When there’s so much anticipation around an event, and you’ve imagined it a hundred different ways, you really have no idea how it will go.
That’s how I found myself on December 10th, the day of TEDxCherryCreekWomen: a bit mystified as to how the time went so fast, and with no expectations. But, more than anything—more than the nerves, the what if I forget everything?—was a resounding joy to simply be there.
Before the event, I asked a few TEDx alumni for their advice, and every single one of them told me the same thing: Just have fun. Arriving at the venue in the predawn morning, I felt their missive like a heartbeat in my body.
Just have fun.
I was standing in a gorgeous auditorium of warm wood and red velvet; I was receiving last-minute support from the team who’d done so much to prepare us; and I was surrounded by other incredible women who were going to share the stage with me, their messages.
Just have fun.
There is something special about a TEDx event. It’s not a competition. It’s not necessarily a “themed” event where audiences walk away with professional development skills like “digital marketing.” It is pure stimulation and celebration. It attracts life-long learners, people who are interested in a wide range of subjects, and who are open to their own personal growth.
And, more than anything, it attracts people who want to support the presenters.
As I sat in the audience throughout the day before my talk, I felt it—the unbending support radiating from that collection of people. I heard it in the way audience members discussed the power of seeing women share their bold ideas on stage. I saw it in the way people engaged in conversations about the talks during the breaks.
And, finally, I felt it when I stood on that stage, in the middle of the red carpet, and gave my talk. The excitement. The support. The feeling that these people where there with me. That they were glad to be listening, as I was glad to be sharing.
It is not an experience I will forget soon.
Thank you, TEDxCherryCreekWomen, for welcoming me into the family. I had so much fun.