I can’t believe Elevate 2017 is over.

What a crazy, emotional ride.

#worthit #dragconofinsurance #originalredbullofinsurance

Last week, 305 people left work and family behind, putting faith in a first time conference, run by first time conference planners, with the hope of experiencing something special, an insurance conference unlike any they’d attended before, an Insurance Unconference.

Somehow, either through raw determination and careful planning or simple, dumb luck, it feels like we delivered.

But then again, I’m biased.

So don’t take my word for it, here are 10 thoughts on what made Elevate 2017 a success, directly from attendees social media accounts:

1) Embrace Irreverence

…because our quirks are what make all of us so cool.

1) Let Speakers Own Their Awesomeness

Sometimes that means wearing a hockey jersey and handing out beer during your session:

We’re 100% cool with beer (and hockey).

Sometimes that means making up your own words:

We’re also 100% cool with made up words… fyi.

2) Bring Awesome People Together and Awesome Things Happen

Look at this gaggle of incredible insurance pros sharing ideas and takin’ selfies.

3) Challenge Conventional Thinking

Not everyone appreciated Ted’s message, but everyone was moved by it.

4) Independent Agents Love Gangster Rap (Sneaky)

There were more closet gangster rap fans in the audience than we would have expected. #dragonconofinsurance

When the first speaker rolls up to gangster rap, you know you’re in the right place.

#elevate17

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Everyone needs a little gangster rap in their life.

5) Leave Attendees Excited, Hungover and with a Plan

‘Nough said.

6) World Domination or Bust

Tracy Cotton gets the award for best #elevate17 tweeter.

7) Let Your Power Hitters Swing Away

Most insurance carriers would NOT have been as transparent as Travelers Insurance was… and we LOVED it!

If Ted Devine, the CEO of Insureon, wants to share his vision of what an insurance agency can be, you say yes!

8) Love Shameless Plugs

When the CEO and president of the largest insurance trade organization in the world gives your company a shout out you gladly respond, “Thank you, sir! May I have another?”

9) Lots and Lots of Selfies

The future of independent agents includes lots of selfies…

Lots of selfies…

…and lots of selfies.

More selfies.

And one more for good measure.

10) Start Your Conference with 47 Star Wars Gifs

If you want to put on an insanely good conference, you may just have to be a little insane:

Thank you for accepting me and the entire Agency Nation crew for our classically skewed version of reality.

The Rub

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

We are humbled and honored and overwhelmed and just so ridiculously happy to have spent three incredible days with the most amazing insurance professionals in the business.

I leave you with this…

Yours in insurance,

Ryan Hanley

P.S. Click here to get on the waiting list for Elevate 2018.

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