It’s been an exceptionally busy fall term but most certainly an exciting one!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of TED and it’s offspring of individually organized TED events. Canadian post secondary schools have taken these up as an inspiring, formula following (in a good way) model for a speakers/event series.
My university is hosting its first TEDx conference, and as a member of the organizing committee it has been an eye opening experience.
If you are thinking of hosting a TEDx session, here are my 3 initial points of advice:
1. Get a TED Vetern on board. We’re beyond lucky to have Neel Joshi who has served on the TEDxToronto committee. We’ve been able to tap into Neel’s experiences, values and professionally borrowed resources keeping in the spirit of TEDx.
2. Support Social Media (duh). TEDx thrives on a multi pronged social media strategy. Find out who are the social media connectors in your area and bring them on board early.
3. The WOW Factor. Early on, think through what will be the WOW factor that will set your event apart. This can be a standout presentation, some sort of activity that your developing or something that will feed back into TED. Our group struggled with this but it was self-evident when we came upon it.