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Preparing for TEDxGeneva

2014 . 04 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

On Monday, I’ll be in Switzerland, speaking at TEDxGeneva. Right now, I’m on a plane to Paris.

These last few weeks, a lot of my time has been devoted to preparing my talk—writing and re-writing the text, learning it and learning to perform it. At times like these I am so grateful I did a good deal of theater as a younger person! That said, more than any other thing in my life, the one thing that prepared me for TEDx is this talk my partner gave a few years ago to a conference for environmentally conscious designers:


His use of slides as a kind of animation blew my mind. And I knew right then and there that one day I wanted to do something similar, and, for me, that means lots of drawing.



drawing drawing

These are two of the many slides I cut from my talk as I honed my message. I threw them out when I axed a whole section of the talk, but, when I look at them now, they seem to be a kind of warning: “don’t waste people’s time by talking prettily but saying nothing.” Of course, dearest kitty, I promise you I won’t!

TEDxGeneva
7 April from 3 PM to 9:30 PM
Go here for tickets!

Salle des fêtes de Carouge
rue Ancienne 37
1227 Carouge, Switzerland


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(4) Comments / Commentaires: Preparing for TEDxGeneva

-- Michelle -- 2014 . 04 . 04 --

Wow! Great video - Good luck on your talk I’m sure you’ll be awesome.

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 04 . 05 --

Thank you Michelle!

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-- Jinx -- 2014 . 04 . 07 --

Your talk tonight at TEDx geneva was truely inspiring, in its content AND form. Your way of seeing creativity and culture and the power of copying put things in a new light for me! Hope that your talk will be posted on ted.com, you would have really earned it!

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 04 . 10 --

Thank you so much, Jinx!!  It was so much fun and I have a mad crush on all of Geneva after the lovely reception it gave me.  You are all so warm and kind!

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