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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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In our TEDxKids@NBCC class, the age differences, enthusiasm, preparedness levels and interest have varied greatly.  This has made it a bit challenging to be equally tough on everyone about getting to their best “why” of their idea, despite many conversations formally and informally. So… we didn’t worry about it.  Instead for class #5, we just...
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We had two goals for this week:  to get them to understand (in their left and right brains) what it means to deliver a talk in front of people, standing up and secondly, to articulate the basic idea of their TEDx talk. Each student reviewed this handout –  5 Basics of Speaking –  to raise basic awareness about the best...
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Session #3 with the kids was a dynamic one! Building on our second class where we explored illustrative language, each student brought in their photo (they choose from a stack we supplied) to share a story they created about it. The goal for this session was to: – Start to build a sense of preparation: ...
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  In our second class in the TEDxKids@NBCC series (leading to a TEDxKids@NBCC event on 2/17/12), we ventured into the world of illustrative language while continuing to get the kids to stand up and talk.  To see where we started this journey, visit here. So today we planned three exercises that moved the focus entirely to...
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Today I began a six week journey with about 15 elementary school children toward a final destination of a TEDxKids event.   Yes, I’ll take your luck as I’ll likely need it. “NBCC” is North Broadway Children’s Center where my two children have attended pre-school and now aftercare since they were 18 months and 10 weeks,...
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On the TEDxColumbus stage over the last three years, we’ve had a variety of performance artists: musicians, poets and such.  This post is not about them. It is about those individuals who have a medium other than their own voice, movement or acting to express their artistry (design, painting).  I turned to wikipedia for a...
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They say once is an event, twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend. As we organize the third TEDxColumbus event, we’re definitely feeling the trend. Consider our first year when no one knew what TED  or TEDx was. I had to explain, clarify, demonstrate and explain some more. Last year, we had some awareness but still needed to...
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For someone who has gotten rid of regular TV in the last six months, syndication has new meaning to me: the ability to have your OWN story live on. Take for instance the most discussed, heralded and watched talk last year from TEDxColumbus by Michael Wilkos.  It was a grand slam x 10.  Or 30, if you...
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A year ago TED unveiled a new corporate program where “private” TEDx licenses could enable corporations to host their own internal TEDx events. The guidelines are similar to a regular TEDx event with two primary caveats- only employees can attend the live event and the videos cannot be posted to a public site. A few...
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Everyone has their pet peeves.  I have my pet loves.  Among them, really awesome opening hooks.  As in, how do you grab your audience from the first words out of your mouth. That means, ‘Thank you for having me,” or, “I’m here to discuss an idea…” are no where to be heard. This week at TEDGlobal, among...
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Do you ever wonder why ESPN Classics became so popular? We want to know why those games were so great.  We don’t see how the play is developed until the second time around. So — when watching a great talk, do you ever wonder, what made it so great? Sometimes it’s hard to understand why...
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Consider:  We spend 4 billion hours in traffic.  There are 1 billion people in the world with a brain disorder.  For every 400 movies made, another 11,000 porn flicks are produced.  And there are 113 official ways to die in the US.   These are but a few of the interesting bits I absorbed at...
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