Episode 160 The Difference Between Speaking and Spreading an Idea

160 The Difference Between Speaking & Spreading an Idea – Josh O’Connor

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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:</P<

  • 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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