I didn’t really know what to expect when I was chosen to speak on the TEDx stage because it’s not like anything I’ve ever done before. After receiving my acceptance letter, I understood that I would be expected to meet with Dafna and Christy three times before the talk, but I think the biggest surprise for me was during my first meeting with them.
We quickly introduced ourselves to each other, then they had me engage in a 6 minute writing exercise related to the topic of my talk. The biggest surprise for me was then they asked me to give my talk to them right then and there at our first meeting!
I don’t know what I expected at that first meeting, maybe to discuss my topic and that sort of thing, but certainly not to be put on the spot to actually do it!
It was a very good exercise for me, though, and I’m lucky that I’ve learned how to keep my energy in check when I’m under pressure through experiences related to my job and athletic endeavors.
One of the most challenging parts of the process for me has been practicing what I want to say in front of friends. I don’t know why, but this makes me more uneasy than speaking in front of strangers, I guess because they know me and I know how they think, so it for some reason puts more pressure on me.
I am extremely excited for everything to come together on November 30th, and I’m even more excited that some of my family is flying out to attend the event. My mom, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and (hopefully) my aunt and grandma are coming from both coasts of the U.S. to share this experience with me and with each other.