1. Play It OffThe wireless presenter ran out of juice for urban farmer Mitch Hagney. He just kept going as if nothing had happened. Mitch and I had done a few practices together, so I knew he had great slides. But he was so cool up there that I just assumed he had decided, on the spot, to just bail on the slidedeck and connect with the audience directly. That was the most amazing accomplishment in a day filled with them, for me. When all else fails, make the connection with the audience and go for it!
2. Humor Will Save UsMolly Cox is a force of nature. She and Victor Landa were the emcees, doing transitions between the speakers. If you watched live, you know how great they were. But I'm not sure their work will get compiled into a video for posterity, which is a shame (note to self: query the TEDxSanAntonio people....), so I want to highlight one moment. After a particularly moving speech, where the audience and the speaker and, allegedly, Molly, were fighting tears, Molly had to give the transition to the next speaker. She had two minutes to clear our mental palates. When I asked her after the event about that moment, she said she was just looking for a joke, something she could hold onto. She nailed it. She found a joke from early in the previous speech and surfed it for two minutes, doing that improv thing where you just beat the material to death. It was perfect. A really difficult moment to pull off. The lesson is this: sometimes humor is the ONLY way out. Keep at it until it starts working.
Lighting never works when you want it to. Eat your heart out, @TheEllenShow. #tedxsanantonio #selfie pic.twitter.com/SlmKTv7mfb
— Molly Cox (@themollycox) October 18, 2014