Tag Archives: Public Speaking

“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


“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


Are there really only two months until the first TEDxNormal? November 7th is when you can hear over a dozen influencers from across the country share their message and insights with you. Stay tuned for ticket information to reserve your seat. This week, our speaker spotlight in shining on Shira Abel, CEO and Lead Strategist at marketing… Continue Reading