I was sitting in my classroom, enduring yet another meeting prior to school starting in August, my eyes crossing. In an attempt to stay awake, I opened my email to start deleting a few thousand Spam posts. WHOA! My energy was instantly restored. My TEDxCherryCreekWomen’s proposal had been accepted!
I presented at TEDxCrestmoreParkED in October of 2013, and know firsthand how powerful this opportunity can be. Honestly, I cannot even put into words what the experience of reaching across the world with a message that is so central to my core has meant. My topic for that event was “Getting to the Heart of Teaching”, and the YouTube segment (almost 240,000 views!) has led to international keynoting opportunities, as well as others here in the US. That experience enriched my life so much, yet unbelievably I will once again walk onto the TEDx stage in a few months to talk about challenging the social norms, beliefs, and ingrained attitudes that our society has around aging.
I believe the secret to writing a quality proposal is beautifully simple, yet also complex: you must believe in your topic on a gut, every fiber of your being, level. I’m speaking from having experienced the joy of acceptance (TWICE!!!) as well as the sadness of rejection. Last year I submitted a proposal that was not accepted, nor should it have been – it didn’t meet that ‘from my soul’ criteria. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about applying for such an opportunity to ask one question: “Do I believe this in my core being?” If the answer is yes, then go for it!
In the meantime I’m having a blast getting my heart on paper as I prepare for November 30. BRING. IT. ON.
Lisa Lee, #BadAssGranny