Monday, October 10, 2011

TEDxSMU Auditions: Time is Ticking Away

When I signed up for the TEDxSMU Auditions it was the middle of August when the Texas heat was so intense you could fry up a whole chicken on the hood of your Ford truck.

Now it's October, I have survived, I have also realized I signed up and/or volunteered for things like a man soon to die. October has become an out of my comfort zone experience. This audition being what my Dad would call a personality growing experience.

So here it the ruff draft. I'll be one of 13 people presenting a 3 minute lecture on a topic of our own choosing. 4 judges and an audience pole will decide who goes on to present an extended lecture at TEDxSMU in December. Here is the itinerary. Thank god I"m not going last, but on the other hand most of my friends are well known for running late...

Brad Ford Smith                "What People Reach For When Things Fall Apart"
Christian Genco                "Outsource Your Brain: Why Everyone Needs to Learn How to Program."
Golbahar Dadyan             "Unlocking the Creative Genius: Living the Dream Circuit"
Jon Eric Fountain              "Follow My Heels"
Will Clarke                           "Seeing Through The Haze: Why Do We Haze?"
RJ Daum                               "Wild Mustangs, Wild Life"
Short Break- music
Sean Springer                    "Making Good Product: Inspirations, Sensations and Values"
Stacy Cherones                 "Make Cafeterias Complete"
Jasmin  Brand                    "What Ike Turner & Social Media Have in Common"
Belinda Baldwin                "The Power of You"
Darren Collins                    "Disaster Relief Housing: A Clown's Perspective"

There will be a short intro of each speaker- just name and talk title.

Each speaker will only have 3 minutes. Anyone that goes over 3 minutes will be pulled off the stage, but in a fun way :)

Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin the program at 7:00. We will have one short break with live music by Kerri Arista. She will also perform at the end while we are counting ballots and the judges deliberate. A winner will be announced that night.

We strongly urge any additional guests buy their ticket online since we will only be selling tickets at the door if we don’t sell out before. Ticket link:

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