“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. As a middle school and high school counselor, I taught classes to students and their parents, no sweat. But giving a TEDx talk, sharing my own big idea, now this is exciting!
Giving a TEDx talk and being on the TEDx stage to share my big idea is really quite incredible. My talk, about being seen, has many parallels to being on the TEDx stage and being heard. It is a basic human desire to be seen and to be heard. To share my message with a larger audience, is being seen and heard in a way that can change lives and inspire others to do the same.
Several friends have given talks on the TEDx stage and their journeys have been different than mine. My experience with TEDxCherryCreek Women has far exceeded my expectations as I prepare for my talk. My fellow women with whom I will be on stage, all are inspiring. The coaching and guidance I have received from the organizers has been supportive and empowering. In fact, this has been the best part of preparing my talk. During our first meeting I had the opportunity to practice with their guidance. They explained, “the reason we do it this way is to help you realize you’ve got this all inside, you know what you want to say.” YES, I do.
There is a parallel to what I do, as a portrait photographer to the TEDxCherryCreek process. I empower others to be seen, so that they can then portray themselves to the world as vulnerable, real, beautiful and powerful. It is in my clients all along. The same has been true of this experience for me. The organizers are guiding me through the process empowering me to discover that the words within me were there all along, ready to be shared on the stage.
Sharing my big idea is what I do, who I am and how I live. Every day in my studio, meeting with clients or having a conversation with someone I have just met, my enthusiasm is contagious. Others can feel the bright light that shines within themselves. In six weeks, I’ll be on the TEDx stage. I’m excited.
Julie Ulstrup is an elevator of women, inspiring, celebrating and empowering them to see themselves every day as powerful, vulnerable, authentic, beautiful because she believes an empowered woman makes the world a better place. For more information about Julie please visit her website https://www.julieulstrup.com
Joy and Gratitude,