Yesterday I spent the entire day in an auditorium full of people listening to talks about subjects ranging from trans-media to daguerreotypes to climate change. It was all part of TEDx Cincy, a local, independently organized event aligned with the big, annual TED conference in California.
I was impressed with the overall organization and flow of the event, but I think the speakers ranged from really good (Dave Knox and Brad King come to mind) to more or less out of place (sorry, Mary Pierce Brosmer.) It was a day of studying what it means to be a good speaker and make a meaningful presentation. Some people got it, and some people didn't. New ideas were introduced, but many of the talks missed having a 'point.' It made me realize that one of the #1 things I learned in design school was how to make a good presentation.
In-between live speakers, we saw a couple videos from TED events around the world. The video above, from Jane McGonigal, was actually my favorite talk of the entire day. She's a dynamic speaker with a good presentation on an interesting topic. I recommend finding 20 minutes to listen to what she has to say.
Laura Baverman, from the Cincinnati Enquirer, wrote a good summary of the day here.