The TED Talk Phenomenon-I am in Awe


I recently started reading Dr. Brene Brown¬†Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I’m only in the first chapter, but I was struck how she described TED Talks. Look at this for a moment.

“TED- a nonprofit addressing the worlds of Technology, Entertainment, and Design that is devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TED and TEDx organizers bring together ‘the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers’ and challenge them to give the talk of their life in eighteen minutes or less.” -Page 13 (on my Kindle)

Let me highlight that again: and challenge them to give the talk of their life in eighteen minutes or less.

My Student Affairs Student Programming side of myself is going crazy with ideas! Imagine if we organized an event where our students or our faculty or even staff volunteered to give the “Talk of their Life in Eighteen Minutes or less” can you imagine what they would say? Can you imagine what kind of day that would be like in their college experience, let alone the campus community. I imagine it has already started. I hope one day to be part of such a day. I’m looking forward to the day they have TEDCollege or TEDStudent links. I bet companies could even join the band wagon and have TEDWorks.

I am at awe that we live in a world today that TED Talks exists and there is this amazing platform for people to share who they are, what they know, and to truly be vulnerable, if they chose :). I bet the vulnerable just comes to you when you stand up there, your are looking out at the audience and realize, this is it. This is my TED Talk.

We all have a TED talk in us. I know it.

Good work people!

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