My TEDx Talk Video Is Now Available

I’m pleased to report that the video from my TEDx: Technology and Transformation in the Arts talk from May, 2011 is now available at the TEDx YouTube Channel. All in all, I’m grateful that the video and audio came out quite well.

The video producers did a great job at inserting copies of the slides into the actual video and you can find full size copies of each slide along with a transcription of the presentation in a post that went up shortly after the event. Feel free to share your thoughts and observations about the talk here and/or the YouTube page and if you are so inclined, you can even leave a video reply at the latter.

Thanks again to David Zoltan, the man behind TEDx Michigan Ave, for inviting me to be a speaker. It was a terrific afternoon and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the talk with everyone.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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