louisville kyDay 6 | July 31st

As Dave works at one of the local TV stations, Dana contacted the morning show producer and was able to secure me a guest spot on WDRB in the Morning.  Sadly the video was taken offline before I could record it, but they did leave up a good online article; The Contest Queen Shares Her Secrets to Winning on Social Media.

As I had contacted all the local media before I left, I was also a guest on Great Day Live.  Thankfully the stations were close together because the interviews were back to back.  When we arrived at WHAS 11 from WDRB 41, no sooner did we get to the green room; I was whisked off, miked up and plunked on set!

Then it was off for a classic Louisville breakfast.  Dana took me to Wagner’s.  It’s been around since 1922 and even though Dana has lived in Louisville her whole life, she had never been.  It was a wonderful treat for the both of us.
As funds were tight on this tour, Dana took me on a rudimentary city tour.  We stopped at Churchill Downs, the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum and WHY Louisville along with driving through some amazing local neighbourhoods including the Original Highlands and Newburg.

Churchill Downs

Louisville Slugger  Colonel Sanders


Afterwards we went back to Dana’s to get organized for that evening’s workshop.

Erin, owner of Smokey’s Bean stayed open just for the workshop.  Even though I had two television appearances that morning no additional people decided to attend, so we only had the pre-registrants.  It was nice having such a small group as I was able to give personal attention to each attendee.  It felt more like a club meeting than a workshop.

Smokey`s Bean

Day 7 | August 1st

I got up early as I had a long drive to my next stop.  As I had always wanted to see Nashville TN I made a pit stop in town and took a quick tour of Broadway.  I am a closet country girl and would have fit right in with my boots and hat.  Sadly, they were at home.  It sure would have been fun to visit on a Saturday night.

As it was now well after noon I found myself very hungry.  I got back on the highway and just out of town, in Brentwood TN, I stopped at Chipotles for lunch.  Afterwards I went into Starbucks to get a bit of work done, and had a hot tea.  (It was at this point in the trip I found myself far enough south I had to start asking for hot tea vs. sweet tea.)

Even thought parts of Kentucky and Tennessee are in in the Central Timezone, I did not gain an hour until I got almost all the way to Alabama.  This was my only stop not staying with sweeping buddies, but with a family friend in Guntersville AL.

Mark took me out to Cracker Barrel for dinner and we spent the evening catching up.  Even though everyone is now connected via email, Facebook, text, Skype, etc. there is nothing like having a face-to-face conversation sharing what ups and downs the past year has brought into one’s life.

crw 0613 headshotCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Sweepstakes Management Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.