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TEDxNormal 2017

Back to Normal: TEDx Returns to Normal Theater November 11, 2017

TEDxNormal 2017 will welcome a diverse lineup of nine speakers, including entrepreneurs, influencers, psychologists, business leaders, and others, all bringing their big idea with them to share on stage at the Normal Theater. The event, which is in its third year, will take place on November 11, 2017 from 9AM-12PM. The talks, which will range… Continue Reading


TEDx Speakers: What to Expect to Get Out of Your Experience

Every speaker has different expectations and goals related to their TEDx talk. After the conclusion of the first ever TEDxNormal in November of 2015, each speaker was asked several questions to help future speakers prepare for their talks and to further the impact of each TEDxNormal 2015 speaker’s message. We asked each speaker “what value… Continue Reading


What’s Important When Preparing for a TEDx Talk? TEDxNormal Speakers Answer

Even with months or a year to prepare, gearing up for a TED talk can be difficult because of the format and the potential impact a motivational or inspirational talk can have. There’s a lot of pressure to perform. To help future speakers with their upcoming talks, whether being at a TEDx event or a… Continue Reading


“What a Grandma’s Experience Taught Me About Storytelling” Kim Behrens Kaufman TEDxNormal Talk Recap

Whether we realize it or not, storytelling impacts every aspect of our lives. From social media posts to the millions of YouTube videos and online articles that are available at our fingertips, we consume stories every day, but we rarely think about how our actions can become a story too. “The fact that what we… Continue Reading

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TEDxNormal Speaker Jeffrey Stamp: What an idea needs to survive

We hope you’re enjoying your summer! This week, we’d like you to meet TEDxNormal speaker Dr. Jeffrey Stamp, who will share with us what an idea needs to survive. What an Idea Needs to Survive “See if this sounds familiar. You’re plugging away, doing your job, living your life and then bam, you see something… Continue Reading

Liz Flores

4.5 Questions with TEDxNormal Speaker Liz Flores

We are cruising through summer, and excitement is heating up for TEDxNormal!  This epic event takes place at the Normal Theatre November 7th, welcoming an array of diverse, talented speakers with words of wisdom to make an impact on your life.   This week, we’re spotlighting TedxNormal speaker Liz Flores, a Chicago based self-taught artist. … Continue Reading

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4.5 Questions with TEDxNormal Speaker Ken Myszka

This week, we’re shining the TEDxNormal speaker spotlight on Ken Myszka, a professional chef and entrepreneur who is passionate about supporting, growing, and showcasing a thriving local food culture.  We’re excited to hear Ken’s message at TedxNormal this winter. Here are the four and a half questions we asked Ken Myszka (he got to ask the second… Continue Reading


4.5 Questions with TEDxNormal Speaker Jessica Tenuta

Did you know?… TedxNormal is less than five months away!  That’s 20 weeks, roughly 140 days, and well…a LOT of minutes till this one-of-a kind event makes its mark on Central Illinois.  Stay up to date on the latest TedxNormal news by checking out all of our 4.5 Question speaker highlight articles, which will be… Continue Reading

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Announcing the Full TEDxNormal 2015 List of Speakers

Over the next five months, we’ll continue to highlight the impressive lineup of TEDxNormal speakers. The event’s speakers include a comedian, social entrepreneurs, an idea guru, both kinds of doctors – Ph.D.’s and the real kind, mental health advocates, and more.  It’s clear that this event will live up to its tagline; “Anything But Normal.”… Continue Reading