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.
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.