What’s Your Big Idea?

A new format with more ideas than ever before, a new venue and an opportunity to attend the Ryder Cup at Medinah, too!

Sunday, September 30th – Tuesday, October 2nd
Cog Hill G. & C.C. Lemont, IL

Registration Opens Early June

This year's Instructor Summit features an exciting new format that will allow for more ideas to be shared than ever before. Borrowing a concept from the extraordinarily successful TED Talks (Check it out at www.TED.com) we will include many more presentations and speakers than at past summits, but each speaker will be limited to 18 minutes to present their "big idea."

These "big ideas" can be about any topic related to growing a teaching business or improving teaching skills. The final line-up will be a mixture of both. There will not be a Q&A with each presentation, but there will be a Q&A at the end of each morning session featuring that morning's presenters.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Its mission: Spreading ideas. TED's founders believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. So they're building a clearinghouse that offers knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with these ideas and each other.

That is precisely what GBN's Instructor Division is all about, too. We're tapping into the power of the entire membership's collective ideas and using them to engage and inspire you to elevate your career.

The key is to focus on one Big Idea. The only two rules are: 1.) It must be of benefit to your fellow teachers. 2.) It must be presented in 18 minutes or less.

We already have quite a few ideas that we're discussing with various members and we want more ideas from you to make this the most valuable gathering of top instructors ever. To have your presentation idea considered, all you need to do is email me at loringolf@mac.com and tell me what's your Big Idea for this year's summit.

Some topics we're considering for the program include:
  • Creating the perfect student lesson experience
  • Time Management Secrets for Instructors
  • Making Money When You're Not on the Lesson Tee
  • The Truth About Long Term Player Development
  • The Language of Golf Instruction: Why it Matters
  • How to Sell Golf Instruction
  • The Role of On Course Statistics in Teaching
  • Going International: Opportunities to Grow Your Business Overseas
  • Why You Must Teach a Method
  • Woman Friendly Businesses Have an Advantage
  • How Great Instruction Programs Can Save a Golf Facility
  • Do You Need Your Own App?
  • Is it Time to Dump the Laptop and Use a Tablet?

These are just ideas we're brainstorming right now and if you feel strongly about any of the above, please feel free to throw your name in the hat to present it. If you have other ideas, we'll add them to our master list for consideration on the final agenda. The deadline for ideas is Friday, June 1st.

See you in Chicago.

-Lorin Anderson