Doing The TED Thing


I arrived in Washington last night, and this morning am experiencing the TED thing.  The conference hasn’t yet begun, but today is the day for speaker prep. I went in for my rehearsal time slot at 8:40am. I was greeted by smiling TED workers and about a million computers everywhere.  Young TED staff busily prepping everything and anything…but still they had time to say hello, and ask if I needed anything.  TED conferences, I am told, are highly organized and produced, and I am witnessing this as true.

My rehearsal went very well. I stayed under my 6 minute time allotment–not that I am one to talk a lot, anyway–and only had a few stumbles on my wording.  No notes, I rely on my slides to keep me on track. And thank god I am showing cartoons. Everybody likes humor and cartoons, so my images distract people from me.  Just the way I have always like it

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About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men
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4 Responses to Doing The TED Thing

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  2. Christina says:

    Good luck! I’m sure you will do fantastic!

  3. Karen Raff says:

    What an honor for you to have been chosen by TEDWomen to make a presentation. So happy for you. Being the keen observer you are, you’re probably reaping a lot of material for future cartoons as you navigate your way around the conference. Can’t wait to see your “take” on this highly efficient organizational environment known as TED and the accomplished women you’re rubbing shoulders with. “Knock ’em dead,” metaphorically speaking, of course!!

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