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Making time to watch all the archived videos from #TEDxNYED 2012

Click the bottom of the player window above to navigate between TEDxNYED speakers or click below to watch specific talks from:

Jenny Buccos (@goodglobalcitiz)

Jose Vilson (@TheJLV)

Juliette LaMontagne (@jlamontagne)

Jim Groom (@jimgroom)

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree)

Jaimie Cloud (@cloudinstitute)

Chris Emdin (@chrisemdin)

Adam Bellow (@adambellow)

Sophie Altchek (@sophiealtchek)

Tony Wagner (@drtonywagner)

Bre Pettis (@bre)

Patrick Honner (@MrHonner)

Frank Noschese (@fnoschese)

Jaymes Dec (@jaymesdec)

I finally have time to watch the TEDxNYED 2012 videos! I was too busy running around backstage (and all over the Museum of the Moving Image) on the day of the actual event to witness any of the live talks. Recently, our production team from True Life Media (@truelifemedia) uploaded the edited videos to a TEDxNYED YouTube playlist on the TEDxTalks channel. Now that the school year is winding down, I have available pockets of time to watch the talks. Baruch Hashem.

Looking back, April 28th was probably one of the most stressful days of my recent history. Still, even with all the anxiety (and figurative/literal blood, sweat, tears), it was gratifying when volunteers generously showed up on Friday and Saturday for much needed assistance, speakers enthusiastically thanked us, attendees waved aside the glitches, and when people shared positive and thoughtful tweets and blog posts.

These last few years, I’ve learned a lot about how to organize, delegate, and negotiate, and the process has changed me. I clearly have a ways to go, and I greatly appreciate everyone that has been a part of my development – most recently, this year’s batch of TEDxNYED co-organizers including Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Kiersten Jennings Chou (@choutofu), Tammy McKenna (@tmck76), and Matthew Moran (@matthewpmoran).

Many thanks need to belatedly go to:

Homa Tavangar (@growingupglobal) for hosting the event

The Horace Mann School (@HMschool) and The Dwight School (@thedwightschool) for their incredibly generous support

Flik Independent School Dining (@FlikISDining) for partnering with us and providing healthy food all day long

Museum of the Moving Image (@MovingImageNYC) for their glorious theater and helpful staff including B.G. Hacker (Director of Events) and Chris Wisniewski (Deputy Director for Education )

WhippleHill (@whipplehill) for their organizational support

Livestream (@livestream) for streaming the event

True Life Media (@truelifemedia) for all their hard work streaming, filming, editing the videos of our talks

Teq (@TeqPD) and The School at Columbia University (@The_School) for their support

AppBaker (@appbaker) for the awesome TEDxNYED app

Wayne K. Lin (@wayneklin) for his awesome photos of TEDxNYED

Clare Anderton for helping us design the program and nametags

Tabitha, Akio, Dong, Zoe, Milagros, Lautaro, and the high school students from Horace Mann and Dwight (apologies if I missed anyone…) for their generous volunteerism

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Great preso by @TEDChris about the XYZs of a Truly Terrible #TED Talk. #TEDxSummit

I’m at the inaugural TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar. It is a ridiculously amazing opportunity for 700 TEDx license holders from 90 countries to gather and share ideas. http://tedxsummit.ted.com

I’m currently in a session entitled, “Must Haves.” Rather than present “The ABCs of a Truly Awesome TED Talk,” Chris Anderson, curator of TED (http://ted.com), just offered, “The XYZs of a Truly Terrible TED Talk.” He’s amazing.

Here’s his hilarious list of what not to do when delivering a TED Talk:

Take a really long time to get started

This is too important to be just a talk. Slow down and orate!

Make sure everyone knows how important you are.

Keep referring back to your brilliant book

To make yourself seem smart, use abstract language and lofty concepts.

Who needs real substance? All that matters is that you inspire.

No need to build an argument. You’re too good a speaker to have to actually persuade people.

If you’re an artist or architect, try to sound as intellectual as possible…and if that leaves no time time to actually share your work, no worries.

Remember, no time to waste telling stories.

If your case is a little feeble, slip in pseudo-scientific jargon to beef it up.

Copy your visuals off the web. It’s so easy. No one will notice.

Be very serious. Humor is a terrible distraction.

Slip in some snarky political comments.

Give lots of details about the history and structure of your organization.

Cram in every single aspect of your work.

Don’t bother rehearsing for time.

You know you’re a great speaker. Wing it.

Memorizing 90% of your talk should be fine.

Be cunning and read your talk off the confidence monitor!

At all costs, avoid eye contact with audience members.

Great TED Talks follow a formula. Crack the code and copy it!

Don’t risk being true to yourself.

Emotions matter. The audience is there to be manipulated.

Use at least one gratuitous picture of a family member.

It’s easy to fit 3000 words into 18 minutes; just talk faster.

End with a subtle hint about your organization’s crucial funding needs…and linger on stage waiting for a standing ovation.

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