TEDx was an incredible experience!
In the month leading up to this event, I was mostly focused on organizing and perfecting my talking points so I did not feel too anxious about the event itself. But as the event approached, I started to feel more and more nervous and kept imagining how things might go wrong on the day-of. Once the day arrived, though, I felt much more excited than anxious. When we all arrived at the venue it was so nice to be able to actually meet my co-speakers and the event coordinators in person! After many times meeting via Zoom it made the day even more special to actually be (socially distanced) in the same place all together. I felt excited and ready for my talk throughout the morning before the event started, but once I was backstage and the initial intro video started playing, I started to get nervous again (it was a very intense video!!). The memory of being on stage is just a blur—my talk flew by, and I was so excited and relieved once it was over! I was very happy to be able to watch everyone else’s talk as well (which I was lucky enough to be able to do stress-free since I had been able to go first in the line up!).
The day after the event I tried to decompress and took some time to reflect on the TEDx experience. I gained confidence in my expertise about my topic, learned so much about my co-speakers’ topics, and now feel empowered to speak to more people and different audiences about climate change and health. I cannot thank the event coordinators enough for including me in this fantastic experience, and I am so grateful to have met and learned from my co-speakers. I can’t wait to see what everyone does next!