TEDxSydney: Popping the TEDx cherry and my favourite bits.

TED Talks and its offshoot TEDx events continue to be a hot ticket so we decided to find out what all the fuss is about.

The Breakfast Brief team attended TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House and as a TEDx newbie, I didn’t really know what to expect. The other half of the team had been to TEDxSydney before and was promising me I’d love it, but I just didn’t know if I would. It was a packed program and I have a short attention span, so I didn’t know if I would be inspired or fried by the end of it. To be honest I was both, but I loved every minute of it.

Here’s a quick overview of my favourite moments from TEDxSydney 2014. 

Markus Zusak – the author of The Book Thief and his very funny reflection on how failure in the Little Athletics discus arena as a child motivated him to draw on failure to make himself better. My favourite observation from him – ‘Is your desk your arena?’

Marlon Williams – a Melbourne musician who was described in the event guide as ‘the impossible love child of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt’, personally I’d throw Chris Isaak in there too for good measure. It was his debut Sydney performance at the Opera House, in front of 2500 people. And he killed it.

Tim & Judy Sharp – quite simply inspiring, funny, loving and a lesson in the power of communication. In a nutshell, if someone doesn’t understand you, find a way to communicate that will help them understand. I can’t do their story justice, check this out.

Oliver Percovich – a man who moved to Kabul with a girlfriend and a skateboard and started Skateistan. An enterprise that has grown skateboarding into the largest female sport in Afghanistan. As he put it, ‘girls aren’t allowed to participate in sport in Afghanistan, but skateboarding was a loophole. It was so new no one had had the chance to say girls couldn’t do it yet’. Loved it.

And finally, Richard Banati a Brain Scientist who quite rightly stated, ‘there’s nothing wrong with astrophysics on a Saturday afternoon’, then proceeded to open the eyes of the audience on the perils of plastic. Apparently 10% of the Flesh-footed Shearwater’s stomach is made up of plastic. Simply frightening.

If you also attended, we’d love to hear what your favourite moments at TEDxSydney were.

About Zena Churchill

Zena Churchill is a Director at Max & Buddy Consulting. She has worked in senior level business roles across national and multinational corporations, as well as being a small business owner. Zena is a strategic thinker and brings a practical, straight-forward approach to marketing and social media. She has a passion for training & development running practical business workshops for small business. Zena is a Certified Practising Marketer (AMI), sometimes tutors in Marketing at the University of Wollongong and is a Senior Consultant with Trinity P3.


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