Blogs TEDxCCWomen | The Journey
There is a count down before the curtain rises for every TEDx talk. As a speaker, emotions swirl from the beginning our story’s creation until its delivery on that infamous circular red carpet.
Authentic identity. This is where it began. I wanted to be my truest self and Boom! My journey to the TEDx stage has begun!
Wow – what a ride!
I have always been a big dreamer. Since being a child I’ve loved to daydream and have entire musical set-ups in my mind of being the heroine, or the badass of the story. I thought that everyone had dancing musicals of major success in their heads until my bestie looked at me like I was crazy!
I saw a post on Facebook from Dafna that was talking about how the deadline to apply was approaching for this year’s TEDxCherryCreek. I commented on the post that this was a “bucket list” item and Dafna responded that the theme “fearless” was a fitting one for me.
I applied for TEDxCCW months back, as I felt the message to share: humanizing mental health challenges and helping to remove the stigmas associated with them. Time and again, I saw and heard so many cases of people struggling with mental health disease, feeling entirely alone.
When I received the email saying that my application to give a TEDx Talk was accepted, I was giddy with joy. I told everyone with whom I am close and after finding out they all asked me some form of, “Are you nervous?”
In the past three years, people have asked me when I was going to do a Ted Talk. I smiled, but thought “um, never.” How delightful to acknowledge how wrong I was. I am overjoyed at the prospect and still quite humbled that I was selected to share an idea worth spreading.
4th Time’s a Charm
Standing at my desk, I did a quick final check of emails before running out the door. I saw an email from TEDxCherryCreekWomen. I opened it quickly, expecting to read, Thank you for applying. We had an overwhelming number of applicants this year. You were not selected…
I have received that email three times in the past. Thank you, try again.
This time, the email was different.
Amen! – Was my reaction as I got notified of my acceptance to TEDxCherry Creek. I have such an admiration for the TEDx talks and how great ideas are worth spreading. I believe I have something to share, and shouting from the rooftop just won’t do it in the 21st century.
It was a surreal moment when I opened my inbox and discovered a congratulations email for being selected to speak on the TEDxCherryCreekWomen stage. To be honest, I think I’m still processing.
Fearless. Am I? Should women have to be when it comes to work and motherhood? This was my line of internal questioning as I pondered what I could contribute on the TEDx stage.
Of course my answer was – I am full of fear – yet, I think most who know me would call me fearless. So yes, maybe I should apply.
Clarity through the process
After 30 years growing up in the technology industry, and many years as a corporate executive, I have delivered hundreds, if not thousands of presentations in my career—some in arenas packed with 15,000 people or more.
“Excited feels the same as nervous,” I know, I know. Whenever I give a talk, I feel nervous, excited, joyful, scared, freaked out and excited. Did I mention excited?
In my previous life, working at a large university in the Midwest, I would speak to large groups frequently without batting an eyelash.
I love that any given cohort of TEDx speakers make up an incredibly diverse crowd. As a graduate researcher, part of my job is to share my ideas with those in my field. We routinely present at conferences, write papers and engage with those inside our field of work.
The moment. That moment when I received the news. I re-read my e-mail multiple times to ensure that that read it correctly. Yes! I’m going to be presenting at the TEDx Cherry Creek event! I was overjoyed.