06 Nov 2014

Inside View of TEDxSMU

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By Erin Suddleson on October 28, 2014

Most people’s first experience with TED is simply watching a talk online.  I am thrilled to say that mine was as a teen host at TEDxKids@SMU 2012. Before this, I had heard of TEDTalks, but I had no idea that there was a TEDx community just a few minutes away.  When a friend told me about TEDxSMU, I immediately did my research and applied to be a teen host. Being a host was such a phenomenal experience. Not only did I get to see TEDx Talks first hand, I had the opportunity to discuss these new ideas with children in the community. In my brief time volunteering I realized how important the TEDx program is for youth, not just for them, but for adults as well. I was so impressed with my group’s creativity and the way they engaged in all of the interactive exhibits. These kids come up with some of the craziest ideas, which is what TED is all about. The sooner they realize that their wildest ideas can become a reality, the sooner they can make their contribution to change the world. I immediately fell in love with this organization and was extremely moved by the talks I heard that day.

This past summer I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to intern with TEDxSMU. I gained first hand experience in public relations and learned the different aspects that are involved in planning a TEDxSMU conference. Most of us just check the website, purchase our ticket, and show up the day of the conference ready to be inspired. But when you attend the conference on November 1st, I want you to take a look around the Dallas City Performance Hall and consider all of the hard work that went on behind the scenes to make this mind-altering experience possible.  The TEDxSMU Team puts so much thought into every decision from the conference’s theme to what speakers appear on that stage. (I would add the social media aspect to reiterate your PR experience.)

From my experience as a host and summer intern, the conference is that much more exciting for me as I realized all of the little pieces that need to come together for a successful conference.

This experience not only gave me a greater appreciation for the TEDx speakers, but for the entire TED community. I am motivated by all of the TEDsters, who are so profound in their field, and come together to generate ideas on how to make the world a better place.

I know that no matter where my career takes me, I will always be a part of the TED family.

I hope to see you all on November 1st!



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