I remember when discussing TEDxUF 2016, it was an event in the future. It was something a year away, then it was a few months away and now the event is only a few days away. This day is something I new would come, although some of the set backs and an internal crisis lead me to fear that it would never come. Yet here we are only one short day before TEDxUF and naturally I took until today to finish this post.
To tell you more about my writing post, I’ve enlisted the help of one of my (newly) favorite talks: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator by Tim Urban. This hilarious talk was recently referred to me by a friend, and as I watched I personally identified with almost every part of the talk. It helped me recently understand that I have two ways of procrastination, the first is justification. An example of this was the process to create this post, my process to finishing it was interrupted by spontaneous burst of energy to do all the things I’ve been procrastinating other than writing of course. Before long I had applied for my passport, filed by income taxes, and checked a couple things off my TEDxUF To-do List. While all of these things were productive, didn’t get me very far with the actual task at hand. However, this situation is still far superior to the second alternative of taking a nap rather than working on this post.
Now fast forward, as the days leading up to TEDxUF and juggling all of my tasks leading up to the event writing this post has gone to the bottom of the pile. But while I was away from writing this, the team and I were busy creating an event that is more than a collection of talks, more than a conference, and more than you expect. Not only can you hear about new ideas but we hope to create a connection to something you may have not know about. Our event includes food trucks, networking breaks, break dancing, acapella, as well as a forum for our attendees to network and discuss.
This year we’ve done things we’ve never been able to do and create a year-long awareness of TEDxUF. We have partnered with Teach for America to discuss education, networked with attendees of One World UF to challenge how we will save the world, and volunteered at Project Makeover UF to create an impact for future students. We've traveled to Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and Atlanta for other TEDx conferences to interact with other teams and attendees over unique ideas worth spreading. We used social media to connect with our attendees, spread the world, and to shock our friends with dramatic TEDx profile photos. The connections we’ve been able to make before the event even begins shows us that our community is ready to discuss and do more at this year’s event.
With Identity our speakers have found a way to tell their stories and connect with our attendees. We challenge you you take a step out of you comfort zone and learn something new. Can't be there in person? Make sure to tune into the livestream.
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