My personal experience doing a TEDx talk (in Dublin)

Annemarie Steen at TEDxTallaght

One day before my TED talk at TEDxTallaght in Dublin I was visiting a local pub. An alcoholic toothless guy (his name was Dan), came up to me and asked me “Where are you from?” And ofcourse I replied with “I’m from The Netherlands, I live in Eindhoven area”. And I asked him the same question: “Where are you from?” And his reply was: “Earth”. I laughed and we started talking. He said “the moment we say where we are from, we distinct ourselves from others, while the earth is such a tiny place in the total universe”. And I thought he’s absolutely right. We are all earthlings.

Last minute, I changed the start of my TED talk based on this idea and my starting sentence became: Hello, my fellow earthlings 😉

Later in our conversation he said: “So you PLAY with people all around the world, AND get paid for it? That sounds like the best job in the world!” And I replied with a big smile: YES!

My biggest fear was that my time (15 min) was too limited to tell my story AND get the audience up and invite them to leave their comfortzone (Play is something very scary for adults) and enter their playzone. Play is an experience product. I invited the audience to experience  5 different types of play; object play, imaginative/pretend play, movement play, creative play and social play. And looking at the faces…it went gr8! (pictures by @rocshot)

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Now, it’s waiting for the video to be released…(3-4 weeks).

If you want to have the first look…you’re welcome to follow/like myfacebookpage.

Wish you a playful day!

Annemarie Steen 🙂

My favorite quotes…

einstein“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” (Roald Dahl)

My favorite quotes…

“The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that.”
Nagle Jackson

My favorite quotes…

People think angels fly because they have wings. Angels fly because they take themselves lightly. (anonymous)

My favorite quotes…

When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing – Tom Robbins

My favorite quotes…

The moment you start seeing life as non-serious, a playfulness, all the burden on your heart disappears. All the fear of death, of life, of love – everything disappears. One starts living with a very light weight or almost no weight. So weightless one becomes, one can fly in the open sky. (Osho)

My favorite quotes

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation

(Plato)

My favorite quotes

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

My favorite quotes

The tragedy of our time is that we’ve got it backwards, we’ve learned to love techniques and use people.

(Herb Kelleher, South West Airlines)

My favorite quotes

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

John Milton