Epic is always such a fun word isn’t it? And truth is, I’m not even sure It even begins to describe my TedX Experience. I want to set the stage for you on how this came to be. First, in case you aren’t familiar with TedX it stands for an independently organized TED event.
There are several chapters (into the thousands across more than 133 different countries). So you can imagine how many hours of incredible talks their own surfacing from all over. This was on my bucket list and something I wanted to fulfill with such desire.
My TedX Journey …
I attended an event leading up to this where I was able to have my application filmed. I love speaking, sharing, entertaining and engaging others and taking it to another level was important to me. And a result, I was always looking to improve my skills.
Whether it be speaking on video across the world wide web, on stages like Grand Slam or my role in the Vagina Monologues, I love the stage.
After some editing of the video to make it my own, I submitted it.
What a rush.
Can you relate to those moments of ready to hit send and you are overwhelmed with every emotion imaginable? (share those in the comments if you have – it is so fascinating to me how our bodies respond physiologically, isn’t it?) So anyways … it was a few months later – I got the news.
I, was going to speak on the TedX Stage.
I had wanted to give a TED talk for a long time.
It has been a personal goal and bucket list item for many years as I mentioned. It found it’s way to the post-it note I carry with me everywhere as a reminder. This was what I had been longing for. The challenge was that I’d only been given a short time to prepare. And although I have many talks ready-to-go, this felt different.
Practice or Panic
I had been doing this long enough to know that a good speech takes work, and a great speech takes a LOT of work. If this was going to be successful it simply had to be great. It meant writing, adjusting, tossing it, re-writing, practicing, sleeping, eating, and breathing TEDx. Oh, and all while living an already very busy life.
That Thursday evening, I went to the staging area to get mic’d up.
I stared at that stage in front of me, took a huge deep breath, and walked out. I’ve been speaking professionally for years, and I cannot remember the last time I felt this nervous or maybe it was just excitement.
I said the last line of the speech, and the audience applauded.
It happened, I spoke on the TedX stage. And now please understand the shock or surprise does not come from a place of feeling undeserving or under accomplished. Instead, it comes from that exhilarating feeling of conquering something you set out to do. That belief in yourself becomes so powerful and quite literally has you feeling on top of the world.
My TedX Experience was beyond Memorable
There were 5 of us speaking that evening. 4 men and 1 woman, me. Exhilarating all on its own maybe. I will forever remember these incredible speakers as they will always be the people I shared my first TedX experience with. And I have to tell you I couldn’t have imagined a better group of people.
And as much I did everything in my power to be in that moment ..
I cannot wait to see the recorded talk once it’s available for viewing.
Lastly, thank you to the entire TedX Newmarket team for this memory I will forever hold dear to my heart. Thank you for believing in me and gifting me with your stage. What you all have accomplished in such a short time of launching this chapter is nothing short of outstanding.