It all started....
.....in 2015, while watching another Real Men Real Style video by Antonio Centeno, he kept talking about this StyleCon thing and how I needed to be there. I watched the recap video of the past conferences and thought 'eh, I don't know, never been to one of these before" so the excuse road blocks came up almost immediately. But in an attempt to challenge myself to be a better person, I bought my ticket last min in 2016 and headed to Atlanta,Georgia where it's held. I was thinking "what the heck, why not go and see what it's about? At the very least I'll meet Antonio, Aaron from I Am Alpha M, Jose Zuniga from Teaching Men's Fashion since I consumed so much of their content at the time.
Just a little background.
Before I continue I must say that I was born with a speech impediment and my stutter has been the bane of my existence. This was also part of the reason to challenge myself and mix and mingle with strangers, forcing me out of my comfort zone and start socializing. So with that as a background, there I was StyleCon 2016!
It keeps getting bigger.
Even though "style" is in the name, Stylecon has becoming a lot more than style, which is why the founders Aaron and Antonio decided to change the name to Menfluential for 2018. Now it includes business and personal development, in fact, at Stylecon 2017 there was only one speaker on style. Business cards are exchanged, hand shakes and hugs all over the place, wisdom is imparted, selfies, group pictures, videos, all meshed together in an atmosphere of positivity and good energy. Can this be compared to another Tony Robbins-esque conference where you go for a weekend, walk over hot coal, get pumped and motivated only to come home and fall back in to the same old rut: money, time and energy wasted? Well, I've been to similar conferences and yes there is that possibility to come back on an emotional high and get smacked in the face by your reality back home. But I've come to realize that that reality, those obstacles waiting for you back home that may stop or at best slow your progress as a person/business, are there to see how bad you really want it because if you do, you'll find a way around or over it( the ant mentality, they always go over or find another way around what's blocking their path). The speakers go past theory and give practical advice because that's what they did to build their personal brands and businesses and THE BEST PART is after their presentation, you can pull them aside and have a one on one about your brand/business, something I never experienced in any other conference. Stylecon is such a small intimate event (roughly 300 attendees at Stylecon 2017), everyone is accessible and even though a lot of these guys are online personalities, a respect for personal space is given while being easy to approach for a chat or selfie.
In conclusion, if you're on the fence I get it, I was just like you. If you are serious about makinga life/business change then you have nothing to lose. The relationships you form alone are worth the trip, let alone every thing you'll get in the two day period. Great people, great energy, great opportunity to take your business/personal life to the next level. I put together a short raw and uncut documentary of my journey to Stylecon 2017 just to give you a glimpse of what it's all about.