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Monday, September 17, 2007

How to find yourself in Istanbul, surrounded by Estonians...

...and Ghanaians, and Romanians, and Chinese, and Bahrainis, and...

This is a video of one of the most fun things I get to do each year on the company's dime.

The event was the annual International Congress of the world's largest student organization, AIESEC, which I'm proud to say my company sponsors.

In the video, there's lots of jargon native to the organization, but if you watch it, I think you'll get some idea about why being around AIESECers is addictive. Their passion, energy and open-heartedness are contagious. Serving them is some of the most fun I have.

Sadly, the video starts just after the introduction, which was perhaps the most fun part, but what the heck.

There's also a bit of a back-story. The day before the presentation, my entire slide file crashed, so I stayed up most of the night rebuilding it from scratch. That wiped out any rehearsal time we'd set aside. So, on-stage was the very first time through. I can't watch this without grimacing at the 143 things I screwed up, but thank goodness for adrenaline, and for AIESECers being such a supportive crowd.


Comments on "How to find yourself in Istanbul, surrounded by Estonians..."


Blogger Jess said ... (1:28 AM) : 

'Corporate Guy' back again! I'm never going to live down that moment :-)


Anonymous JF said ... (9:44 PM) : 

Super cool speech... Where do we sign-up? Made June laugh even with 39 degree (Celsius) Fever... Takes a lot of guts to do it identity 2.0 style... Can't imagine having to redo and memorize it from scratch the night before...


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