I received the following message from a member today. I was startled enough by the question, that in case the thought is going through others' minds, I'd like to address it broadly to the community:
"I see 9 RSVPs. Want to register and get the early bird price but am concerned I'll lose my money if you don't get the numbers you need and you end up cancelling. Am nervous...have registered for events like this in the past and discovered poor attendance and low value for money. Can you reassure me please..."
Notwithstanding a massive natural disaster, BizJam Seattle 08 will not be canceled under any circumstance. For reasons unbeknownst to me, people tend to RSVP at the last minute for these things. The BizJam 07 registration was open for 10 weeks. The RSVPs didn't start pouring in until 7-10 days before the event. Over 200 people were there. It was our first event, things went off without a hitch, and this one's going to be even better!
In a poll taken after BizJam 07, we asked participants to rate the following statement, "I will come to next year's event and encourage others to attend as well." 73.5% strongly agreed. No one strongly disagreed, and only 6% said they somewhat disagreed that they'd attend BizJam 08 or encourage others.
If you're considering this event, I strongly recommend that you take advantage of the Early Bird price before 5/31/08.
And hopefully this will ease your mind. IF BizJam Seattle 08 is canceled, we will refund the tickets sold. No brainer.