169 Helping People Get Out of Their Own Way – Dolores Hirschmann
22 May 2018

Summary

The phrase It’s not about you” perhaps applies most of all to a TEDx organizer. Today’s guest shares how she puts the focus on others and helps people get out of their own way … not only in life, but also in her work with TEDx.

Dolores Hirschmann is a strategist and coach. She helps clients clarify their idea worth sharing,” design their communications strategies, and implement business growth systems. Her clients become speakers and authors who take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond. She works through group coaching, workshops, one on one coaching as well as public speaking.

Dolores is a TEDxOrganizer and participant in TED conferences. She is a CTI-certified and ICF-accredited coach, and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English, and French. Dolores is also the author of two books, and you can find the Amazon links below. She lives in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband and four children.
We’ll explore:
  • Why she sees herself as a catalyst for other people’s ideas.
  • How she helps people get out of their own way.
  • How Dolores became an organizer.
  • What Dolores looks for when curating her event.
  • Dolores’ favorite thing about working with TEDxNewBedford.
  • How the TED organization helps organizers improve their events.
  • Dolores’ favorite TED talks.

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18 Minutes of Impact by Dolores Hirschmann
New Beginnings by Dolores Hirschmann
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Episode 168 Empowering Women through TEDx – Alexandra Fowler
17 May 2018

Summary

No matter what your background, you can use skills from any field to help you plan and organize a TEDx event. This is especially true of today’s guest, who brings a wealth of experience in producing and event planning. She will inspire you with her pursuit of excellence and desire to serve and empower women through her work with TEDxStLouis.

Alex has been in the events industry for the last eight years. As the event manager of a public arena in St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena), Alex managed shows such Disney on Ice, Cirque Du Soleil, collegiate athletic events for Saint Louis University athletics, and some of the biggest concerts touring at that time. Most recently, Alex has transitioned into the corporate event sector as a Producer at CPG Agency, based in St. Louis. At CPG, Alex assists in producing events for top companies like Ulta Beauty, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Carnival Cruise Lines, and many more

CPG also takes on many passion projects that positively impact the St. Louis community. Alex is the Executive Producer of TEDxStLouisWomen. Over the four years that CPG has produced the event, it has grown to over 3,000 attendees and hosts speakers from across the nation.

We’ll explore:

  • Why and how TEDxStLouisWomen has grown over the last few years.
  • How Alex’s experience as a professional producer and event planner has helped make TEDxStLouisWomen a great event.
  • What Alex looks for when curating the event.
  • Alex’s favorite part about being the executive producer of the event.
  • Alex’s favorite TED talk.
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Episode 167 It’s All About Community – Alysia Dahir
15 May 2018

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All TEDx events share common elements: speakers, an audience, event organizers, and more. But each event is also an experience that is unique to its own time and place. Today’s guest shares how she has taken unique aspects of her local community and integrated them into her TEDx event for greater impact.

Alysia Dahir is a local-born Arizona girl who has traveled the world in search of the magic in culture and society. During this journey she spent her Junior year abroad living in Germany studying language and culture emerging in the society. In the most recent years she was a Federal analyst, a corporate accountant and is CFO for #DQD Inc. She is currently fostering innovation and sustainable practices in education teaching for the Deer Valley and Fountain Hills School Districts. Strengthening inter-connected communities is what has led her to become the organizer for TEDxFountainHills.

We’ll explore:

  • How Alysia became involved with TEDx.
  • Behind-the-scenes info on TEDxFountainHills.
  • The difference between a larger event and a salon.
  • Why you should discover what is unique about your community, and how that uniqueness make a difference.
  • What Alysia looks for when curating an event.
  • Alysia’s favorite thing about being an organizer.
  • Alysia’s favorite TED talk.
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Episode 166 Discovering the Possibilities as a TEDx Organizer – Shelly Govila
10 May 2018

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Today’s guest brings a unique perspective as a TEDx organizer who operates in an east meets west” cultural setting. Shelly Govila shares how she has been a key part of organizing the TEDxWanChai event in Hong Kong and how it has opened up so many possibilities in her life.

An avid follower of TED conferences, Shelly has been organizing large-scale TEDx events in Hong Kong since 2012, helping initiate TEDxHKUST in her university in 2010. She currently serves as Co-Curator and Head of Marketing at TEDxWanChai, one of Hong Kong’s most established TEDx events. Shelly is also a Senior Account Executive at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independent global communications agencies, where she manages client and media relations, event coordination, social media, and digital content.

to joining Ruder Finn, her work experience has been as varied as her many interests, from a local digital agency to the National Basketball Association (NBA) to a boutique hospitality firm in Hong Kong to a national newspaper in India, her home country. Shelly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Operations from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, with a minor in Humanities.

We’ll explore:

  • Behind-the-scenes info about Shelly’s event, TEDxWanChai.
  • The fun things that take place beyond the main stage at the event.
  • How the event has impacted so many students, and created additional events as a result of this impact.
  • Why Shelly became an organizer.
  • What Shelly looks for when curating her event, and their process for selecting speakers.
  • Why Hong Kong is a unique east meets west” setting.
  • How Shelly chased” a female politician in order to secure her as a speaker.
  • Shelly’s favorite thing as an organizer, and how it has impacted her.
  • Shelly’s favorite TED talks.
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Episode 165 The Importance of an Irresistible Idea – Tamsen Webster
08 May 2018

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Many people who view a TED talk realize that preparation is an important part of the process. Today’s guest helps us see that when you combine serious preparation with an irresistible idea, the result can be magic.

Tamsen Webster is an acclaimed keynote speaker, idea whisperer,” and message strategist. She has a combined twenty years in marketing experience, thirteen years as a Weight Watchers leader, and four years as Executive Producer of one of the oldest and one of the largest locally organized TED talk events in the world. Her goal is to help others understand, talk about, and create lasting change. As a result, she is an in-demand consultant on finding the ideas that move people to action.

We’ll explore:

  • Behind-the-scenes info of TEDxCambridge.
  • How the event is unique among TEDx events.
  • The intensive process the speakers go through to prepare for the event.
  • Why speakers must be proactive and find the event that best fits them.
  • Why there is a strong connection between people who reach out to the event organizer directly, and people who do it for the wrong reasons.
  • Two reasons why you SHOULD give a TED talk.
  • Tamsen’s favorite thing about being an event organizer.
  • Tamsen’s favorite TED talks.
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Episode 164 Spreading Great Ideas Through TEDx in Prison – Ajit George
03 May 2018

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TEDx events take place in all kinds of locations and communities. Today’s guest takes us behind the scenes of his efforts to spread great ideas in an unexpected setting: prisons.

Ajit George is a TEDx organizer, creative marketer, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and dream catcher who divides his time between Wilmington, Delaware and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. He has over forty years of experience in creative marketing, strategic planning and business development in many different arenas ranging from broadcasting to non-profits and resort real estate development.

Ajit served as the organizer and executive producer of the 2012-2017 TEDxWilmington Conferences, in addition to numerous other TEDx conferences. The TEDx talks given at TEDxWilmington have been viewed over five million times on YouTube.

We’ll explore:

  • The twelve different TEDx events Ajit was involved in over the past year.
  • Why it’s important to have a tribe of volunteers.
  • More about the salon event in a prison he created last year.
  • What Ajit looks for when curating one of his many events.
  • How to apply as a speaker to TEDxWilmington
  • Ajit’s favorite TED talks.
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Episode 163 The Power to Create Community – Sarah Spang
01 May 2018

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A TEDx event not only impacts the community where it takes place. It also impacts those who help plan and organize it. Today’s guest shares how being a part of TEDx has helped her connect with both those who attend and participate, as well as the community around them.

Sarah G. Spang is Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Envision Greater Fond du Lac, a Chamber of Commerce/economic development corporation hybrid. Sarah has earned an Associate Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and is in the process of finishing her Master of Business Administration.

Her biggest passion comes from being the license holder and lead organizer of TEDxFondduLac. Thus far, TEDxFondduLac has held one event and is working towards the second in the summer of 2018. Sarah travels as often as possible to learn from other TEDx events and also attends TED conferences, including attending TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans and TEDFest 2018 in New York City this spring.

We’ll explore:

  • Behind-the-scenes info on TEDxFondduLac.
  • Why Sarah became an organizer.
  • What Sarah looks for when curating her event.
  • How the audience makes the event possible for the speakers.
  • How the select speakers for TEDxFondduLac.
  • Why Sarah is aiming for 14 speakers for this year’s event.
  • What Sarah enjoys about being a TEDx organizer.
  • Sarah’s favorite TED talk.
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Episode 162 Becoming an Ambassador to Your Community – Chris Daley
26 Apr 2018

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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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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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