Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

What I Learned At The Tribe Conference


I’m almost two weeks late with this post, so forgive me for my untimely blogging.

I attended Jeff Goins’ Tribe Conference in Franklin, TN. This was especially great for me, because I live in Franklin. In fact, it took me about 5 minutes to get to the venue every day, so I was thrilled!

I met a lot of other writers at this conference, some who had traveled all the way from Scotland! It was pretty cool to meet so many interesting people, hear their stories and what they were doing as writers, bloggers and entrepreneurs.

But that wasn’t the best part!

The best part was all of the fantastic speakers Jeff invited to teach us all what they know. There were really too many to blog about here, so I’m going to touch on the few who made the biggest impact for me personally.


Asha Dornfest

Asha is the author of several books, most notably “Parent Hacks.” Asha’s message was “There’s always room at the table.” Another way she said it was this: It has all been said before, but not by you.

I love that! What has been holding you back? What has been keeping you from pursuing the life you want to live? Fear that what you want to do has already been done? Fear that there’s no more room for you at the table of life?

Cut. It. Out.

There’s always room! People are unique and they have unique messages even if they’re in the same category. You have something worth saying or doing that’s unique to YOU. Do it!


Carlos Whittaker

This guy was hilarious and spoke about how his life went viral when a video of his family went viral. Check out his website. Have you seen this?

He spoke about making moments and living on purpose. One takeaway from his talk was this: Never underestimate God and what He can do for you. He can take a simple video or blog post or event in your life and make greatness from it.



Marsha Shandur

One word on Marsha —>>> HILARIOUS!

She informed us through laughter and it made the lesson and her memorable!

Takeaway from her talk: Networking is not a one-night stand. It’s a long-term relationship.

You can find out more about Marsha Shandur at YesYesMarsha.


Shawn Coyne

Shawn Coyne is an editor who developed Story Grid. As a writer who misses the critique partner I had 20 years ago and doesn’t have $3,000 to shell out for a freelance editor to edit my books before submission, Story Grid is a life-saver! If you are a writer, I strongly suggest you pick up this book and listen to the podcasts!


Carrie Wilkerson

Carrie is known as the Barefoot Executive. She gave us a no-nonsense talk about Perspective, Permission and Pursuit.

In short, it’s not enough to have the right perspective about your life. It’s not enough to tell yourself you have permission to have the life you want. You must PURSUE that life by taking action.

Takeaway from Carrie’s talk: Procrastination is FEAR. Be fearless!

And finally …


Chris Ducker

I had no clue who Chris Ducker was prior to attending this conference, but I do now! Wow! What a powerhouse of energy and accomplishment!

Takeaway from Chris’ talk: Entrepreneurs are problem solvers, nothing more.

If you are an entrepreneur, or want to be an entrepreneur, then you need to follow Chris and check out his website YouPreneur.

This was a fantastic conference for writers. I highly recommend you mark your calendar for next year and attend!

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