â€œThe event is dead. Long live the experience.â€
This is the motto of Arthur Zards latest agency founded in 2013, Experiential Fuse. His company brings a â€œTEDâ€™ like innovative experience to your trade group, company, or brand. He developed a framework that offers a strategic approach to architecting authentic innovative experiences.
In addition to innovative experiences, Arthur Zards is true â€œold schoolâ€ Internet entrepreneur co-founding XNet, an Internet provider, before the web browser was even in existence. He grew the company to a successful exit via NASDAQ traded company, when said company went bankrupt a few years later, he and a business partner purchased the company back for pennies on the dollar.
As president of XNet he continues to push Internet technology to the limit by developing cutting edge Internet technologies, including the most recent successful launch of new Cloud services on his companies own XNet Cloud.
Arthur is very active in the TED/TEDx community being the founder and curator of TEDxNaperville, an movement that enables business and community leaders to share "ideas worth spreading" in the Chicagoland area.
His mantra is to : Create an idea, get people excited, do it, repeat.
He is always willing to sit down with someone to discuss their next "big idea".
In his spare time he carves Tiki Moai, jumps off cliffs in his paraglider and grills a mean picahna.
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TED2010
Areas of Expertise
Social Media Marketing, Customer-led innovation, Change Leadership, Paragliding, Travel and Adventure, Event Production, Creating (Companies, Products, Initiatives), Creative 'Big Ideas' Generator, Leaderhship, Experience Architect
An idea worth spreading
Bringing back the power of the "Thank You". A small thing that's easy to do, and can make an immediate change.
People for years have abused the Ã¢â‚¬Å“thank youÃ¢â‚¬Â down to a phrase that almost an annoying requirement, a chore, a phrase that has no meaning but must be said begrudgingly.
Well, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to take the Ã¢â‚¬Å“thank youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ back. And when you do, you will witness immediate transformation.
Here are the rules:
Simply say the words, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Thank YouÃ¢â‚¬Â.
You MUST say it with COMPLETE SINCERITY.
You MUST say WHY. (and it helps to explain why in some level of detail)
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s it. Nothing else. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that easy.
Try this immediately with anyone, from your boss, to the receptionist, to the mailman. And pay attention to the personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s physical and mental reaction when you do this, you will really be amazed.
I'm passionate about
Discovering a new idea, getting people excited about it, making something of it. Repeat.
Talk to me about
New ideas, psychology, travel. Coolest place you've been to.
People don't know I'm good at
I run the worlds largest and most popular (and only) sea shanty Internet radio station. I can carve a pretty mean looking Tiki totem. (update) I can now grill an authentic Argentine Picanha!
My TED story
I have been a big TED follower for years, my daily routine is lunch at my desk with a TED talk. Learning about TEDx, In 2010 decided to run a TEDx event, not knowing what to expect.
Whoa! So far my TEDx journey has been nothing short of amazing. My TEDx experience has led me to meet the most fascinating and unique people, all with incredible stories to share.
So thank you TED for giving these people a venue to share their stories with everyone on TED and TEDx.