At the TIM conference.

Everyone has no doubt heard of the renowned TED conferences where brilliant thinkers take to the stage and share their ideas with the world. Lesser known, however, are the TIM conferences that seem to have some degree of difficulty in catching on. TIM stands for Thoughts, Ideas, Music and aims to also provide a global stage for those eager to reveal their insights.

I recently attended a TIM conference mainly to satisfy my curiosity why it hasn’t been catching on. There I sat in the audience in the darkened auditorium, where I watched the answer unfold.

I watched as a man walked out on stage with a saxophone and turned to face the audience. After nodding his head in greeting, he just stood there on the stage in silence.

“I’m thinking,” he said.

Another minute of silence passed before his face suddenly lit up.

“I’ve got an idea!” he exclaimed.

With that, he lifted his saxophone and played a single note that rang throughout the auditorium. Then he lowered the saxophone and once again stood there on stage in silence.

“I’m thinking,” he said.

That’s when I left.

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