The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Tricky business » » How to Give a TED Talk - One Magician's Journey (3 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
Hey everyone,

Ever since I delivered a TEDx talk in June and the video hit YouTube a month ago I've received questions and comments from magicians and non-magicians alike the world over asking about the process. People want to know, what's it like to give a TED talk? When I was first preparing for my own I searched for blogs written by people who had given one, hoping to learn about it from first hand experiences, but found very little out there. So I've compiled a huge 5000 word post describing my entire experience from start to finish.

You'll find it here: http://brianmillermagic.com/how-to-give-......journey/

If you have any questions that I didn't address, please let me know.

Thanks,

Brian
charliecheckers
View Profile
Inner circle
1968 Posts

Profile of charliecheckers
Thanks Brian - I will give it a read latter in the week.
jugglery
View Profile
New user
29 Posts

Profile of jugglery
Thanks for posting this, Brian.

I'm a presenter for a TEDx talk in October, so I'm in the midst of refining the message and style. Your blog post was very helpful.

Steve
Steve Russell

www.steverusselljuggles.com

Video Editing - www.GigReels.com
Dick Oslund
View Profile
Inner circle
8363 Posts

Profile of Dick Oslund
Uhhhh, please excuse an old geezer butting in, but WHUT is a TEDx talk??? (I must plead ignorance or stupidity!) Maybe, I was just born too soon...
SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK
Mindpro
View Profile
Inner circle
9835 Posts

Profile of Mindpro
The TEDx Talks are a pretty well respected series of lectures by professionals and specialists on their area of success. Brian recently presented a great presentation on his topic as a performer and lecturer. He also took the time to create a release/announcement campaign and focused on making the whole experience have interest, appeal and a lifespan of benefits to him and his business extending long beyond its normal reach and appeal. You should search youtube and check them out, starting with Brian's.
Dick Oslund
View Profile
Inner circle
8363 Posts

Profile of Dick Oslund
Thanks Mindpro!
SNEAKY, UNDERHANDED, DEVIOUS,& SURREPTITIOUS ITINERANT MOUNTEBANK
charliecheckers
View Profile
Inner circle
1968 Posts

Profile of charliecheckers
Brian - I read your journey. Thanks for providing so many details. It was interesting to discover all the things one has to take into account in order to have a strong performance as well as plans to maximize the benefits.
bubbleburst2004
View Profile
Veteran user
370 Posts

Profile of bubbleburst2004
Brian, congratulations on the talk and sharing your insights. I learnt a lot .

My only concern is that you sometimes advertise it as a TED talk, when it was actually a TEDx talk. Quite a difference. And perhaps a little disrespectful of the guys who have done TED talks. Yes, once you read or watch further you see the reality, but your title and sig file are a little bit misleading. Like the magicians who claim to have performed at the Castle or on a cruise ship, when all they did was a card trick at the bar or perform in the passenger show.
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
Bubbleburst2004: I can appreciate what you're saying, but I don't see it as a big deal. As you noted, I only use "TED Talk" in the title or link, which is for SEO purposes. I am always transparent about it being a TEDx talk in the blog posts. Plus, most people have no idea what the difference is between TED and TEDx. Your analogy to performing a card trick at the bar in the Castle isn't quite fair, I don't think.

In any regard, thanks for watching and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Really appreciate the support!
Mindpro
View Profile
Inner circle
9835 Posts

Profile of Mindpro
I agree with this as well. Most people will not distinguish the difference and Brian is quite upfront with everything and what it is. I think many here are also missing some interesting points in relation to this presentation. Like most around here, everyone is seeming to only focus on the talk itself and perhaps the topic.

But in a much bigger picture, from a business perspective, I think Brian should be complimented on his approach (that many seemed to miss) to this event as a whole. His whole idea of a pre-event release and announcement to create interest and awareness while creating a buzz and anticipation leading up to the event itself was a very good use of pre-promotion and multi-media resources.

His announcement/release was well thought out, crafted and produced specifically how he wanted it presented to serve its purpose of pre-event promotion, as well as what he is doing with the back end. Using press and media and related resources to incorporate into all of our performances, presentation and business offerings is something missed and really not understood by most performers, and I applaud Brian for not only realizing and understanding this, but taking the steps (actions) to make this happen for him and thus taking control of an opportunity often missed by others. I enjoyed watching your efforts, the process and the results. Well done.
Dannydoyle
View Profile
Eternal Order
20192 Posts

Profile of Dannydoyle
How many people have to be put off by it for it to matter?

I have no idea still the difference but if there is one then it is odd to make the mistake intentionally. To those who do know the difference it is a let down.

Point is if people indeed do not know the difference changing it should not be a big deal.
Danny Doyle
<BR>Semper Occultus
<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
Quote:
On Aug 9, 2015, Dannydoyle wrote:
How many people have to be put off by it for it to matter?

I have no idea still the difference but if there is one then it is odd to make the mistake intentionally. To those who do know the difference it is a let down.

Point is if people indeed do not know the difference changing it should not be a big deal.


A whole lot more than 1 person of the nearly 100,000 people who have watched it have to be put off for me to change the strategy. And it's not such an odd "mistake" to make: Most people search Google for TED talks whether they mean TED or TEDx (because they don't know the difference). For that reason it says "TED" in the title and link, in order to show up in Google results. As soon as you click it, the post says "TEDx conference" everywhere.

And since the charge is that "someone who has given a TED talk might be offended," then I will take it seriously when someone who has given a TED talk gets offended. Right now, it's just one person who has not given a TED talk speaking on their behalf. I see no reason for me to change my strategy as a result.

But I welcome a further discussion.

SIDE NOTE: Danny, since you say you don't understand the difference, here it is: TEDx talks are independently organized by local communities under the strict guidelines and philosophy of TED. One must apply for a TEDx license from TED and pass a very stringent set of conditions to receive it, and must reapply every single year.

UPDATE: I've changed it as a trial to see how it looks/works.
Dannydoyle
View Profile
Eternal Order
20192 Posts

Profile of Dannydoyle
Well it seems to me that intentionally using the wrong name to get better Google result is wrong.

Why wait until someone is offended? If it is wrong it is wrong.

Whqt you will never know is those who simply do jot use you BECAUSE of what they perceived as a false claim. Many a comic has run into the perception that they lied about a resume and had tough time finding work and never knew why.

I just don't see the reason is all. The accomplishment stands on its own. It is fantastic and getting invited is great in and of itself. It went great. Why play games for better Google results?
Danny Doyle
<BR>Semper Occultus
<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
This came across my Facebook feed today: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/w......iLE3xZHJ

Apparently even Rolling Stone doesn't know the difference. Same thing. Referred to as "TED talk" but then states "at a TEDx conference" - this vernacular is pretty universal. To say "TED talk" at a "TEDx conference" which is what I did. Thoughts?

I never said it was a TED conference or the TED main event.
Dannydoyle
View Profile
Eternal Order
20192 Posts

Profile of Dannydoyle
My thoughts haven't changed. Being as ignorant as Rolling Stone makes me feel no less ignorant for not knowing.

Doing it like that to boost Google results is what your intent is. Do the people at TED mind? Ask them if it is ok to misrepresent on purpose. If they don't mind nobody else should. I wouldn't if they don't.
Danny Doyle
<BR>Semper Occultus
<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
TomBoleware
View Profile
Inner circle
Hattiesburg, Ms
2729 Posts

Profile of TomBoleware
The difference is: TEDx is not for professional speakers, such as motivational speakers and the like.
Its purpose is to give a platform to those who don’t normally have one. TEDx focuses more on the
local community while TED takes more of a global approach.

I think that is what bubble was saying.


Still, I too thought Brain did a great job.

Tom
Do What Others Do And You Will Become Average

The Daycare Magician Book
www.amazekids.com/magic-downloads/childrens-magic-ebooks/the-daycare-magician/

Tom Boleware
www.tomboleware.com
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
EDIT: In any regard, I changed it earlier for those of you who were offended. I will continue to look into the issue.
Dannydoyle
View Profile
Eternal Order
20192 Posts

Profile of Dannydoyle
I was and am not offended in the least. I think you did a fantastic job as I said.
Danny Doyle
<BR>Semper Occultus
<BR>In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act....George Orwell
TomBoleware
View Profile
Inner circle
Hattiesburg, Ms
2729 Posts

Profile of TomBoleware
No I’m not offended either. Not at all.

TEDx is a part of TED. And Brain did openly say on here in the beginning that he was doing it mainly
for the experience of being on a talk show that didn’t want just a performance.

Tom
Do What Others Do And You Will Become Average

The Daycare Magician Book
www.amazekids.com/magic-downloads/childrens-magic-ebooks/the-daycare-magician/

Tom Boleware
www.tomboleware.com
BrianMillerMagic
View Profile
Inner circle
CT
2043 Posts

Profile of BrianMillerMagic
Quote:
On Aug 9, 2015, Dannydoyle wrote:
I was and am not offended in the least. I think you did a fantastic job as I said.


Oh I know! It's good to hear the difference of opinion on a subject like this. Thanks.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Tricky business » » How to Give a TED Talk - One Magician's Journey (3 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.27 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL