12 Most Terrific Things About TEDTalks
I was introduced to TEDTalks around 4 years ago in Tokyo by William Reed. He showed me a talk that Seth Godin did about marketing.
I visualised myself doing one of these talks myself one day and started to celebrate how good it would feel.
On Saturday, September 10, I will talk at TEDxHomer.
The 12 Most Terrific Things About TEDTalks are:
1. The huge vision and energy of the founder Chris Anderson
His vision was galactic and TED has spread around the world.
2. The effect that the internet and in particular YouTube has had.
TEDTalks have been viewd over 100 million times.
Even with the spread to TEDx and the granting of licenses to hundreds of local events worldwide since 2009, the brand has been maintained.
4. Friendships I have made
My friends Jennifer Barr, Kat Haber and Lonnie Hodge live and breathe TED. At least weekly I see them talking about it somewhere or another online. Thanks Kat for giving me the chance to talk at your event.
The world comes together. For free. The ability to do this still astonishes me.
Speaker days such as TED Events are perfect for Twitter. At the very first TEDx event in May 2009 some friends and I took TEDxTokyo to number 2 in the most tweeted about topic in the world at that time. That was an extremely exciting and formative experience for me. It has never neen repeated by any TED Event. We did tweet a lot that day! TED was already known to many in the community but it was the first that anyone had heard of TEDx. There is an especially interesting woman in Twitter named Maria with the handle @brainpicker. She tweets a lot about TED and other clever things. I aspire to get to her level one day.
TED Heads. They meet on and offline. It’s a movement!
There is no limit to them. Sometimes writing a book is beyond us but we have perhaps one great idea or point to make. A TEDTalk is a fantastic vehicle for this.
Could a short talk be so good that it could actually be the catalyst for massive change? I believe so.
TEDTalks are an incredible resource. My niece has a wonderful teacher who plays her class a talk a day. This is something.
When there is a dedicated and engaged community and when a brand is so strong, some TEDTalks get seen a lot. It is a community effort, not necessarily organized in any way. The brand seems to have taken wings of its own.
Do not tell me you do not have a talk in you. We all have an idea or an area of expertise to share. What would you talk about?
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