It was about two months ago that I purchased a ticket (a golden ticket as I called it) that was about to change my life for the better.
Cue: Periscope Community Summit NYC 2015 …
I have been back in the UK for a couple of week and decided it was time to put pen to paper (well fingers to keyboard) and share my experience of The Periscope Community Summit with you.
The lead up to the summit was an exciting time for me, strengthening connections with people from all corners of the globe through Periscope and Blab. There was a real excitement that we would all be coming together as a community, face to face for the first time in New York City.
I have to give a huge shout out to the Periscope Community Summit organisers Ryan Bell, Cathy Hackl, Alice Chase, Randall Chase and Alexis Cardoza who organised something that I can only describe as incredibly special, their vision is what made this happen. I , for one (amongst many others I know that share the same view) am very grateful.
Leaving On A Jet Plane
The flight over to NYC was filled with excitement…. I scoped from the airport in London and boarded my American Airlines flight to The Big Apple! Wi Fi on the plane on the way over meant I was able to post and share the exciting journey with many of the other amazing people and social influencers that were also attending the event. The excitement built as the plane descended into New York, knowing I was about to meet the people I had been sharing social media conversations with for a long while. I could not wait to meet everyone!
Hello Friends IRL , How Great It Was To Meet You!
Arriving at Yotel was an awesome experience (there are too many people to name in this post, but for the purpose of anyone reading this who attended, you are all very special people). I first met my ‘roomie’ for the next few days Kohleen Lidell and Adrienne M Dyer and her husband Colin Dyer…. the first thing that happened? …. squeals , and hugs! I cannot explain how exciting it was, finally meeting people that you feel you already know in actual person. We checked in and up in the lift we went!
As the doors opened, the first thing I saw was a rather familiar back of a hat (I think many of you will know who’s hat I’m referring to here) The words read ‘Talk Fast – Tweet Faster’ It was none other than iSocialFanz himself Brian Fanzo More hugs were the order of the day! I have followed Brian on Twitter for years and he was someone that I was super looking forward to meeting. His values and beliefs have always resonated with me highly and to be quite frank, he had always just seemed like a really nice human being … he did not disappoint.Over the next few days of getting to know him better, I can honestly say that Brian is as exception ally nice in real life (if not better) as he is across social media. he is a million percent authentic, genuine and all about community!
I chuckle about this now, but the one thing I was not expecting was people’s proportions. Meeting Ryan Steinolfson, Alex Khan, Ryan Bell , Mitch Jackson and Alexis Cardoza in real life? Man, those small squares we view on Periscope and Blab, does not quite represent how these guys proportions are in real life …. they are super tall, but to go with that, they have super big hearts too, genuinely 100% lovely individuals. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to spend a few days in their wonderful company! …. and of course, more hugs, were the order of the day!
The one thing I can say about The Periscope Community Summit, is how genuine and familiar those first real-life connections felt. There were no awkward silences, it just felt like a group of friends meeting who had known each other for years. It was at this moment, before the keynote speeches had even begun, that I began to realise the immense power of Periscope as a platform. People who had NEVER met before, were greeting each other like friends. We kind of knew each other from watching snippets about each others lives through the small screens of our smart phones. If those relationships could be formed at such an early stage, before even meeting, it quickly dawned on me how powerful Periscope could be as a business tool. A platform that has the ability to break down those initial barriers that we sometimes have before we meet someone for the first time in real life …. WOW …. to me, this was going to be huge.
Business Aside … Periscope Has A Much Greater Power … COMMUNITY!
It was all about to begin, seats taken, stage ready, eager audience and a powerhouse of speakers about to do their thing …
Hundreds of Periscopers were now gathered ready to watch what I can only describe as THE BEST keynotes I have ever heard in my life. The buzz in the room was immense.
Welcoming a collection of rather fine people …
So, It all began with an opening keynote from Grant Cardone, who I have to say is a very humble and down to earth guy! … His inclusion of our youngest attendee (a 9 month old baby, who soon became known as ‘Peribaby’) in his opening keynote was rather heartwarming! Of course, he ‘brought it’ as he always does, with his powerful presence and words of motivation. But it was really nice to see this other side. Immediately, I knew this summit was going to bring so much value, inspiration and so many perspectives.
The keynotes that followed from Alex Khan, Alex Pettitt and KatchHQ Were nothing short of amazing in their own unique ways! … covering their own view points and perspectives, delivering power and inspiration with every single word. I honestly couldn’t believe how inspired I was! …. In two words, MIND BLOWING!
Then came Tasmin Lucia-Khan , everything that this lady embodies is wonderful. Her keynote brought so much emotion with it. I smiled, I cried and it made me think of all of the different ways Periscope could be used for social good. We should all be using Periscope for social good. What a powerful presentation from a powerful lady. She genuinely is an absolute sweetheart and I thank her for touching my heart.
The whole Periscope Summit to me was just INCREDIBLE and every single keynote speaker inspired me in their own unique way.
The closing keynote came from Brian Fanzo it was absolutely outstanding.
Brian was introduced like this, ‘with his message, with his education, is a heart’ … that couldn’t have been more perfect.
That heart, and a great big heart it is too, spoke to every individual person in that room with such a powerful message. The future of the business world is in community and collaboration. If we can find ways to #ShowUCare across social media, then together we can be intensely powerful … far more powerful than if we stand alone.
For me, ‘competition in business’ is a phrase that should be banned. In my opinion, there is none. We lift ourselves higher by lifting others and working together to achieve great things.
I strongly urge everyone to watch the keynote WARNING: Inspiration Overload!
The Social Side Of The Periscope Summit!
Throw together some of the most dynamic and diverse individuals from all corners of the earth who are all hugely passionate about life and business and believe me, you are in for a great time!
The atmosphere was exciting. We laughed, cried, shared emotions, strengthened relationships, took a LOT of selfies, shared a LOT of hugs and came together as a community. I really felt that I had found people that shared such a similar passion for life as I do. I am grateful for all of you.
Being my first time in New York City, I knew it would take my heart. It is a place I had always wanted to visit. What touched my heart the most were the people. Periscope Community Summit taught me that if we can all be a little kinder, more encouraging of others, embracing of their ideas, less critical, more empowering and see that together, we are a pretty powerful force to be reckoned with and a powerful force that can do great things, then the world would be a much better place!
This changed my life because I really was able to ‘explore the world through the eyes of somebody else’ as Periscope puts it. But not just someone else, lot’s of someone else’s, through the eyes of everyone that attended those few days in New York. My life is richer because of all of you.
So thank you. A huge heartfelt thank you. I look forward to seeing you all in San Fransisco! For anyone considering attending the next Periscope Community Summit … JUST DO IT without any hesitation. It will be the best decision you make! My tickets are already purchased and I’m ready for round two!
Take a look at the next Periscope Community Summit event here.
And finally, to each and every one of you that attended who I had the pleasure of spending time with ….. THANK YOU!