TEDxVancouver is back and here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets!

The showcase happens on Saturday November 14, 2015 at Rogers Arena. I’ll be your Host once again, connecting the day’s narrative and in conversation with the likes of Mohamed Fahmy and Kaitlyn Bristowe along the way.

The speaker lineup is stacked with perspective surrounding “ID”. Questions about your identity will be delivered along with some dynamite performances celebrating the Arts in Vancouver.

To win, subscribe to the Every Conversation Counts email list below and answer the following question:

“Describe a defining conversation that helped shape your identity?” 

Email your answers to [email protected]. Stories, lessons and insights are encouraged. The winning entry will be announced and posted below on Thursday Nov. 12, 2015.

Good luck!

  1. Thanks to all of you for your terrific and thoughtful submissions. It was a tough choice, but a big congratulations to Wendy McClelland for winning tickets to TEDxVancouver this Saturday. Her defining conversation is below:

    In 1999 I was five years out of a divorce and raising three young children on my own. I’d been sick for weeks with something my doctor couldn’t identify. I was losing weight (2 – 3 lbs a day sometimes), having high fevers (102+), unable to keep food down, bleeding sores in my throat and terrible body pain. I had to give up custody of my three children and shut down the successful business I had built after my divorce. Finally one night I phoned a friend and asked her to take me to the hospital because I could hardly walk.

    When I arrived the doctor took my blood pressure. He could barely get a reading. He told me I needed massive blood transfusions and if I didn’t have them that night I wouldn’t live until morning. THAT conversation shaped me into the fighter I am today. I was literally fighting for my life. I had contracted an e-coli infection that was invading my whole body. It ate away portions of the lower three vertebrae and two discs in my spine, destroyed one kidney, damaged my corneas and gave me brain damage. I spent 63 days in Vancouver General. Every morning I woke up and asked myself “what lesson should I learn today?” and every night I went to sleep and said a prayer of gratitude for the small wins of the day and for being alive. Those two daily habits have stayed with me for over 15 years. They helped me get through the many months I spent in a body cast (neck to knee to fuse bone fragments back around the spinal cord) and during the year it took me to learn to walk again without assistance and regain my mental functions. That conversation impacted how I view the world so much that I wrote a book about the lessons I learned from it, “27 Steps to Freedom – What Learning to Walk Again Taught me About Success in Business & Life”.

    The conversation with that doctor in the Emergency room 15 years ago continues to impact my life each day as I face new challenges.

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