Student Interview: Lucas Bérullier

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Lucas Bérullier is one busy boy. Not only has he been diligently planning in the lead up to the TEDxMacquarieUniversity event while juggling his studies but he is also the Marketing and Event Specialist for Sydney company, Eventing Edge. Lucas is an entrepreneurial event enthusiast and a budding businessman with a bright future ahead of him. He kindly took a few minutes out of his busy schedule at the recent TEDx event to chat with Grapeshot.

INTERVIEW Erin Corderoy WORDS Elise Cullen

You have been quite successful in your project management endeavours, how do you balance it with your studies at university?

I’ve learnt to organise myself – time management and effectively managing resources to communicate. I’ve been able to integrate ideas from uni lectures for this year’s ‘No Boundaries’ theme. Uni is my priority, but with effective time management I am able to organise my studies and my work.

How does TEDx compare with your other projects?

We started from scratch and went on a sponsorship drive, which was a tough challenge. We then approached potential sponsors from an angle of mutual benefit rather than hard selling. Coming from an event management background I sourced the best suppliers, which is something that I’ve learned is essential to a successful event.

What did you bring to the team working on TEDx Macquarie 2012?

I believe I brought a lot of discipline and because I felt comfortable in the planning roll from the beginning I was confident with the results that we could achieve.

How has being in a position of power and managing your other peers been?

It’s a good idea to have students running or assisting with the production of the event. Timing was an issue. With a semester break in between the autumn and spring sessions it disrupted the planning a little. One of the best reasons to have students on the team is their interaction with the university and the ease with which they could communicate the news around campus and source presenters from Macquarie University staff. We were able to get a lot of Macquarie people interested and involved because of this.

What was the team like this year?

We started with seven people and ended up with twenty people on board. The Global Leadership Program helped out with volunteers.

How did you source the presenters for the event?

Each member of the team came up with ten potential speakers and we narrowed them down to just ten overall. I wasn’t largely responsible for contacting and arranging the speakers, but I think we got a good mix from the method that we used.

What do you feel contributes to the success of TEDx?

I feel that you need to believe you will be successful. Obviously expertise, discipline and passion for TED are a must too.

How did you hear about TEDx?

I received an email about internships through a subject at uni, prior to that email I’d not heard of TED.

How do you see TEDx progressing in the near future?

I want to see it get bigger, this one was quite big but I feel it will keep improving. There weren’t many people who knew about it but now we’ve gained some interest. Just two months ago we didn’t even have sponsors.

How can students get involved with organising TEDx in the future?

If anyone is interested in joining the team for next year’s event they can contact the TEDx organising committee directly. But they will need to bring something to the table – skills mostly. Self-discipline is also a requirement as it is largely volunteer work. I’d suggest that if anyone has relevant talent they should get in touch. My advice is to just do it – I know it’s easy to say but sometimes hard to apply.