Empowered & Excited
It. Is. Over. It is over?
Technically, yes. I gave my talk and now it is up to the internet to determine what happens next to it. But, it’s not over. No. Being part of a cohort that managed their TEDx Talks during a pandemic makes us special. It means that we have experienced something that the majority of presenters will never go through–hopefully. Yet, it bonded us because we had to support each other differently–we sat in the dressing room clapping and cheering for each other: celebrating each talk and person as the presenter arrived back in the dressing room.
Standing on stage, staring out into an almost empty audience was challenging. I remember walking out, taking up space on the red dot, and realizing that I will have literally no idea what folks think of my talk in the moment. As I took my deep breath and started talking, I realized that it didn’t matter what anyone else thought because if my passion bled through the way it had in practice, people would begin to care. I actually felt a shift from the first handful of sentences that were wracked with nerves into a space of confidence. I knew my idea was worth spreading.
After I finished, I returned to the dressing room and found the afternoon half of my cohort there cheering me on! I had messages on my phone from family who watched and had a better understanding of the work I did with my organization. Other messages arrived saying how well I did and that folks were proud of me. It was empowering.
And now, after time has passed, I still feel empowered. It is over, but it has also just begun and that idea excites me.