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Update on the World Domination Summit… You’re Coming, Right?

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Last week I went down to the Portland Art Museum again, and this time I took along the World Domination Action Team with me.

I normally do most of my project planning on my own, but for a project of this scale, I knew I needed to get some help—so this project is co-led with J.D., Tsilli, Robert, Tammy, Sean, Tyler, and Jolie. (I’ll introduce them more later.)

You may recall that we’re hosting a global gathering next June in Portland. Eight months away, we’re well over halfway sold out, with 240 people registered from 15 countries. It’s like the United Nations, but right here in Portland and so much more fun.

As we met with the museum staff last week, the team and I did a walkthrough of the spaces and asked all the relevant questions.

The DJ can play until 11pm on Friday night, right?

When we say we need WiFi, you know we need it for 400+ people, right?

Theoretically, if someone wanted to bring a large RV and park it on the museum steps, where should they do that?

We are planning the most amazing weekend event in the history of meetups. I know the summit isn’t something that everyone cares about, but for those who are interested, remember the Amelia Earhart quote: “When a great adventure is offered, you don’t refuse it.”

This is going to be a great adventure, and I don’t want anyone who’s thinking about making the trip to miss out.

“I’m Coming to Portland in June”

On tour this fall, I’ve heard from a lot of people in each city who say “I’m coming to the summit next June!” And then I say, “That’s great! Have you registered yet?” And often they say, “Nope, not yet.”

Hmmmm. I always say, that’s great that you’re coming… but you need to register soon, because it really is going to fill up months in advance (probably a lot of months).

There’s no pressure, of course, and I know that most of the people who read AONC won’t be able to come to the gig. But I also don’t want anyone to be disappointed when we close down the registration, which will be sooner rather than later.

Also, my math is not good. In the initial capacity count I forgot to include the team (sorry, team) and the speakers (sorry, speakers). So instead of 240 people on the confirmed list so far, we have at least 270. I still have 22 stops on the book tour where I’m inviting people, so I don’t want it to sell out right away… but it will sell out.

One of the questions we have been struggling with is whether we should expand the event even further. At the museum we talked about changing rooms to make a few things easier, but aside from that, I’m thinking probably not—no more scaling for now. I know, I know; I like to scale everything. But putting on this event is already a huge undertaking, and I want to make sure we do it absolutely right.

Most conferences are still selling tickets on the day of the event. You have my word that we won’t do that. Most conferences cost $500+ just for admission. The WDS is 40% less and includes awesomeness at no extra charge. In addition to the great speakers and workshops, it’s also going to be a lot of fun. We’re adding an optional mountain-climbing day on the Monday after the summit and a (very unofficial) skydiving experience a day or two later.

If you haven’t signed up already, you can join us here. And either way, be sure you check out the profiles of other people who are coming. It’s going to be amazing!

Are you coming? I hope to see you there.

As for me, I’m back out on the road this week—to Boise, Salt Lake City, Missoula, Denver, and Cheyenne. Details and venues here.

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28 Comments

  • Gillian says:

    We’re coming…and we’re excited. It’ll be our first conference ever and I’m somewhat worried that no other conference will ever compare! See you then.

  • …”YOU’RE COMING, RIGHT?”

    You bet

    Never been to Portland, but after this, you will put it on the map! woot~

  • Tyler says:

    “I’m staying in Portland in June!”

    I dare anyone to find another conference that (very unofficially) includes mountains and parachutes.

  • DK says:

    Just registered my place and will be there (all the way from Wales, UK) – definitely with you on keep things at a smaller scale… you can always go massive next year 😉

    Looking forward to it and adding some celtic flavour to proceedings…

  • Chris says:

    Thanks everyone! Looking forward to having you all – about 10 more people just registered in the past half-hour. 🙂

  • I wouldn’t miss this for the world! And yes Tyler, the mountain climbing and skydiving is just icing on the already awesome cake. 🙂

  • Cheryl says:

    Definitely want to be there – decided when you first announced it.

    Been trying to register for a few days and the Paypal link on the site is just not co-operating. I’m getting making weird suggestions about testing my bank account by depositing small amounts into it in the next few days – instead of processing my payment and confirming my registration ?!!!! I want to register now !

  • Michelle says:

    I believe I registered within the first couple of days. It was a no-brainer. This tops my list for 2011 adventures-in-waiting. Keep it smaller and intimate, Chris! I’ll scale that mountain but will graciously leave the skydiving to the uber-adrenaline junkies. 🙂

  • Devin says:

    I have gone to networking, workshop things for work in the past. And after having sat in numerous rooms with people with glazed over expressions staring at the speaker, I know the the event increases the popularity for the speakers and makes money for the promoters. However, I have to ask if there is something about the design and ideology about this event making it different for the visitor? Personally, I have not had success with this sort of event. I also know this type of event just might not be my thing.

  • Chris says:

    Well, hopefully no one’s eyes will glaze over at the WDS… although on the brewery tour, that’s certainly possible.

    We’re making it as fun and interactive as we can. My advice to anyone who is on the fence would be to read the writeup on the site and then see if it resonates. If yes, sign up. If not, no worries.

  • Ken S says:

    Since I live in the Coast range outside PDX, I guess I have no excuse. I think this is very cool. Will there be camping sites within the museum? I think it would be fun to camp beneath a mobile or maybe a famous painting. And don’t worry bout the registrations. They tend to pile on the closer it gets to the event.

  • Chris says:

    I forget to ask about urban camping! (Though I guess the answer would be no.)

    As for registration, I’m worried about the opposite of what you said – we won’t have registration closer to the event, so I don’t want people to be disappointed as the time gets closer.

  • tim kovar says:

    Post WDS event- Technical Tree Climbing Experience near Portland for AONC tribal members. Hang out with some shady characters while nurturing that nut within. Anyone open for a high time? If interested, lets make this happen on my farm just south of Portland.

  • I’m coming AND I’m registered. I already can’t wait! Except that, umm, apparently I have to. 🙂

  • Kimboosan says:

    Oh, I wish I could! Being on unemployment right now kind of cramps my financial wish-list, though. I’m still enjoying reading about the excitement, and who knows how things might change. I’m optimistic!

  • Baker says:

    “Theoretically, if someone wanted to bring a large RV and park it on the museum steps, where should they do that?”

    Rofl, wish I could have been there for the look after that question… Haha.

  • I can’t come either, but I’m looking forward to hearing about it!

  • Yep, I registered the day you opened it up. I’m soooooo looking forward to it!

  • Elsie Hart says:

    Registered last month. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It will be my first proper adventure. I’m excited!

  • Maggie says:

    Yep, I’m still coming………this is an adventure I can’t miss!

  • Trever Clark says:

    I would SO love to come. Money is tight at the moment though, and I just can’t say yet whether it’ll be possible. Maybe you should simulcast it for people who can’t attend!

  • Hey Chris, If I was living in the States, I’d be there with bells on, but being an Australian living in Sydney, next year doesn’t seem likely for me.

    I’d love to know if you’ve plans for anything to be streamed on the net, perhaps after the event, or whether there’s a way to be a virtual participant??

  • Chris says:

    @Samantha and Trever,

    Sorry to miss you! We’ll look at webstreaming options when the time gets closer. I think the main benefit of a live event is meeting everyone else in person, so that’s what we’re focusing on now.

  • Sav Coach says:

    That’s a big yello from NZ! Can’t be there but wish you ‘awesome forces’ for the event! Live stream would be out standing!

  • I would love to be there. It looks like a wonderful line up of workshops and guest speakers.

  • Thanks Chris. I agree, a live event is best when you’re actually attending in person. Nevertheless I’ll stay tuned for webstreaming options and perhaps I’ll manage to combine a visit to the States with the World Domination Summit #2! 🙂

  • beds says:

    Man I wanna go so bad. I also want to build my own small army some day 🙂

  • Gina says:

    Hi Chris,
    Have been reading your blog/writings for a while now and it helped me leave my corporate job in advertising to teach English for a year in South Korea. I return to the states end of April and finally bought a ticket for the WDS, so thought it was about time I left a comment on your blog. Can’t wait to meet you and everyone else in Portland and thanks for being an inspiration!

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