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Seminar Preparations

In order to help make the seminar you host not only enjoyable and inspirational, but also a success, the following are some guidelines and ideas for you to consider when preparing for the seminar.

To schedule a seminar, to be taught by Grand Master Benko, at your school, be sure to first read the Seminar Requirements. When you are ready to host a seminar by Grand Master Benko, submit the Seminar Request Form.

Some seminars consist of participants from many different schools and number over 200. Other seminars may only have 25 participants. Though everyone who wishes to host a seminar wants it to be a great success they often overlook the key to success preparation.

  1. Make a Seminar Flyer: Gather the information you need from the seminar information provided at this web site under the type of seminar you are hosting. Let them know what they will learn at the seminar. You are going to be hosting a seminar by a Grand Master who is one the best in the world. Print out Grand Master Benko's biography and include part of the information in your flyer. Be sure the date, time, location, cost, and requirements to attend the seminar are on the flyer. Be SURE to mention the seminar is open to ALL Martial Arts styles. You would be surprised how many people may think a seminar is "closed" for only practitioners of a particular style.

  2. Distribute Your Seminar Flyer: Be sure to get your flyer posted everyway you can. In store windows. Most local stores have bulletin boards you and put one on. Go to every college and university in the area and post several at each one. Mail, or hand deliver several to every matial arts school in the area. Personally invite the instructor of the school and let him know what a great opportunity it will be to meet and train with the Grand Master. Try and get each instructor to commit to bringing 5 or 10 students.

  3. Immediately begin getting your students to pre-register for the seminar: It is vital that your own students not miss this opportunity to meet and personally train with the Grand Master. Print the Seminar Registration Form and make enough copies for all of your students to register.

  4. Set a goal for yourself: Don't quit getting students to pre-register until you have met the minimum number of students to host a seminar. When you have the forms filled out and the money in hand you can continue to contact others to register but you will already be on your way to having a successful seminar.

  5. Free Advertising: Worth its weight in gold, you can get free advertising prior to, during and after the seminar. Contact every local newspaper, television and radio station in the area. Be sure to find out who is responsible for covering topics such as, "sports", "community activities", and "human interest". Once you know "who" to talk to you can call and visit this person supply him/her with information related to the seminar, its content and purpose, and most importantly, WHO is coming to conduct the seminar. Give them a copy of the Grand Master's biography. Point out his accomplishments, connections, and awards (such as letters from president's and keys to cities). It is vital they see the importance of the seminar YOU are hosting. This will put your school in the public eye. Often newspapers will send down reporters and a photographer to cover the event. Television stations may have on-site interviews with the Grand Master if they are arranged ahead of time.

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