Montclair TEDx Event Organizers Seeking Local Experts to Talk About Play

TEDxHave you got something to say about play? How fun activities can help keep life interesting, help us keep growing, start enjoying ourselves more and improve work, family or private life? How those in our community can live healthier, better lives?

Then TEDx Montclair is looking for you.

This year’s popular day-long event is pnce again themed Eat, Play, Live, and will present a number of diverse speakers on Saturday, November 9, at Montclair State University. Organizers want to find even more local experts to showcase.

If you’re interested, you have until next Tuesday, September 17, to make your pitch.

Speakers are wanted who can bring new ideas to the stage about the topic of play: “We invite you to tell us about how you play. What do you do for fun? Enjoy the simple pleasures of board games, tag with the kids, or telling jokes? Dance wildly to West African drumming? Play ultimate Frisbee in the park on Sunday? If your version of play creates a space for joy and connection in your life and can inspire others, we want to hear from you. That’s right. This is an invitation to apply to stand in front of an audience and take them to your fun place.This event is designed to inspire action that will create a healthier community.”

If selected, local presenters will join the core group of speakers already confirmed, including restaurateur and Dock to Dish founder, Sean Barrett; author Stacy Horn (Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others); MSU professor of psychology Debra A. Zellner; and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

Locally-organized and staged TEDx events are licensed by and designed in the spirit of major TED talks which showcase national and internationally prominent individuals in diverse disciplines, and to carry out TED’s mission to bring “ideas worth spreading”. Some of the more famous national TED talks have been given by Elizabeth Gilbert (“Your Elusive Creative Genius”), Mary Roach (“10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm”), Ken Robinson (“How Schools Kill Creativity”), and David Gallo (“Underwater Astonishments”). All TED talks are available online, in keeping with their mission of bringing “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world”.

If you want to talk for five to seven minutes, the first step is to apply, and you can do so online. Organizers Suzy Kass and Kathy Smith also have a few tips for prospective applicants, including:

> Focus on one unique aspect of their life play story and not cram information into allotted time. Go deep rather than broad. Taking emotional risks makes for a more compelling talk.

> Finish on time.

> Absolutely no corporate plugs from stage and no company videos.

The organizers are also on the lookout for volunteers.

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