Putting together a TEDx event is a lot of work, but having a great team can make it seem effortless. TEDxVictoria organizer Dylan Wilks knows this well. Here, his five pieces of advice on building a team that makes planning a TEDx event feel more like fun than work:
1) Make meetings more like dinner parties: Every member of our organizing team hosts meetings, usually in their home. The more intimate and less formal surroundings really help. We bond over food! Whether at home or other venues, we like to eat good food while we work. Dinner meetings are common for us this year, and make some of the more detail-oriented meetings easier on everyone.
2) Learn together: Our organizers take courses together. One of our partners has been donating seats in their leadership programs to our organization for the last couple years, so we’ve been lucky to be able to send our organizing team as a group to these programs. A week of full-time leadership course work together really helps a team get to know each other — and bond over the carpool commutes.
3) Go out into your community: See an art exhibit; go to a festival; eat at a local cafe. You might find a speaker, sponsor, audience member, and just generally have a great time and learn your fellow team members passions, interests, and strengths.
4) Have fun: It is important to remember to have fun working on your TEDx event. Some of our meetings have started with everyone telling a brief story about what their favorite movie is and why, or where in Victoria their favorite place to eat is. Yes, we love food here.
5) Make a point to be friends: We have shared passion already in what we work on, so it is about making the effort to cultivate friendships while we work together.