Monday, February 27, 2006

hope you're enjoying our new website –

Just wanted to make sure you're checking one of the pages often.

This is where we put those no-cost bonuses for you!
Free downloadable eBooks and most recently – a free Teleseminar!

That's right – not even the long distance charges.

It won't be there long – hope you catch it in time!

Then again – there's probably be something else really cool in it's place.

Take care and I'll talk to you again soon.

Are you excited about your business for 2006?

At Small Seminars we are extremely excited to introduce you to the new and improved website.

You will find information about all the upcoming events/seminars being held at the world famous Shawnigan Shores B&B Retreat on the shores of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Our eBay Cruise was sold out for February 5-12, we look forward to meeting you in person on the cruise.

You can get a special deal on the DVD of the "eBay cruise seminar" if you act fast by going here now.

If you didn't reserve your spot on the cruise you can find all the information about upcoming ebay courses being taught at click on "Events".

You can also get info about the eBay courses at
Classes starting soon!

The eBay seminars are being taught by former eBay University Professor David White...beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes are available.
View and listen to messages from former Small Seminars attendees here


Elly and The Small Seminars team

P.S. To learn how YOU can attend a seminar at Small Seminars "FREE"

Sunday, February 26, 2006

You are listening to the recording of a teleseminar from
Thursday February 23, 2005.

Elly Ruge interviews ebay experts David White and Tim Knox.

Tim was one of the speakers on our ebay cruise and David will be
teaching eBay 101, 202 and 303 at in March.

Listen to the call now and tell your friends.

There is a great offer for you to save on the upcoming ebay seminars
so listen closely.

You can play, pause, stop rewind and fastforward the audio with the

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hi, I just got back from an ebay cruise in the gorgeous Caribbean. This ebay cruise had 3 trainers talking about ebay selling and ebay buying. It was fabulous! was filming the 7 day event and will then produce and offer DVDs online. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel to Montego Bay to Caymans to Princess Cayes. What a great way to relax and learn all about ebay and then take it all home and put it to good use.
See you in March at for more ebay courses.

Friday, February 17, 2006

I don't know why everyone gets so excited about Small Seminars.
I found it all really annoying!
They kept on sitting on my chairs and my people barely had any time for me!
Oh well - the leftovers were pretty good... guess I'll stick around for a little while longer.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Okay - so for me - It's all about the food! Here's Chef Christopher laying out an incredible appetizer... It was amazing... different, delectable, delights daily !

Yes - I learned alot... great networking...loved the spa services but I keep thinking about lunch!

See you at the next Seminar! - Laila

Monday, November 14, 2005

*PICTURE: "some" assembly may be required

There’s no manual for success, no recipes for wealth.

There are no directions that will surely guide you to your goals.

We know attaining success and wealth are possible; others have done it. And you may have even done it yourself. Many have written books, created videos, classes, etc…in hopes of creating a formula for success that anyone can follow. Go through steps 1 to 12 and you’ll be rich.

If only life was that easy. The problem is we are all individuals. We’re all unique. And thus our experiences and ultimately our results will be as varied as ourselves.

This doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t look for help. You can’t buy a general recipe for success, so save your money and time. But there are alternatives. My brainstorming sessions (, combines attendees and experts together one-on-one to create individual flight plans for whatever your goals may be. Is success guaranteed; no. Do the results depend largely on you; yes. But again, in my mind this may be as close at it will ever get to that magic recipe for success.

I ended my last post saying “it’s the journey that counts”. And I just wanted to keep going a little with this. If it’s the journey that counts…would you want a recipe for success if one were to exist?

You just bought a new BBQ. Only thing is these days, BBQs come in a shoe sized boxes, disassembled in roughly 1 million pieces. And although now that it’s almost impossible to put them together without the instructions, some people still try. Why is that? Pride, ego, alcohol, illiteracy or a powerful combination of all four? Maybe, but I think some people still love doing things themselves. It’s that satisfaction of accomplishing your goals, yourself.

With that said, would you want this magic recipe or formula? Please let me know…

Would you be just as happy reaching these goals?

Or would you be like the majority of lottery winners.... given their wealth and broke in a few years?

Let's hear some thoughts...

O..and think of as that friend (the handy one) who helps you put your new BBQ together.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Success or failure. Rich or broke. Healthy or sick.

No matter our condition, we always want more. We must improve this, attain more of that. Seldom (want to say never), are people content with not only what they have, but who they are.

My husband wrote a quote book ( so I should remember this, although I don’t, but someone said “life is nothing more than a struggle for improvement”. On some levels I agree. It’s in our nature; it’s who we are, and it’s what brought us to the top of the evolutionary ladder.

But the quest to better ourselves doesn’t have to be filled with negative altercations and struggle. Some say our society dictates that we must act and look a certain way. Achieve specific goals. Perhaps this is the answer or part of it that explains why so many people focus on goals that don’t really belong to them. With that notion, although success is possible, the journey is hazardous mentally, emotionally and physically. Even worse, the end results are never satisfactory for long.

Life has taught me there are different paths to different goals. Some may even take a lifetime to achieve, if at all. This is my focus; not the end, but the journey.

If our lives are spent ambitiously seeking goals, we’d better make absolutely sure of 2 things. First that our goals are truly worth pursuing. These must be OUR goals; what as individuals we really want, not what we’ve been told we need. And second, that we at least try and have a good time getting there.

I can’t help with the first part. Look within yourself, be true and you‘ll figure it out. With the second one however, I have some advice. Within reason, chances are others have had the same or very similar goals as you. Furthermore surely some have succeeded. Look to those people. Study their efforts. Replicate their triumphs and avoid their pitfalls. They’ve made their mistakes so you don’t have to. Use their roadmap to make your journey clearer and improve the means to your goals.

I’ve tried to live by this philosophy for the past 20 or so years of my life and will continue. Almost as far back did it occur to me that sharing my “secret” with others would make everyone feel and live healthier. Only now have I really acted on it. I decided to create Small Seminars (

Small Seminars brings experts and success stories together with people who share their same dreams. Our applicants are pre-qualified to make sure they are truly dedicated, passionate and focused on their ambitions. Only the few who are (hence the name Small Seminars) are welcomed and learn one-on-one from those who have been in their shoes before and crossed the finish line.

However, I know there are so many people out there deserving to attend, who for whatever reason cannot. This is the reason I started this blog. I want people to share their success stories, and even their failures. I want people to ask for advice and people to share their wisdom. Whatever your dreams may be, small or large, somebody out there may be able to help. Ask here, and the answers may come.

And remember, it’s the journey that counts. So choose yours wisely.

To your success!