“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” – John Ford
Over the past few weeks, I have been spending time getting my brain caught up to reality – I am giving a TEDx talk. For little ol’ me, having my idea seemingly worth spreading is still beyond me. But even with the initial idea being plausible and shareable, I have begun to write and memorize this talk, and what initially seemed like a simple task has brought me right back to reality.
Education for All is something I speak about often with colleagues and potential clients, but rather than the typical thirty minutes or one hour I have to speak, I only have seven minutes to have my voice heard, get my points across, and leave a big impact on my audience. It seems to be a little bit of time, however, the ability to speak in such amount of time is powerful and impactful, but the process is detailed and vigorous. Starting the process is proving to be more and more nerve wracking. In the end I am certain it will be beyond worth it.
It is my task to curate and craft a talk so brilliant, the audience is wanting more. In the initial draft of my talk, I thought I created that desire. Then I read it aloud as if I were delivering it, and honestly speaking, I knew I would have to throw it out – all of it. It did not leave me with the “wow factor” I desired my talk to have as a speaker; therefore, I knew my audience would not be wowed either. So I had to re-write my talk over to encompass all the elements I needed it to embody. Now that I have gotten it to that place where I can envision people nodding in agreement, I have been able commit to memory. That in itself took hours too, say the least – I felt like I was pulling all-nighters like I did back in college. But it had to get done.
Now I am only one week away from the 7th Annual Conference for TEDx Wilmington. I am super excited. My adrenaline is already running high to hit big stage and deliver my idea worth sharing. I know it will be a time to remember. Whether or not you are in Wilmington, come join us at the conference and listen to myself and 28 other speakers share our ideas. You can purchase your tickets here.
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Here I am wearing a dress tailored by The House of Faye. I dug the blue and gold lace out of my closet and I bet you will never guess where I got it from! This is the aso ebi my eldest sister took for her wedding over 10 years ago and I just refused to throw it away. It for amazing dresses like this that I can design and have a tailor bring to life that I never toss out my scrapes of material. This little number is one of my #beesesfavoritethings! I could totally wear it to a play or an evening out.