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MaryamPasha
Love them or hate them, panel discussions are here to stay. They are a common format for conferences and events, but, so often, they are a source of stress for organisers, anxiety for speakers and frustration for audiences.
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Most of us are familiar with the role a curator plays in a gallery or museum. But it wasn’t until I started attending and running TEDx events that I realised that curation was not only a part of organising conferences and talks, but it was also vital!
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Since starting my own business a year ago, I have been asking myself this question quite a lot. After a decade of working in the charity and human rights sector where I was so solidly defined by the causes I was working on, it was daunting to figure out what I was about now.
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I’ve worked with some outstanding speakers over the last 10 years for TEDxEastEnd and other events. For the most part, my experiences have been positive, and I’ve been privileged to work with dedicated and very talented speakers who take what they are doing seriously.
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Last week I was fortunate enough to see the opening session of TED 2016: Dream. It got me thinking about TED’s famous tag line: ideas worth spreading. What makes one talk stand out? What makes you share a talk and tell your friends about it? Why did I immediately share one talk when it came online...
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TED talks are compelling; they keep your attention, they communicate complex ideas simply, they inspire, and utimately they are about sharing a great idea. The format is simple – one idea, eighteen minutes maximum, no reading and no complex slides.
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We have all been at an event where the AV fails. It can be frustrating and upsetting for the event organisers, distracting for the audience and disappointing for the speakers. Often the technical aspects can feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a technical background. So what can you do and what do you need to know?
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Curating the order in which people speak during your event can be as impactful as the speakers on stage. Organising TEDx events for the past five years has fundamentally changed the way I think about a speaker line-up.
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TED talks get millions of views and thousands of people have attended TED and TEDx events around the world every year. Whether you are a TED fan or not, it is undeniable that the TED events and talks attract large audiences and keep them engaged.
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