My TEDxReno video is now live.
I have to tell you honestly that they had some problems with audio that day, starting with my talk. They edited out the entire front end of my talk, so I share it with you again below so you can know how it really started:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John Kennedy gave us this mantra of citizenship in his 1961 inaugural address. Two hundred and seventeen words before this now famous call to action, he told us why it matters with these words: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.”
I’m glad I got the opportunity to do one of these. It is the most difficult talk I’ve ever given in my life. I bet I spent about 50 hours preparing – something I’ve never done before. The folks at TEDxReno did a very good job helping their speakers to prepare, something that I will try to copy when I help my team organize our next TEDxUniversityofNevada.
The audio problems affected my delivery. You can see me trying to keep my arms away from my body because I thought it was something about my clothing that was causing the loud “pops”. I found out later it had nothing to do with me and was instead a problem with the operation of the equipment. I was the third speaker of the day; I wish the audio problems had ended with me, but they did not.
I left the event with an increased commitment to our TEDxUniversityofNevada 2014 speakers. We will expect our speakers to work hard to give us the best 15 minute talk of their life, and on the day of the event, we will make sure our technology works flawlessly.
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