My recent experience speaking for TEDxCapeMay
My TEDx talk was this past weekend @ TEDxCapeMay. WOW, unbelievable experience! Still so many lingering emotions.
Thanks to so many of you who wrote me with warm wishes and notes of positive encouragement. Means a lot.
It was a special weekend for so many reasons. Several close friends made the trip with me, I got to know my fellow TEDx speakers and my wife even joined the "fun." She and I stayed longer and turned it into a mini-vacay.
But most importantly, I feel like I delivered my talk and connected with my audience the way I humbly intended.
Did my speech go exactly as planned?
Heck no. In fact, the first 30 seconds I shifted the entire opening of my speech because my audience reacted in a way I NEVER expected!
It caught me off guard ... and I went with it! When you watch my talk you'll understand.
I had scripted out my talk but that didn't go exactly as planned either.
Forgot a few words and phrases and things didn't come out of my mouth like I expected in a few places. And again, I went with it!
In some places of my talk, what came out of my mouth was better than what I planned ... because I was in the moment.
My TEDx talk was the most important speech I've ever given. It was extremely personal and vulnerable. For the impact I intended to foster with my audience, it had to be authentic.
I shared a small part of my story from a boy’s perspective having depression and anorexia and more importantly how I discovered a new approach living with my past as a man.
In the middle of the talk I also shared a horrific experience that I've never shared publicly before.
We expect the full video of the talk to be published on the TED platform sometime in November.
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Q & A = Questions and Answers
Does anyone really have a perfect "answer?" I don't believe so. I believe we have "insights" ... this is why I call it Q & I.
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