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TED-Style Talks Commentary
At the InsideTED Session on Monday, six TEDx organizers (including myself, as you can see), were invited to share a few words about our TEDx experience.  The one thing I didn’t get to say about it is, I always have FUN.  I talked about how it inspired conversation, addressed a pent up curiosity in our...
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At Prosper!, the Dames Bond conference last week, I was asked to give a TED-like talk entitled “In my own words.”  I chose the subject of answering the call – however it might come – and eventually calling upon yourself to recognize your true interests and strengths and pursue them.  I’m not usually one for motivational-type speeches...
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Ariel Garten, CEO of Interaxon Computing, delivered a TEDxToronto talk in 2011 to great reviews (top video), including 250,000 views on TED.com.  She was invited to speak at TEDxSanDiego in December, 2012 where we worked with her on the “re-do” of her talk (below) which was to be 6 minutes shorter with a tighter opening,...
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As we close out 2012, I have produced another ‘best clips’ video (you may remember the first one on opening hooks), this time, on great closings.  As a speechwriter friend of mine told me once, the hardest part for her clients was “Getting into and getting out of the talk.”  So here’s some inspiration to...
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Last weekend I assisted with prepping some of the speakers for TEDxSanDiego, a wonderful TEDx run by Jack Abbott, a longtime marketing executive in the area.  Jack invited me to work with four specific speakers in preparing their talks and then to the rehearsal to help gently guide any other speakers in need of help. I...
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As the co-host and lead curator for TEDxColumbus, I’m supposed to act as an information waitress. I help select and then introduce the talks to people who are hungry for their curiosity to be fed. My job is to present the ideas (as authored by our speakers) without judgment so the audience can come to their...
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About this time every year as we begin to promote TEDxColumbus, I still get the question: What is TED?  So here’s a quick primer and a wee bit of background how I got involved (and why I still am!). TED is a conference founded about 30 years ago.  A guy wanted to have interesting people to...
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My favorite quote from the TED Conference this year was from the (now former) head of DARPA, the defense agency that plans our strategic responses on surprise attacks, Regina Dugan. She said: “If you want to learn to fly, you have to FLY.” It seemed so simple. But for an agency that fails all the time in its...
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Every car has four wheels, a radiator and glove compartment. It is not those things that make a car fancy, fast or memorable. But without those things it would not be a car. After attending my second TED conference and beginning to preparing our 5th TEDx event, I thought it was time to take a stab at my interpretation...
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(Live from TEDActive 2012) I was asked to play Bob Costas, or rather Mary Corillo, by a fellow TEDactive attendee during session 8 at TED2012. In other words, sit next to me and give me a play by play of what these speakers are doing to rock the house or in contrast, find a way...
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Using a word like curriculum sounds rather formal, as we really intend for this to be a guide to inspire and adapt for your own TEDx kids/youth situation. This is a six week model with the sixth “class” being the TEDxKids event itself. We recommend keeping your student logistics to a minimum. Don’t try to...
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At TEDActive 2012 in Palm Beach in a few days  (the sister simulcast of TED in Long Beach) I’ll be presenting on our TEDxKids@NBCC experience to the TEDx workshop.  It reminded me of my last national TEDx presentation in Roanoke, Virginia late last year to the CityWorks Xpoconference and that it was finally time to ‘out’ it!    I...
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It can be summed in one word:  awesome. By the time 5pm on Feb 17th rolled around, the 15 kids who were participating in the TEDxKids@NBCC were bursting at the seams for it to begin. The momentum of the week, which included many rehearsals and cheering each other on, had hit a fever pitch. One...
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While we practiced ideas during class #5, we rehearsed the talks this week!  The big event was on a Friday so on the Wednesday prior, we stopped by school to make sure we had all of our technical needs covered (camera angles, power point feed, sound for video) so that on Thursday, we could do...
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