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.

Interview Links

18 Minutes of Impact by Dolores Hirschmann
New Beginnings by Dolores Hirschmann
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Episode 167 It’s All About Community – Alysia Dahir
15 May 2018

Summary

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 165 The Importance of an Irresistible Idea – Tamsen Webster
08 May 2018

Summary

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 163 The Power to Create Community – Sarah Spang
01 May 2018

Summary

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.
Interview Links
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Episode 161 Building Bridges in India – Raashi Saxena
24 Apr 2018

Summary

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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