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Amy Peach

Director of Instructional Technology, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO USA


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If you had one year to prepare to apply for an invitation to TED, what would you do?

As many of us know, those who are invited to TED events usually have an impressive resume coupled with natural enthusiasm and excitement for learning. If you had one year to pursue new opportunities that would give you the best chance to earn that invitation, what would you do? I'm curious to see how everyone's respective disciplines prepare for something like this.


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    Oct 16 2013: Amy, Let me turn this around. First of all I do not think that a person should be required to submit their own application. Invites should be based on recommendations of others and a investigation by the TED Committee. Having said that, try this. Ask a fellow worker to evaluate you for a TED talk and you evaluate them.

    We all get in the dumps ... I often worry about what I have accomplished and if I have "left a mark". I take a deep dark look and am never really satisfied. Then out of the clear blue a person will come up to me and say coach I was ready to quit but you would not let me ... you had faith in me when no one else did ... when things get tough I still think of you and do not want to let you down so I dig in and try harder ... just wanted you to know how much you mean to me. Thanks. .... This is followed by going to the restroom and blowing the nose and complaining that a bug flew into my eye ... the tears will wash it out ... thanks I'm alright.

    The point is you do things all the time without a second thought. You may never know how many people you influence. By letting someone else evaluate you it will allow you to to see the other side of the mirror. Kinda like letting Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life take you on a tour. Ding, ding, ding.

    I think it would be great if TED had five minutes between speakers and introduced up and coming ... and local heroes one at a time. People that have made a difference in their profession, the community, enriched lives of others, etc .... They are not the world shakers and movers but they are the bedrock of what we are all about.

    As for me .. prepare for a TED talk ... does wetting my pants in front of all those smart people count? If so then I am ready.

    Always a pleasure to respond to your conversations.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Oct 17 2013: I really needed this laugh today, Bob! :) I've had so many situations similar to yours. It's hard to know if what you're doing is working or not. Just last week I had a former student come in and while he's told me that he learned something valuable in my class before, he gave me another joyful surprise this time. He took an online course from someone else here and he noticed something almost immediately. "Peach has had her hands on this", he told me. Apparently the faculty member has taken a number of my trainings and has thankfully taken advice on keeping things organized and providing back up help for students. That was great to hear.

      I'm still hashing through this and I'd love to hear what others have to say before I submit a final post on a plan. I'm already taking your idea about five minutes between speakers, though. We have a technology institute on campus and I think I'm going to run some highlights of our participants who are teachers as they walk between sessions. I think this is why I want to come to TED someday. I can post a simple question here and get 20 fantastic ideas that may or may not have anything to do with the intended subject.

      Thanks as always, Bob!!

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