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“Why we need to innovate how we learn to innovate” TEDxNormal Talk Recap Dr. Alex Bruton

Many of us think that we’re creative and innovative, but are we really? And if so, how do we learn and grow as innovators? Can we even learn to innovate? As Dr. Alex Bruton described his job and mission to the audience at TEDxNormal, “I help people learn how to innovate.” I had the honor… Continue Reading

“Mental Illness is an Asset“ Mike Veny TEDxNormal Talk Recap

Mike Veny began his TEDxNormal talk with a question. “How well do you understand your own thoughts, feeling and behavior?” It’s a question the majority of us are never asked. I don’t know if I’ve ever consciously tried to understand my thoughts, feelings and behavior. As someone who deals with a mental illness, I’ve tried… Continue Reading


“My Semester in the Future” Kali Lewis TEDxNormal Talk Recap

College is supposed to be about finding who you are and preparing for a successful career in a specific industry. Unfortunately, it’s often a time of great frustration. “About a year and a half ago, I was sitting in my career counselor’s office letting out a little steam about how frustrated I was,” said Kali… 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


10 Quotes I Took Away from TEDxNormal 2015: By Michael Luchies

Now several weeks after the inaugural TEDxNormal (November 7, 2015 at the Normal Theater in Normal, Illinois), I’ve been able to wind down from the excitement from the event and reflect on the experience. In addition to having the honor of presenting my talk on The Importance of Being an Unselfish Storyteller, I was able… Continue Reading

 4.5 Questions with TEDxNormal Speaker & Emcee Kim Behrens Kaufman

We’ve saved the best for last with our TEDxNormal speaker spotlights. We are just one week away from the big event and today we’d like to introduce you to TEDxNormal 2015 emcee and speaker Kim Behrens Kaufman, a writer, storyteller, and public speaker who’s featured her creative talents on both stage and screen!  Kim is… Continue Reading

Why TEDxNormal Became a Reality: Interview with Organizer Doan Winkel

Big events take countless hours, volunteers, and money to execute, but the idea behind the event usually starts with one person. For TEDxNormal, it started last spring with entrepreneurship professor and innovator Dr. Doan Winkel. After coming up with the initial idea and speaking to a TED representative, Doan hit the ground running by recruiting… Continue Reading


The countdown to TEDxNormal 2015 is under three months! Make sure to join us on November 7th to hear over a dozen influencers share their messages with you! This week’s speaker spotlight in shining on Elisabeth Cardiello, who will be giving her second TEDx talk, and is looking forward to inspiring the audience once again…. Continue Reading


This week, we’re spotlighting TEDxNormal speaker, writer, and entrepreneur Michael Luchies, founder of TrepRep. Michael co-hosts entrepreneurship education podcast Trepidemic and radio show Entrepreneurs on Campus. He works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to highlight their stories and increase brand impact with content and storytelling. Here are Michael’s responses to our 4.5 questions (speakers get to finish the… Continue Reading

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