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Lynne Leahy
Entrepreneur and Business Consultant bringing Business and Spirituality together
Entrepreneur and Business Consultant bringing Business and Spirituality together

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What was the thinking behind TED’s 18-minute-session format?

McCartney:  Eighteen minutes is not the session length, but the length of most presentations. Sessions last one hour and 45 minutes, and presentations within the sessions are not all 18 minutes long, although most are. Some are [as short as] three minutes. It really depends on what the idea is about and how long is required to tell the story. That’s the driver of the time allocation.  

What ideas do you have about innovative meeting design and room sets? What is the process for rethinking or creating fresh spaces for attendee interaction each year?

McCartney:  [We’ve held the last two TED conferences at] the Vancouver Convention Centre. We didn’t have a theater we could use in the center, so we created one [in 2014]. Lots of press has covered that theater, as it’s absolutely beautiful and purpose-built. It has unique seating in that there are about 12 different types of chairs, meaning that attendees can choose the way that they want to watch the conference and take advantage of the choices. That’s part of it.  

Then we simulcast the presentations in viewing lounges. Steelcase, our partner, provides furniture for these lounges. Together we collaborate on simulcast seating that’s outside of the theater. It’s like sitting in a living room — comfortable, [with] cozy furniture.  Attendees have screens in front of them and get to watch with other people. They can talk while the presentations are going on and use their laptops. In the theater, discussions, laptops, and cellphones are not allowed, because the idea is that [everyone’s] complete attention should be on the stage. So we provide a choice for how people want to watch the presentations. Our goal is comfort for every single attendee.

What is your biggest challenge as you shape the meeting logistics?

McCartney:  Our company, Procreative Design Works, has been at this since 2002. We produced the first conference under Chris Anderson’s ownership in 2003. We joined him then and have been producing the conferences ever since. It gets easier because we’re so familiar with the requirements. The challenge, of course, is coming up with new and creative ideas all the time and keeping things fresh. But overall, the logistical component in many ways has gotten easier because of our experience, commitment, and understanding of the audience.  We work very hard at this. 

What lessons can meeting professionals learn from TED to make the events they oversee extraordinary in the eyes of the attendees?

McCartney:  I think it’s essential to make conferences and events simple. Simple for an attendee to get to, arrive at, and participate in. Comfort is key — comfortable in their surroundings and with what’s going on at the conference.

Attendees also want to be excited about what they’re seeing and by the community of which they’re a part. They want to trust that the producers have taken care of all the details. We make it simple for attendees, so that they don’t have to do much more than to absorb and connect. 

And it’s so important to have the right facilities and venues that are going to usher that whole process well. And then, of course, regarding the programming, it’s necessary to think through every second for the attendees, so that they really don’t have to think too much when they’re there — except [about] the ideas. The communication about every single detail has to be well thought through also.  

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This is my weekend gift to all my Fearless Vision Project followers and delight.

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Learn to prioritize - Get your life in order - Keep from falling into the fear pit.

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It's Friday - What do woman want?

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“We must magnetize our minds with intense desire for riches. We must become money conscious until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.” - Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, 1937

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Free at last - print this picture and put into your Fearless Vision Project workbook. I see you as a non-smoker. 

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Do you want to get your goals in order? Set priorities for your life? As Steve Jobs illustrated for us "life is short". Are you doing what you want? Get a FREE PDF copy of the Fearless Vision Project workbook and join others who are part of this amazing collective consciousness. 
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Learn to be a Visionary.
From the desk of Lynne Leahy, Fearless Vision Project.
Fearless Vision Project Email Newsletter June 10, 2014

How can you focus on Fearless Vision Project and take simple action steps to become a successful visionary in your own life?

In my career I hardly had time to read all the fabulous self-help, career building books. They came out at about 200,000-300,000 a year – that’s over 500 books a day. If I took the time to read all of them and even if I was a speed reader – I wouldn’t have any time to make a living or to fulfill any of my dreams. And when it comes to the discussion of metaphysics, God and quantum physics – it takes someone much more intellectually inclined than me.

I needed some shortcuts. I had no doubt that all these motivational and spiritual principles and programs worked but I needed immediate evidence. So I began my own “test lab”.

I learned that what we focus on and emotionalize often, is what we will attract. This is good news and it is simple enough that I can understand and I can actually experiment. So can you.

As soon as I did the simple work that is outlined in the Fearless Vision Project the evidence started piling up with a bang!

The more clearly focused we are on exactly what we want, the easier and faster we’ll manifest everything we need to make it a physical reality.

When I decided to publish the Fearless Vision Project in a workbook last year I had many options but what I had proved to myself and others – the actual physical pictures in our paper vision books hook into some super-power in the brain and heart so that what we see is what actually gets created. And the act of actually creating the physical copy of the visions is more powerful and focused than any electronic version.

The Fearless Vision Project was created to “get you to the good stuff fast”.

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It's Monday - Statrt Visioning whatever you wish for. 
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