How to get the most out of a TED event

By John Girard: Learn more about his talk here.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone to 14 TED events over the years, stretching back to the early days of the conference when it was still held in Monterey, California, and when the eponymous TEDTalk didn’t even exist. I’ve learned a few things over the years (sometimes the hard way!) and wanted to share a few pointers on how to have a great TED.

The TED experience (whether TED Conference or TEDx or any of the other spinoffs) is likely very different than anything you have ever experienced, and it’s worth knowing that going in (and maybe even doing a little planning).

The first thing to know: every TED event is an extraordinarily engaging and exhausting experience! You’re likely to leave with you head overwhelmed from the ideas you’ve been exposed to, and your heart overflowing from the connections you’ve made. If you’re completely spent and maybe even a little confused at the end of it all, don’t worry – that means you did it right.