This post is not to publicize the event or tell people what TED or TEDx is.. This post will tell you what I am experiencing during the events and the preparations in very simple language!
Okay.. so a few months back, one of my favorite juniors, came up to me with his idea of organizing a TEDx event! To admit, back then, I had just heard TED's name and knew that it existed but had no idea as to what it actually was! I agreed to help him in the organizing and the management part as it is something I am always up for. Gradually, on researching and watching countless TED and TEDx videos, I came to a conclusion that it is really "My thing" and that this event, no matter what, has to be a huge hit!
We applied for a license, filled out forms and appeared for interviews (believe me, it is much easier to say it like this)and finally procured a license and started to work on the planning. Once, I got so much involved in it that I even thought to skip my boards for it. It became so close to my heart that even when my sleep broke in the middle of the night, I would check the TEDx groups on WhatsApp for new messages and updates.The others literally had to push me to keep aside TEDx for a while and concentrate on boards. Certainly, I was the one who was waiting for the boards to get over most eagerly(This was due to TEDx and a few other reasons too :P).
Once they got over, the work had to start for real. Frankly, we had no idea how to go about it. But, with belief, everything is possible! Knowing that we had got each other's back and with a constant support from the faculty involved, we kick-started the work. Each and every moment, including looking for sponsorships, the printing work, the food arrangements, taught me so much. I know that I will very equally cherish every day of the preparations as I will cherish the event days.
But, we couldn't see ourselves 'not freaking out'. So we took upon our shoulders, the responsibility of a pre-event/fundraiser for the TEDx event. But, today I think that it was the best decision because the response we received and the experience we gained is helping us a lot in this event and will definitely help us in the future!
On many occasions, I personally had the thought that "Panga le liya yaar" because it was a lot of burden but then,"Every wall is a door!". It is very rightly said, "Surround yourself with people who will push you towards success and move along because they are yours'!" I have people who have literally counseled me through the night to continue the good work I am doing(I gravely needed that)
There are people who ask me about the gains I will get from all these efforts! I want to make it clear again that TEDx events are just termed as "No profit, No loss events".The organizers make out a lot of profit from organizing such events. Just that the gains are not monetary, but much more than that!
The experience and the feeling I get from doing such work is much more valuable than a few thousand rupees! The people who say that I am merely wasting time on this are definitely not going to get it ever in their lives! I pity them..
Talking to such awesome personalities about their life experiences, requesting them to share their stories with an audience, dealing with all kinds of people for booking travel, accomodation and food, guiding volunteers about their work, and every little work associated with this event has taught me a different lesson!
I really hope everything goes well in the main event on 13th of may!
Now that, only a few passes are left, don't miss out your chance to be a part of this awesome event and to listen to these amazing speakers. To register click here!
Air Marshal KS Gill,
Prof. Dr. Raj Singh,
Red Arts Punjab
Check out the Facebook page for more information on speakers and the event!
Hope to see you there!
Till then make the best of your time..