free seminars can be good for creating awareness and traffic, it’s even better if you can get paid for it. Here is an example of how I got a local non-profit to sponsor a COBRA-Defense Children’s Abduction Prevention (CAP) seminar that I taught at James Theros’ Level 10 Martial Arts in Palm Harbor, FL.

I’m not including the names of the contact and non-profit.

Five days out from the seminar, I received a letter in the mail from a local non-profit organization. I went to their website and submitted this email on Monday for a Saturday seminar. 

Email 1- From Me to Them

Subject: Letter from JSP re: Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Hi Mike,

I received a letter today from you guys with an insert for the Non-Profit. That is commendable. 

I am looking for an organization that would partner with me to teach families how to deal with bullies and how to prevent child abduction.

The idea is simple. 

  1. I set a date for a 2 hour Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop seminar. 
  2. The company agrees to purchase 50 tickets @$20 each. The company and I promote the event to our platforms. I also promote it to the Tampa Bay media. 

For $1,000, the company enjoys the goodwill of providing invaluable training for Tampa Bay families and whatever additional business the exposure brings.

I am teaching one this Saturday at 9am in Palm Harbor. If you’d like to bring your family, just let me know. You can find out about the event here. 

Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Thanks,

 John Graden

Executive Director

USASelfDefense.com

Email 2-Their response

Hi John,

The Non-Profit is fund raising to assist the less fortunate in our community such as house repairs, providing food, hygiene products to the homeless and so forth. Your endeavor is also commendable. At this time we would like to donate funds for 5 tickets hoping this will help you reach your goal. If you know of anyone who may need our services please send them our way and also if you know of people that would like to donate to our cause have them reach out to me.

Email 3-My response

Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 11:00 AM

To: Michael T

Subject: RE: Letter from JSP re: Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Good morning Mike,

Thanks so much for your response and donation. I think I know the perfect family for your 5 ticket donation.

I can also help with the Non-Profit with social media, press releases, etc…

Email 4-Their response

Hi John,

I just talked to my partner and we will go 10 tickets now, let me know how to get you the funds. Credit Non-Profit and thanks for any media coverage.

The week after the event, they sent me a check for $290. Not bad for a couple of emails.

This kind of sponsorship really has no limits in size or scope. Have you had events sponsored? Would you like to learn more about this? Just comment below.

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Hollywood is Calling!

Hollywood is Calling!

I received an email last week that will be of great interest to you and/or your students. The casting agent at Sarah Finn Casting in Los Angeles is looking to cast a young male in a martial arts oriented role.

Their past castings include, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Jungle Book, Crash, Dora the Explorer, and Fast & Furious.

Here is the letter:

“Hi Mr. Graden,
I am writing to you because we are currently in the casting process for one of our upcoming big budget feature films and would love your help.

We are seeking young (age 7-12) males of Chinese descent who are trained in Martial Arts and have, if possible (though not necessary), some acting experience. Do you know of any talented martial artists who would be interested in this opportunity?”

To submit, please email written responses to the information below, along with a current photo of your child, with the subject “STUDIO FEATURE FILM” to submissions@sarahfinnco.com

WE ARE FILMING JANUARY 2020 – MAY 2020

1) Name, height, and age
2) Your availability & location (just city/state – you don’t need to tell us your address!)
3) Any information you’d like to share about your background
4) Level of Mandarin fluency, both speaking and understanding (i.e. fluent, conversational, basic, etc..)
5) Details of your martial arts experience (i.e. how many years, what type of training/areas of expertise)
6) Do you have any acting experience? (School plays, local theater, commercials, etc)
7) Anything else about yourself you’d like to share

Please feel free to also send us any reference video footage that you have (martial arts/acting) – we would like to see as much as you’re willing to share!

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

Live demo from COBRA-Defense Real Estate Agent Safety Seminar by Chris Sutton

Here is a live demonstration of the realities of using a gun for self-defense. NOTE: The entire Real Estate Safety Seminar is available in the MATA Store.

We see tons of security video showing someone being robbed or violently attacked.

While a self-defense expert may have some tactical comments, the knee-jerk response post from untrained people is something like, “That’s why I carry a Glock!”

I have never shot a gun*, so I have no business teaching someone how to use one. So, while I may be a white belt in gun use, Chris Sutton of COBRA-Defense is a 10th-degree black belt in firearms.

Not only does he spend hours a month in a gun range he is a highly trained former street cop, county sheriff, and maximum security prison guard.

He has arrived on many crime scenes where the use or attempted use of a gun did not go down as smooth as a scene from a John Wick movie.

In this demonstration, he illustrates the serious challenges of relying on a firearm for self-defense.

In this demonstration, Chris Sutton illustrates the serious challenges of relying on a firearm for self-defense. Click To Tweet

NOTE: No demo in the COBRA-Defense system is EVER rehearsed. We always pull a stranger from the audience/class and see how things play out naturally rather than a fake fight and fake responses.

Also, notice Chris is not using any special physical skills. 90% of the COBRA curriculum are mental strategies, understanding, and planning. The other 10% are skills you have to use if your prevention measures are breached.

What do you think? Please share and comment.

* Maybe that’s why my new book is titled, Unarmed and Dangerous.

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