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The Biznik Innovators Series connects members with some of the most premier innovative thought leaders published today in a swank downtown venue (with complimentary wine!) When the authors visit Seattle, we find innovative ways to celebrate their books, while providing you with a unique networking opportunity.
The engaging Warren Etheredge, of The Warren Report, will lead an intimate and entertaining on-stage conversation with the author that takes the entire event up a notch.
Before and after networking with the author and other guests in an intimate setting at the elegant Hotel 1000
Free-flowing award-winning wines from Erath Wineries
Savory nibbles on the house
AND in addition to the wine & appetizers, a copy of the book, signed for you by the author after the interview, is included in the ticket cost.
Dan Pink, the celebrated best selling author of Free Agent Nation and A Whole New Mind says forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As he explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:
Autonomy - the desire to direct our own lives
Mastery - the urge to get better and better at something that matters
Purpose - the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves
Drive is bursting with big ideas - the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.
If you want to see what you're in for, check out his last TED Talk on TED.com. You don't want to miss this event!
What others say about Dan and Drive
"Pink has a knack for teaching in such an entertaining way that you'll forget you are learning." - Lexi Feinberg, Forbes.com
"Important reading...an integral addition to a growing body of literature that argues for a radical shift in how businesses operate." - Kirkus Book Reviews
"Drive is the rare book that will get you to think and inspire you to act. Pink makes a strong, science-based case for rethinking motivation--and then provides the tools you need to transform your life." - Dr. Mehmet Oz, co-author of YOU: The Owners Manual
About the Author
A free agent himself, Dan Pink, the former chief speechwriter for former vice-president Al Gore and a contributing editor for Wired magazine changed the way companies view the modern workplace with a trio of influential bestsellers: Free Agent Nation (2001), A Whole New Mind (2006), and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (2008).
RSVP for the event is $40 per person, which includes all wines, appetizers and a copy of the featured book. Reservations are required, and can be made here on our website by joining or logging into Biznik. (Basic membership in Biznik is free.)
Note: Event attendance required to receive your copy of the book.
The Biznik Innovators events are made possible by a partnership between Biznik and:
Kim Ricketts founded Kim Ricketts Book Events in July of 2003 with an inspiration to find and develop new and targeted author-based events in Seattle. The company represents over 30 companies and groups, books throughout the greater Seattle area, the San Francisco market, and is exploring plans to expand even further. Some of KRBE's most notable authors have included Former Vice President Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Brogan and Tim Ferris. If you like the Biznik Innovators Series, you may be interested in KRBE's Words & Wine series.
As founder of The Warren Report , Warren Etheredge curates and hosts over 200 events every year, a podcast and television series. The Warren Report promotes "slow culture" through commentary, outreach, events and education. Warren has conducted over 1,500 interviews ‹ in print, on camera, on stage with a wide range of personalities and smarties including Amy Sedaris, Naomi Watts, Salman Rushdie and Robert Duvall. Additionally, Warren is one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool, along with Tom Skerritt, Stewart Stern, Rick Stevenson and John Jacobsen. Warren has staged over 40 plays in New York, published five books, written countless magazine articles and recently completed a feature-length documentary, HUMOR ME. He speaks at festivals and conferences nationwide including The Screenwriting Expo, The Austin Film Festival and Conference, Bastyr University's Founders Weekend and Gnomedex.
Hotel 1000, located at 1000 First Ave. at the corner of Madison Street, is steps away from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district and lively and historic Pioneer Square. Hotel 1000 features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA KITCHEN + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club (a spectacular golf experience in a virtual reality setting). Guestrooms offer a soothing sanctuary for the weary traveler and feature two-person pedestal tubs with dramatic ceiling mounted water fillers. Floating frosted glass walls surround generous, limestone tiled walk-in showers. Every room has built in cherry wood wardrobes, large granite work surfaces, bars and vanities along with the latest in user-friendly, seamless technology. 40" LCD screens are the centerpiece of a state-of-the-art integrated entertainment center. A sophisticated raw silk bed throw and plush velvet pillows accentuate the fine Thai bed linens.
Nowhere else will you find a community of professional peers connecting online, in-person, globally and locally exclusively about business. Discover what happens when independent business people get together to converse, connect and collaborate.
Posted by Jack Fecker, Seattle, Washington | Dec 24, 2009
A Whole New Mind is also one of my favorite all time books. It helped inspire me to finish my book which just came out this past week. " Becoming A Creative Entrepenuer" is the title. I am very excited about anything Dan Pink discovers. Thank you Biznik for this opportunity.
I heart Dan Pink!!! Saw him here in Seattle at a similar event when he released "A Whole New Mind"...he's fab!! Can't wait! And I'm gonna a teeny bit of credit for him coming as I suggested it to Dan McComb 3 yrs ago... :P
Posted by Leif Hansen, Seattle, Washington | Jan 05, 2010
Dang, such a hard call whether I can make it or not. I'm coming to Seattle wed night to meet with a small group and David Allen (of Getting Things Done), so coming to Seattle the day before is looking trickier...grrr....I love living in PT, but in can make these kinds of opps challenging. We'll see....
Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Jan 06, 2010
I just discovered that you can now download this book on iTunes - it was released on Dec. 29.
I'm surprised that no one [else] has mentioned "Free Agent Nation" (http://www.amazon.com/Free-Agent-Nation-Working-Yourself/dp/0446678791), another inspiring and informative book by Dan Pink ... and one that I would suspect that every Biznik can relate to. FWIW, I think that Biznik effectively addresses many of the challenges that Pink enumerates with respect to free agency, and so this seems like the perfect audience for him.
I was on a telecall with Dan Pink today and I am so psyched for next week. If you are curious about what makes you motivated or inspired - you will love this book - and Dan is always a strong, smart, helpful presenter.
And the company we will all keep (audience) ain't too shabby either!! See you all there!!
I can't wait for this event! If you see me there, please come introduce yourself. I will be by myself and I have never attended a Biznik event. This one's right up my alley!
Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jan 11, 2010
Welcome, Barbara! You did well by posting here in the event discussion.
Here's a tip for how you can be more proactive tomorrow, rather than waiting for someone to introduce themselves to you: scan the RSVP list and pick out a few people who pique your interest. Click on their profile and read up on them - even checking out articles they've written or commented on. If there's someone in particular you'd like to meet, drop them a message.
You can say, "I haven't met you yet, but I saw you on Biznik and like what you said in the... I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow night!"
Another tip: The RSVP list is sorted by activity (the the order they RSVP'd). Those at the top of the list are more active on Biznik than those at the bottom. And those with a star, tend to be most active, as they're paying for a membership.
Wow- way to make my entrance into the Biznik scene- spell the hosts name wrong! Sorry Lara! Just found you on Twitter! I'm at @seattlewinegal
Posted by Amy C. Darling, Seattle, Washington | Jan 12, 2010
What's the time lay out of the evening? Primary question, when will Dan's talk begin. Thanks.
Posted by Leif Hansen, Seattle, Washington | Jan 12, 2010
Hi Lara, any chance you're going to bump the #s up last minute? I just found out I can get to Seattle (yes, I'm on waiting list, but missed my one chance so far).
Posted by Leif Hansen, Seattle, Washington | Jan 12, 2010
Woohoo, made it on a drop-out...am going to haul bootie from PT around 3ish :)
Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jan 12, 2010
@Amy, the event runs 5:30-8:30. Wine will start pouring at 5:30, Dan Pink was invited to arrive anytime between 5:30 and 6. Depending on the rate people are arriving, we generally start the show around 6:15/:30. Warren will engage him in an hour conversation with Q&A. We should start book signing at 7:30.
@Leif, glad you got a spot! I bumped the numbers up the day of the Gary Vaynerchuk event and ended up irritating a bunch of people who were shoe-horned into seats in the back. I don't want to make that mistake again. I know this is a popular event - I wish we could accommodate everyone. Sorry!
Hey all. A good event, but next time, more Warren and less audience participation please. Warren has a gift for keeping the conversation quick and lively and funny and provocative. He brings out the best in his guests. This event morphed into something a bit too much like a radio call-in show for my taste.
That said, I loved the venue and the people and the groove. I'll be at the next one too!
As is the case at every Biznik event, the networking was great. The food and wine at Hotel 1000 was also wonderful. The place was nice, but the unavailability of wireless Internet access (req'd a passcode for Hotel 1000 and Hotel 1000 Meeting access points) in a place that was being promoted as one of the most technologically advanced hotels was a bit disappointing.
I saw Dan Pink give an outstanding 20-minute talk on "A Whole New Mind" at PopTech 2007. I didn't think the conversational format worked well last night. I've never seen Warren Etheridge before, but I felt that some of the facilitation or elicitation was more toward the Stephen Colbert end of the interviewer spectrum than, say, the Terry Gross end of the spectrum. Warren seems like an engaging and entertaining person, but I was at the talk to hear Dan Pink, not Warren, and I was more interested in his new book than I was in, say, his speechwriting for Al Gore. I believe that a 20 minute lecture-style talk, followed by 40 minutes of Q&A would have served my needs better than the 40 minutes of conversational-style interview followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.
Posted by Jack Fecker, Seattle, Washington | Jan 14, 2010
I have to agree with Joe. Laura you did an outstanding job of set up with the hotel staff and the room set up. The sound system was excellent.
Areas for improvement from my standpoint:
The interviewer could have been better prepaired with a list (he could have it in his hand) of ten quick questions to start off with. The humor was a great touch but don't over do it.
Have an extra 2 mikes to give to people in the audience who ask questions. At least have the interviewer repeat the question. If a person is rambling on, cut them off and ask "What is your question" ala Larry King.
I would like to hear more about the book than what it is like in the White House.
The host has to take control and not let the audience take over as happened a few times.
Just an idea, but I would have someone designated from biznik to be greeter and make sure people that are coming alone are introduced to one other person.
This was a great event and I will attend many more. With love and respect,
Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jan 14, 2010
Thanks for sharing your insights re. the event. While I am sorry you felt a little disappointed by the format, more accurately, my approach, let me at least explain my philosophy. Everyone in attendance was getting a copy of the book. Presumably, everyone, including you, will READ the book. If you want to know what's in it, crack the spine. My goal is to afford the audience an opportunity to learn something they couldn't possibly because the content is NOT in the book. That's the reason I skip most author readings... because I am getting no more insight than I would by staying at home and perusing the tome in my armchair. My hope is that audience members can leave each event having learned more about the writer than the writing, having gotten a little glimpse of the personality behind the creative mind. Once again, I am sorry if this did not work for you, Joe, but I'd urge you to consider that perhaps blog posts should be based on more than an overheard synopsis and rather your evaluation of the actual work.
Posted by Dan Wingard, Bellevue, New York | Jan 14, 2010
I loved your wit and candor and I think you set an incredibly comfortable tone with your humor and engaging style. ...maybe too comfortable for some. I believe you put Dan at ease and we were able to see more than what we would get just from his books or a speech. My first event and I'm looking forward to more. Exceptional job Lara, Kim and Biznik as well and thank you Hotel 1000 and Erath Wineries!
Thanks Lara - great event and venue, and I agree with Leif on the extreme value (at least for VIP members - unbelievable!) I really enjoyed hearing Dan and his ideas.
Yes, the audience participation was a bit overwhelming at moments, but also part of the fun. There are probably great clips of Dan "lecturing" to be found online, but Warren and the biznik crowd helped us create something fun, unique and spontaneous. Yes, the moderation should keep the focus on the speaker, and yes, we want to hear what Dan has to say about his book, but we're not the chamber of commerce or a library club, and that's part of the fun.
Posted by Lara Feltin, Seattle, Washington | Jan 14, 2010
I love hearing both sides. Thanks, guys!
I'm biased, afterall I'm the one that invited Warren to participate, but I have to say that I also feel Warren contributes a unique element to these events, that distinguish them from the typical book reading or lecture. The wine flows for a reason, these are opportunities to have fun and enjoy each other.
Remember what Dan Pink said at one point - that the self-employed micropreneurs is often too isolated. Lots of inspiration, feedback and new ideas come to the employed workforce through inadvertent contact with others at the watercooler or in the copy room.
Biznik offers inadvertent contact with other micro business owners at networking events like these. They afford you a chance to build relationships with one another - sometimes through hanging out and having fun together.
Marvelous event and very well organized. I had watched Dan Pink's lecture on TED.com and I will be reading his book, so I'm glad I didn't get a rehash of his book. Instead, Warren did a fabulous job getting Dan to open up about things we won't necessarily get from the book. Yes, the crowd got a bit lively, but that's what I like about Biznik and Seattle. Warren got you to think .... and to speak up. Isn't that what Lara invited him to do?
Posted by Phill Briscoe, Seattle, Washington | Jan 15, 2010
I suggest limiting the amount of free wine that is available in the future.
I knew I could attend one of three events with Dan Pink in Seattle on Monday or Tuesday - and I chose the Biznik event. Why? For the reasons mentioned above. Dan has a great lecture about the book on www.ted.com as others have indicated. I knew in my inner core that Dan speaking to a big room of entrepreneurs would be so much more interesting and the questions would pertain to me more than a Chamber group.
The connections were fabulous too - I almost enjoyed the pre-networking more - but that was only because of the great and excited folks there.
My comment to people in general is one I have learned from improv - (see our BizProv event upcoming in Bellingham) - to work to make others look good. I cherish that lesson and work to remind myself of it in public and social situations.
Lara - thanks for all you and Dan and the Biznik team do. Keep 'em coming. Keep us challenged and slightly uncomfortable - that's a sure sign of growth.
Thank you for a great evening. I have been expressing to friends that the one challenge in working for myself is that I miss the synergy of working with others. This was articulated perfectly by Dan and restated by you (Lara) above. I left the event in a great mood and with my mind clicking over ideas and that's a great take-away.
I had read Dan's book prior to the talk and I think what most people may not realize is that he covered a lot of the book in the time he spoke with some additional anectodal stories. I will admit his talk was a bit of preaching to the choir for me as we abolished incentive pay and put our sales team on salary years ago.
I found his talk engaging and nformative and the banter between he and Warren was fun. I even enjoyed the moments that erupted spontaneously with the audience.
Warren and Lara - Thanks for the excellent programs!
FWIW, I posted some notes from the event - as well as two other book talks / conversations I attended last week (by David Allen and Bryant Simon) - on my blog. I looked up and linked to some of the studies that Dan had referenced, including one about gender differences regarding the morality of stealing medicine to aid a family member with cancer ... and I just updated the post with a link to the photos by Alan. If /when the video taken that night is posted online, I'll update the blog post [again].
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