Wow! It’s both an honor and thrill to present a TEDx talk. So much goes into it; our idea worth sharing, the preparation, and the hope that the talk resonates with the audience. There’s also an incredible amount of vulnerability that goes into a TEDx talk because as presenters, we’re hoping that what’s so near and dear to our heart is something others can appreciate too.
I must have rehearsed my talk at least 100 times. While I strive to go into every talk prepared, there’s something about giving a TEDx talk that commands that level of respect and preparation. That level of preparation was seen in the staff and team too. Michael, Dafna, Christy and Becky, along with their amazing support team, left no stone unturned to ensure that all of us speakers had everything we needed, and the audience would enjoy a memorable day.
So the big day finally came. I knew I’d be too excited to sleep so I made sure to go to bed early. I woke up, got ready and practiced my talk a few more times, imagining how each point would land with the audience. I got to the beautiful venue and met with the other presenters who were all going through their own pre-performance process. Although I wanted to watch each presenter’s talk that went before mine, I was too nervous and spent the time silently reviewing my talk a few more times.
It was time. With the microphone on, I took one more deep breath and reminded myself of one of my favorite Wayne Dyer quotes: “If you knew who walked beside you at all times, on the path that you have chosen, you could never experience fear or doubt again.” Breathing in that thought, I walked to the coveted red circle and shared my message. In one quick and beautiful blur, it was over.
Grateful, appreciative and so happy to have had the opportunity, I can only hope that others found my idea…an idea worth sharing.