Update: Here is the recording of my TEDxBSU talk! (Source: TEDx YouTube Channel)


Next week will be quite a busy one for me as I will be delivering four talks, one at the New York Institute of Technology and the other three during Bridgewater State University’s (BSU) annual Social Media Week events, with the big one on stage at the inaugural TEDx event at BSU.

This Monday, February 23rd, beginning at 5:00pm EST, I will be one of eight speakers at TEDxBSU, organized and sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) and Student Government Association (SGA). Thrilled, humbled, nervous, and excited are just a few of the words that describe how I am feeling leading up to the big event.

Of course, there are three statements I’ve thought and said since being granted with this opportunity:

  • “Holy crap, I have always wanted the opportunity to speak at an independently organized TEDx event!” – After applying a few months back for the opportunity, I didn’t think I would be selected (really, I thought it would be quite cliche!) However, after getting the invitation from the OSIL and SGA, I couldn’t be more excited and proud that my first TEDx talk will be at my home institution.
  • “Thank goodness the in-person audience will be an intimate 100 people. Wait, it’s going to be live-streamed AND recorded too?” – What’s cool is that the 100 person audience will be 2/3 students, with the other 1/3 being faculty, staff, and guests. We’ll be hosting viewing locations on campus (Conant Science Building, room 120) and folks will be able to watch live wherever they are with an internet enabled device.
  • “What stories and salient information will I focus on in 12 minutes?” – My talk, “Level Up! Unlocking the Power of Digital Engagement in Higher Education” will focus on my passions, of course. But how will I narrow all of my energy, thoughts, facts, and stories into such a short timeframe? I’ve watched enough TED and TEDx talks to know that I must capture the audience’s attention quickly, then illuminate those “ideas worth spreading” in an engaging, creative way. What will I share specifically from my professional experiences, along with the academic knowledge from my doctoral program? I guess you’ll just have to tune in to find out!  🙂

Last year, I had the chance to deliver my first recorded Pecha Kucha talk at the ACPA 2014 Convention in Indianapolis. This year, I’ll get to build on that experience with this TEDx talk. I am so grateful to the staff and students in OSIL and SGA for this “professional bucket list” opportunity and hope I can match my colleagues’ energy and presence on stage this Monday night. Please feel free to tune in, tweet to #TEDxBSU to share your thoughts and encouragement, and let us know how we all did!

What advice would you give me as I prepare my TEDxBSU talk? What are some of your favorite TED and/or TEDx talks that I should watch in preparation?


  • Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s Schools Kill Creativity twice.

    You’ll notice two major things that he does in 19 minutes.

    1) He doesn’t move his feet at all. He gives the entire speech standing in one spot. Yes, this is partial because he suffered from polio but just realize the power of his talk all without any physical movement on stage.

    2) He uses no visuals.

    Sir Ken Robinson goes for 19 minutes, standing in one spot, with no visual elements and it is still one of the most popular TED talks of all time. That is truly mastering the craft of these types of deep dives into a specific subject through lecture.

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