We successfully completed our first TEDx event. TEDxISHCMCAmericanAcademy was a year in the making. This was hands down the most exciting part of my career. I am thankful to all those who helped make it possible.
To orchestrate a successful event, you don't need a rule book. You'll need about 100 rulebooks. TED has guidelines for you to adapt the TEDx Brand legally. If it was an easy event, everyone would be doing it. What made it possible was the incredible Co Organizer I had, the incredible support I got from teachers and the hidden talent held by our students.
For the schools or teachers that are eager to run their own TEDx event, I would like to give you three key pieces of advice. First and foremost, make sure its something everyone wants to do. Without buy-in, you'll never get off the ground. Administration marketing, teachers and parents all need to know in advance this is a school priority. Secondly, be certain you have a core group of teachers and students to head the event. Explaining the complicated jargon TED uses and weeding through the fine print is a full time job. Without a team to do this, you'll burn your teachers out. Students or a TEDx club can be an invaluable resource. And third, start small. There is no need to make this the biggest event your school has ever seen. The more speakers you bring in, the more time the event will take, the more training you have to do. All this will lead to less quality and overlooking of detail. Paying attention to detail is so crucial.
If you still need some advice on whether or not a TEDx event is for you, let me tell you,it is! It won't be easy, but it will all be worth it. I suggest going to a nearby TEDx event and participating in the follow-up dialogues held a day after.
Please take a look at our event and watch some of the students Tedx Talks here
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