For many years before I stepped onto the TEdx Wilmington stage, I thought about giving a Ted Talk, dreamt of doing it, visualized it, took the action to make it happen and like so many things in my life, never imagined how much work it would be!
Unless you’ve experienced it, you can’t imagine it. Tiffany Gwilliam, one of the speakers I shared the Tedx Wilmington stage with on Friday, November 30, labeled the rigorous work, deadlines, speech craft, memorization and all-around pressure as Tedx Brain.
Immediately after my talk, as I sat listening to the speakers who came after me, I was sad. All the brain build up, anticipation, nervousness, adrenaline, and expectation could now disperse and momentarily, my energy dropped. I mentioned this afterwards when I was saying goodby to Ellie Laks, and she said she was filled with so much hope. Hope because she saw there were so many other people in the world trying to do good for the betterment of mankind. That inspired me to rise above my physiological energetic letdown, feel the fatigue of the experience, but also to move forward with commitment and renewed energy. Realizing dreams will do that to a person.
Besides, the brainiac experience won’t go away!
Three days after giving my Tedx talk, “Self Appeal not Sex Appeal to Embrace Your Sexual Body,” and I’m still waking up thinking of my script and reciting it in my head. However, now I have an image of looking out over the crowd to go with the words.
Dreams do come true if you hold them close, pursue them with all your heart, and persevere.
And soon I’ll have the video too! Stay tuned. If you want to learn more about the process read the other blogs I wrote about the experience that are listed on TEdxwilmington.com.