Truth be told, in September 2012 I set a goal of being a TEDx speaker SOMEWHERE & SOMEHOW in 2013. It was more than a goal though - rather, a declared VISION that I shared with others and on stage several times as an example to VISION your goals to manifest them to reality.
What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Well, after envisioning this goal of being a TEDx speaker and truly seeing myself mentally on stage (again, somewhere!), I then updated my Vision Board with a TEDx logo and began to ‘work it.’ I didn't sit back and hope or wait for it to happen. I made dozens of contacts with TEDx organizers across the state of NC and SC.
I had to 'work it' hard and tailor each and every speech topic to match their TEDx theme. I received ‘NO THANKS’ after ‘NO THANKS’, if I even got a response at all. Yet, I still remained confident that someHOW, someWAY, someWHERE, I would get an enthusiastic ‘YES’ someDAY. My ‘expectant faith’ and resilient confidence finally came through when TEDxWakeForestU returned my application with an affirming ‘YES, WE WERE LOOKING FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER LIKE YOU!’
I am privileged to speak @ TEDxWakeForestU this Saturday, February 23! Not only am I speaking, but I am also MC’ing the event with Morris Morrison & was asked to provide a 1-minute marketing video to promote the event! Click here to watch that video!
To learn more about my presentation and about the TEDxWakeForestU event, please click here! You are welcome to attend as my guest. The video will be following the event within a few weeks where you can watch my actual talk!
I’ll be presenting ‘The Ripple Effect’ which will outline how one person with simply one idea can create a movement of positive change … come be a part of ‘The Ripple’ @ TEDxWakeForestU!