As published in Hello Vancity
Roger Killen always wanted to change the world. As a perennial self-starter and overly inquisitive young man, he always wanted to do something extraordinary with his life.
Money has never been a driver for Roger. His two biggest motivators are (1) recognition from others and (2) the inner satisfaction knowing that he is doing good work and making an impact in the world. As a child of a father who held a civil servant position and owned businesses on the side, Roger went on to establish 12 different businesses over his own lifetime.
BIG IDEA #1: HELP ENTREPRENEURS & PROFESSIONALS LEARN SOME BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES WITH THE HELP OF EXPERTS
Roger likes to show entrepreneurs and professionals all over Vancouver how they can improve their game as an organizer at the Vancouver BusinessNetwork (VBN) meetup, which is one of the largest meetups of its kind in the world. The group features a new thought leader or two each week who shares their expertise to an audience of nearly a hundred or more people who are hungry to learn how to be the best at what they do.
I’ve had the privilege of speaking at his VBN group about how to connect with people from all walks of life and build trust and understanding. I’ve met some major influencers like blogging guru Ricky Shetty, soft-skills expert Sandy Chernoff and land-assembly expert Michelle Yu whose ‘FOR SALE’ signs are plastered all over the West side of Vancouver. Several of these experts have become friends who’ve gone off to do some very big things in their own respective worlds.
BIG IDEA #2: GIVE BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS MAXIMUM EXPOSURE AND THE CHANCE TO SCALE UP
It was this insatiable desire to create meaningful connections between entrepreneurs and powerful thought-leaders that also led Roger to develop ‘The Sizzling Sales Show’ which was similar to Dragon’s Den, except that getting investor funding wasn’t the ultimate objective of each participant who joined the show. Rather, it was to win the support of one or more experts who would help catapult their business onto a whole new playing field as a result of one or more of the experts lending their expertise in marketing, sales, operations or relationship-building to startups they chose to support.
Roger wanted to change the world by giving a voice to small entrepreneurs and the ‘Sizzling Sales Show’ was their opportunity to showcase their business to the world.
BIG IDEA #3: PARTNER WITH A MASSIVE BRAND TO CREATE MORE INFLUENCERS AND THOUGHT LEADERS
Roger’s biggest fear is not being able to live to his full potential. He’s not in any danger of that now that he’s become the founder and organizer of TEDxStanleyPark. Always the man to inspire people to change the world as a result of doing what they do best, Roger had an epiphany after attending a local TED talk and decided to apply for his own license to organize his own yearly TEDx event. Each event that he’s organized has steadily grown in size and scale and this year will accommodate an audience of 400. As a result of the increasing popularity of his TEDx talks and also his growing recognition as a change-maker, Roger will be getting a much larger venue to accommodate an audience of more than 2,000 people in 2016.
What’s your big idea and how will you change the world? If you’re ready for the big time, you can contact Roger and audition as a speaker for TEDxStanleyPark 2016 or his VBN meetup. It’s your chance to be discovered and make a huge impact in people’s lives.