Episode 162 Becoming an Ambassador to Your Community – Chris Daley
26 Apr 2018

Summary

TEDx events have a global impact since the speaker’s talks can be viewed online. However, the events also have a local impact by influencing their communities in surprising ways. Today’s guest is the organizer of TEDxPittsburgh, and he shares how the event helps people become ambassadors to the community.

Chris Daley is an award-winning digital marketing professional leading a team of digital professionals to create online experiences in web, social media, and video to tell stories that engage consumers in their health care. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, teaching students advertising, writing, and digital marketing.

Chris Daley is a proud Pittsburgher who thinks the city’s biggest export can be ideas. To contribute to this goal, he organizes TEDxPittsburgh events every year. In 2016, Chris was honored to be a part of PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list for the community work involving producing TEDxPittsburgh events. If you can’t find Chris in the board room, classroom, or at a TEDx event, you may find him on stage performing with his pop punk band, Mace Ballard, who recently released their 4th album on a small record label. He also shares his musings of being a new dad on his dad blog.

We’ll explore:

  • How TEDxPittsburgh is impacting the community.
  • What Chris looks for when curating the event.
  • How they select speakers for the event.
  • Why they frame speaker selection as a call for ideas” instead of a call for speakers.”
  • The difference between no” and not this time, but …”
  • Chris’ favorite thing about being a TEDx organizer.
  • Chris’ favorite TED talk.
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Episode 161 Building Bridges in India – Raashi Saxena
24 Apr 2018

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TED talks have helped people from all cultures and walks of life come together to appreciate great ideas. Today’s guest is the founder of a TEDx event in India, and she shares her passion and wisdom for serving the global community through TEDx.

Raashi Saxena is a passionate community builder, former design engineer, and founder of TEDxKoramangala, a TEDx event in Bangalore, the startup capital of India. She believes that the essence of community building lies in sharing one’s collective passions, dreams, and creativity, which ultimately amplify the sense of connection and help ideas come into fruition. Her involvement with TED has resulted in her being featured in several Indian publications, as well as the TEDx Innovations Blog. The 25-year-old aspires for a career that works at the intersection of business, design and psychology. She is currently exercising her creative muscle as the Business Head for Sky Goodies, a DIY product company.

We’ll explore:

  • Behind-the-scenes info on TEDxKoramangala
  • When Raashi became an organizer, and what she looks for when curating her event.
  • How Raashi selects speakers for the event.
  • The importance of refreshing ideas and thoughts.
  • Raashi’s favorite thing about being a TEDx organizer.
  • How she supports the speakers at her event.
  • Raashi’s favorite TED talks.
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Are TED talks a good political outlet?
20 Apr 2018

The TED or TEDx stage is not and should never be a political outlet. TED and TEDx speakers need to have a nonpartisan, nonpolitical voice. They can be “relevant but not political” said Chris Anderson, Curator of TED, during an online chat for TEDx organizers along with Executive Director of TEDx. Chris asked us to remember the importance of the reasons for the debate, finding the solutions for that debate and not driving the theater behind the debate.

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Tony Robbins Shares One Simple Strategy to Overcome Shame and Embarrassment
19 Apr 2018

Shame. Oh, how it gets the best of us. Shame is a character trait which can destroy the most successful of people and reduce them to an embarrassed version of themselves.

Trust me, there isn’t a single person on earth who hasn’t gone through the experience of shame in their life, whether in a one-time instance or as a constant companion.

We have all felt embarrassed about something in our lives and have done our best to deal with it either by hiding or compensating for it.  Reading myriads of self-help books which ultimately lead us to raise up our arms in self-defeat.

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Episode 160 The Difference Between Speaking & Spreading an Idea – Josh O’Connor
19 Apr 2018

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Although TEDx events consist of short, focused talks, it’s not just about public speaking.” Today’s guest helps us understand the critical difference between speaking and spreading idea, and how this distinction comes to life at TEDxUCLA.

Joshua S. O’Connor is an Assistant Director of Leadership and Involvement, in the Office of Residence Life, within the Student Affairs Division at the University of California, Los Angeles. In his role at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. O’Connor oversees leadership development, student development, program advancement, supervision, training, advising, and community development for more than 14,000 students. Dr. O’Connor has been the co-curator of TEDxUCLA for the past four years and has a passion for spreading ideas that invoke change or passion.

We’ll explore:

  • Behind-the-scenes info about TEDxUCLA.
  • How students became involved in the event.
  • How volunteers are involved in the event.
  • Why professional speakers and faculty often require coaching to present a TEDx talk.
  • The difference between speaking and spreading a great idea.
  • What Josh looks for when curating the event.
  • The two different audiences a speaker must address.
  • Why it’s important to reach out to event organizers if you have a great idea you want to spread.
  • Josh’s favorite thing about being a TEDx curator.
  • Josh’s favorite TED talk.
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Personal:
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10 Surprising Facts About How Hollywood Sex Scenes Really Get Made
18 Apr 2018

1. Dance choreographers are often called in to help. It takes a lot of thought to make on-screen hookups seem both spontaneous and graceful — i.e. nothing like messy regular-people sex. New York-based choreographer Tricia Brouk has been brought on to help map out scenes that include especially physical movements. (Her credits include the short-lived ABC series Black Box and the Off-Off Broadway musical Tokyo Confidential.) She first choreographs the scene with herself and another dancer, then shows what she calls her “dance” to the actors and director. She’ll then teach the routine to each actor as she plays the opposite role. “Nothing is left to chance,” she says, “so that no one feels like they are being groped, which could make an actor feel unsafe and therefore unable to be present in the scene.”

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Episode 159 Planning an Intentional and Excellent Event – Cathey Armillas
17 Apr 2018

Summary
With so many TEDx events around the world, you may have noticed that the quality can vary among speakers and locations. Today’s guest is the organizer of one of the largest TEDx events in the world. She shares the team’s process of creating an event with both intentionality and excellence.

Cathey Armillas is an international speaker, marketing expert, TED Talk trainer, and author of the award-winning book The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways to Get People to Love You. Cathey is also the creator of the program How to Rock a TED Talk and the organizer for TEDxPortland (one of the largest TEDx events in the world) and TEDxMendeWomen in Nigeria. She has delivered a TEDx Talk herself and coaches celebrities, teams at Fortune 100 companies, industry experts, and others with great ideas to deliver the best presentations of their lives.

We’ll explore:

  • Why the TEDxPortland team doesn’t automatically allot 18 minutes to all their speakers.
  • Why you must hone your idea when applying to speak at a TED event.
  • How Cathey and her team select speakers and topics for the event.
  • How TedxPortland finances the event and partners with sponsors.
  • What makes a great speaker.
  • Cathey’s experience working with TEDxMendeWomen in Nigeria.
  • Cathey’s favorite TED talk.
Interview Links
The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing by Cathey Armillas and Jeff Berry
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Episode  158 All About TEDxAruba – Elton Arends
12 Apr 2018

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How does an employee of the government in Aruba become a TEDx organizer? On today’s episode, you’ll hear Elton Arends’ amazing story of how TEDx helped him meet new people and begin impacting more lives through his work with TEDxAruba.

Elton Arends is the Creative at 360 degrees innovation. He loves helping to resolve problems by thinking out of the box and creating concepts. He has spent the majority of his career in the creative industry, gaining experience in areas such as art direction, branding strategy, and marketing. While creative @ 360 is his primary job by day, Elton also enjoys organizing TEDxAruba events and a night out with good friends.

We’ll explore:

  • How working for the government in Aruba led to Elton’s involvement in TEDx.
  • What the TEDxAruba event is like.
  • What the team looks for when curating the event.
  • How the team selected speakers for the event.
  • Elton’s strategy for identifying a theme each year.
  • Elton’s favorite thing about being a TEDx organizer.
  • How to become a speaker on the TEDxAruba stage.
  • One of Elton’s favorite TED talks.
  • How they help coach their speakers.
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Episode 157 Creating an Inclusive & Diverse Event – Cherie Ward
10 Apr 2018

Summary
Each TED event is focused on ideas worth spreading.” Our guest today truly embodies this idea as the organizer of a TEDx event that includes a diversity of speakers across disciplines and genres. You’ll be inspired by Cherie’s creativity and passion for helping spread ideas in an ever-changing society.

Cherie A. Ward, Ph.D. has been working and producing in the fields of radio, television, film and stage for over 25 years. She won a Telley Award in 2012 for her educational children’s television show pilot, which was screened at the 2013 Heritage Filmmakers Conference. A former Miss District of Columbia” and representative in the coveted Miss America Pageant,” her professional poise is enhanced by her educational and professional successes. She started TEDxHowardUniversity and the event is now approaching its fourth year.

We’ll explore:

  • The background of TEDxHowardUniversity.
  • How Cherie chose a theme for the first event.
  • The difference between curating a small event and a large one.
  • How Cherie found her speakers the first time, as opposed to the third time.
  • Cherie’s favorite thing about being a TEDx organizer.
  • Cherie’s favorite TED talks.
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