I wanted to share some of my favorite talks from the TED event I went to over the summer. The marketing and social media presentations were certainly interesting, but the talks that I thought were most interesting were on topics almost completely unrelated to my field of work. That’s the wonderful thing about TED. It creates an environment that few are able to experience after college – intelligent people in completely unrelated fields getting together to share each others experiences and hopes for the future.
You can check out all the TEDx Pennquarter videos here.
Seaton Smith: Reinventing the Black Comedian. I have a special appreciation for comedians. They are among the best public speakers and in order to succeed, they must understand and adjust for what material their audience will think is funny. Seaton explains some of this process, his successes and failures in “black rooms” and “white rooms.”
Christopher McDonnel: Reinventing Running. Christopher shares some fascinating information about homo sapiens’ relationship with running. It’s not a commercial for those new toe shoes, although he did wear them up on stage.
Bram Weinstein: Reinventing Sports Media. Bram shares information about how sports have changed TV as we know it. If you’ve never really thought about how pervasive sports is on TV, the statistics he provides will surprise you.