TEDx is not an Ideas-on-Wheels kind of volunteer work where you transport a prepared message. It means setting up your own mini-TED by doing everything from curating live speakers [and] lining up some talks to stream, to marketing, to getting sponsors, to screening attendees to renting a space and bringing in audio-visual experts.
"Some people think we’re crazy: why would you do something that you’re not getting paid for?" said Naomi Wynn, who produces TEDxCanberra in Australia, and whose full-time gig is working for the Australian government’s energy division, which she acknowledges is about as far from TED as you can get.
“But the rewards far exceed any hours that you put in, given the team you build, the people you meet. It’s a great way for you to have an awesome day job and then direct your creative energy in a completely different way. And just to be more experimental and expressive.”
TEDx’ers brainstorm at TEDActive. (Photo by Kris Krug)
This week, hundreds of new and veteran TEDx organizers have assembled at TEDActive for a week of collaboration, insight, and ideas worth spreading.
With all these TEDx’ers in one place, there’s an abundance of advice for new and prospective organizers being thrown around.
In an effort to share these insights with the world outside TEDActive, we’ve asked three experienced organizers one question: “What are the most important steps to preparing TEDx speakers for the stage?”
Below, key points from their advice:
From Mike Lungren of TEDxKC:
From Wardah Jamil of TEDxPhoenix:
From Ruth Milligan of TEDxColumbus:
When over 300 people gathered on Sunday, February 24th at the Merv Griffin estate for what is now the 4th TEDx Workshop at TEDActive, not only did TEDx Director Lara Stein take a look back at the program’s amazing 2012 milestones — the TEDxSummit gathering in Doha, over 5,000 TEDx events and over 200 TEDx Talks on TED.com — but forward with a global community that has quickly grown “from baby to toddler.”