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There is a count down before the curtain rises for every TEDx talk. As a speaker, emotions swirl from the beginning our story’s creation until its delivery on that infamous circular red carpet.
Authentic identity. This is where it began. I wanted to be my truest self and Boom! My journey to the TEDx stage has begun!
Wow – what a ride!
I have always been a big dreamer. Since being a child I’ve loved to daydream and have entire musical set-ups in my mind of being the heroine, or the badass of the story. I thought that everyone had dancing musicals of major success in their heads until my bestie looked at me like I was crazy!
I saw a post on Facebook from Dafna that was talking about how the deadline to apply was approaching for this year’s TEDxCherryCreek. I commented on the post that this was a “bucket list” item and Dafna responded that the theme “fearless” was a fitting one for me.
I applied for TEDxCCW months back, as I felt the message to share: humanizing mental health challenges and helping to remove the stigmas associated with them. Time and again, I saw and heard so many cases of people struggling with mental health disease, feeling entirely alone.
When I received the email saying that my application to give a TEDx Talk was accepted, I was giddy with joy. I told everyone with whom I am close and after finding out they all asked me some form of, “Are you nervous?”
In the past three years, people have asked me when I was going to do a Ted Talk. I smiled, but thought “um, never.” How delightful to acknowledge how wrong I was. I am overjoyed at the prospect and still quite humbled that I was selected to share an idea worth spreading.
4th Time’s a Charm
Standing at my desk, I did a quick final check of emails before running out the door. I saw an email from TEDxCherryCreekWomen. I opened it quickly, expecting to read, Thank you for applying. We had an overwhelming number of applicants this year. You were not selected…
I have received that email three times in the past. Thank you, try again.
This time, the email was different.
Amen! – Was my reaction as I got notified of my acceptance to TEDxCherry Creek. I have such an admiration for the TEDx talks and how great ideas are worth spreading. I believe I have something to share, and shouting from the rooftop just won’t do it in the 21st century.
It was a surreal moment when I opened my inbox and discovered a congratulations email for being selected to speak on the TEDxCherryCreekWomen stage. To be honest, I think I’m still processing.
Fearless. Am I? Should women have to be when it comes to work and motherhood? This was my line of internal questioning as I pondered what I could contribute on the TEDx stage.
Of course my answer was – I am full of fear – yet, I think most who know me would call me fearless. So yes, maybe I should apply.
Clarity through the process
After 30 years growing up in the technology industry, and many years as a corporate executive, I have delivered hundreds, if not thousands of presentations in my career—some in arenas packed with 15,000 people or more.
“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.
I love that any given cohort of TEDx speakers make up an incredibly diverse crowd. As a graduate researcher, part of my job is to share my ideas with those in my field. We routinely present at conferences, write papers and engage with those inside our field of work.
The moment. That moment when I received the news. I re-read my e-mail multiple times to ensure that that read it correctly. Yes! I’m going to be presenting at the TEDx Cherry Creek event! I was overjoyed.
The Journey of An Idea Worth Sharing Precipitating events:Another incident hits our news feed where the linking element was the description of the victim, as seen by the assailant, as only one or two stereotypical descriptors. And that was enough to set in motion a series of tragic actions without actually seeing the person beyond […]
At the time I am writing this it has been three days since my TEDx Talk, and while I have had three days to process this experience, I still am unable to put into words what an amazing experience this was for me. Ever since I was twelve years old I watched TEDx Talks for […]
This was my second time on the Cherry Creek TEDx stage and I never take the opportunity for granted. This year, as we navigated the pandemic and ever-evolving safety procedures, one word kept coming into my mind: resilience. The team behind Cherry Creek TEDx met every changing circumstance with a positive and proactive attitude that […]
Make Your Career Your Guilty Pleasure – How it went. Public speaking is a superpower of mine. I thrive with a platform and a microphone; though when the lights hit and its action time, I must confess I black out a little – the words just flow. For that reason, I can’t wait to see […]
Connection and making a difference. Isn’t that what our human journey is about? Making meaningful connections with others and aspiring to make a difference along the way. It is my hope and vision that my TEDx talk could connect with others in a way that evokes emotion, examination, and pause. My wish for viewers and […]
Wow, what a journey! I am still coming down from the wave of going through this experience. I wondered what I would share about my time with TEDxCherryCreekWomen2020. I wondered if I should share some tips on best practices. Or, if I should relay the successes and failures I uncovered throughout the process? Instead, I […]
I was selected to talk about an idea worth sharing for TEDx Cherry Creek and underestimated what that truly meant. My idea was how we can come together in the face of trauma and how I discovered the pillars of support that helped me through some major traumas in my life. Through the process of […]
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 you ever had an experience that was so extraordinary and unexpected that it left you feeling transcendent for days? My life has been full of incredible experiences. I’ve lived on three continents, given birth to and raised two remarkable human beings and live one hell of a great life. I am a woman with […]
What I Learned About My Marriage and Myself from Giving a TED Talk For the last 9 years, my strategic plan has included the same BHAG (Big Hair Audacious Goal), give a TED talk. It has always felt like just that – big and hairy – a dream that probably wouldn’t come true. It is […]
The End of my TEDxCherryCreekWomen Journey The day is over, the stage is empty, and I can now call myself a TEDx speaker. This truly has been a journey, and as with most, it went in directions I never could have imagined! It put me in front of dozens of colleagues, friends, and family members […]
Have you ever had an experience you wish you could bottle up and give as a gift to every person in your life? An event or moment that strikes a chord and helps you see something in a whole new way, or confirms something you strongly believe? Maybe you’ve had that feeling after a weekend […]
How was my journey to the TEDx Stage? It was priceless. It was important to me that I delivered my talk from a place of authenticity instead of projected confidence – especially since my topic was embracing our pasts and owning our stories. When I received my acceptance letter in August, I had to figure […]
Giving a Ted Talk is an incredible experience. Giving a Ted Talk to a near empty theatre is different than I had pictured it, but it was completely worthwhile. Allow me to share some of the process with you. First, you should have an idea that’s worth spreading. The idea is sound…or is it? I […]
We just completed the TEDxCCWomen weekend. At the outset, things felt as I would have expected, barring the idiosyncratic days of Covid. We had our pre-speech “dinner,” got to meet one another once again, and better understand the small details regarding our “day.” Knowing that we would not be able to have our guests at the […]
To start, I am immensely grateful to all the people who came together and made my talk possible. The TEDxCherryCreek team have been a fantastic resource and have been so helpful in talk design and training. I would also like to thank the rest of my cohort for the talk practices we had together. Hearing […]