Mixing business travel with pleasure

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Don't get me wrong, I (almost) always have fun when traveling for work.  I have friends that do a great job of keeping be busy and planning adventures for the weekends.  Whether it is a trip to Atlanta to shop and dine or a road-trip to Phoenix, there is never a dull moment. 

Most of that fun stuff happens because we are looking for something to do.  But a few months back, I found out a speaker/author that I had wanted to hear would be in Salt Lake City at the same time I was!  I quickly went online and booked two tickets, hoping I could convince someone to tag along.

Frank Warren is the founder of the Post Secret project where people send in secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard.  The simple concept of the project is that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard with a secret that they had never previously revealed.

In addition to his website where about twenty secrets are posted each week, he has compiled secrets for four books.  This tour was for his most recent book, Confessions on Life, Death, & God with a stop at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City.

The concept of Post Secret may seem odd to some, but that aside, I was really excited to see him speak.  I was really nervous about going to this crowded event, and was so glad when a friend agreed to join me.  We got there way early and waited around for about a half hour.  Once we got into the auditorium, we were able to snag seats on the center aisle only a few rows back from the stage.  Before the event started I purchased two copies of his new book, one for me and one as a thank you for my guest.

Frank is a great speaker.  He started out with the music video for All-American Rejects "Dirty Little Secret" which featured Post Secret postcards, then spoke about how he started the project and how the project had impacted his life.

After the presentation, he signed books agreeing to stay until the line was gone. Here's me getting my book signed :)
And my signed coffee table books - now all I need is a coffee table :)

Frank's signature was accompanied by a stamp that says "Free your secrets and become who you are"

It was fun getting to hear Frank speak and to get the chance to check out the University's campus.  If you get the chance, check out Post Secret or one of his books!

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