The Future: How Virtual Reality tech can help us connect

No matter who you are or what industry you’re in, technology can impact it in a positive light.

At The Conversation Event, the only large gathering that resembles a mastermind conference of business leaders that I commit to each year, Virtual Reality will make an appearance for the first time ever.

Why tech, why now, in 2017, at an event designed to ignite divergent ideas?

It’s become popular for parents to diss tech, and the perceived negative impact it has in their pre teens, yet when their children were toddlers, they plopped the iPad on the floor in front and marveled in amazement, telling friends about their child’s amazing tech savvy skills.

Tech has become something to celebrate and hate all at the same time, but I say let’s think differently – and treat tech as we do food or relationships or anything else.

It’s your choice how addictive you’d like to get.

Let’s manage it, and joyfully embrace it.

At The Conversation, a once a year once in a lifetime (if you’re lucky enough to be chosen) gathering of 100 hand picked world changers in a forest, the focus is on a face to face connection – absent of conference speakers, agendas, up sells, and fluorescent lights.

The event is so exclusive that media and pre press promotion is not allowed, celebrities are not announced in advance and autographs are discouraged. The event focuses on bold radical divergent conversations in the 4 quadrants of life and business.

You won’t see any tech there, and the forest backdrop brings everyone to the heart of who they are.

The circle around the campfire creates warmth and familiarity, like an upscale camping dinner with friends. And the conversation topic in each specific circle is like an arrow straight to the heart. The event is decidedly un – technology so why add in an element of Virtual Reality?

The Power of Tech to Connect

One new conversation circle added this year is titled: Virtual Reality

As individuals rotate to this conversation they’ll experience a high level think tank unlike any other utilizing virtual reality. The topic crosses brain mind soul action barrier – in a 4D integration of conversation on your reality, versus reality. What are your blind spots? How does virtual reality open our mind to innovation in specific industries and processes and client management and delivery?

I personally can’t wait until we have virtual reality integrated into many of the things we do. We will be adding the VR component to our client experience in 4Q 2017.

It doesn’t have to be everything, but there are so many ways I can see it adding value to our lives.

The first of which is to advance intellectual capacity and innovation. Simply put: to make us smarter.


#1: Divergent learning

When you can make learning fun, people will want to learn. If learning is fun in school and 3 and 4 dimensional versus just one human talking to a row of kids in desks, kids will want to learn.

My business is all about learning. I’m in the $11 billion self improvement industry which is centered on learning, growth, and leadership. It’s been as solid an infantry and investment as real estate has been for thousands of years, because there will always be earth, and minds. The human mind has an infinite capacity to grow.

90% of what I do is centered on legacy and leadership. We work to help entrepreneurs build their businesses, using innovation and divergent thinking.

#2: Connectivity

How can VR make businesses better?

It’s all about connection.

In the dental industry for instance, there are two obstacles that practices face. One is the fear and negativity associated with going to the dentist. In a pediatric practice, the dental office that becomes the first to incorporate virtual reality can offer virtual reality headsets in the waiting room to show a procedure to be “live” and interesting, using a well written virtual reality script.

This is a game changer.

Think about it. What does the average waiting room look like today? A waiting room.

When else in your life and day, do you sit in a space that even remotely resembles a waiting room?

I suppose a bigger question is – why would a dental office have a waiting room that looks like an area the average human never ever sits in? Is that a way to create a connection? Or an obstacle?

It’s my job to think differently.

Using Virtual reality we wouldn’t just “offer it” or “have it laying there” in the waiting room like video games. The VR would actually be incorporated into part of the on boarding process.

Words are currency, and at my company we are embarking on a path to create virtual reality partnerships, to write and develop and produce scripts that can literally transform industries, and infuse non tech industries with technology that helps people understand things better.

How could virtual reality enhance the life of an elderly patient whose joy or hobby was as a former casual skier every Christmas with family, yet is now stuck inside a bed at a facility most of the time and hasn’t seen the light of day on a ski slope or mountain views in years?

Imagine being the one assisted living facility organization in an entire industry that embraced innovation to offer millennials, and younger families (who actually have already embraced new technology anyways) a chance to give their aging parents or grandparents the ability to experience the things they can no longer do? Imagine.

If I was the CEO of an elderly care facility reading this, I think the first person I’d call is me. I’m waiting.

Currently businesses find a variety of ways to serve clients.

We send physical gifts to specific prospects and our tipping point people from time to time as a way to show them we care.

Another thing we do is create divergent books. This is a new leadership category and we are always interested in the most innovative offerings. Bringing Virtual Reality into our client book, leadership, and people development process is a new aspect of customer service that we’re about to embark on.

Virtual reality is an industry we are ready to embrace.

See you in the future. It’s already here.

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