When I was first invited to share my story with the TED community I thought it was a great idea. I’ve shared my story countless times and figured it would be pretty easy to write a script for the event. I skimmed through the speaker prep packages and watched a few TED talks online to get a better idea of what a good presentation should look like. It became clear to me that this wasn’t going to be that easy and that I might just be in over my head. The TED format is pretty rigid, with a finite window of time to tell your story. My style of presenting, is pretty casual. I simply tell my story from the heart with no set formula or time frame.
With only a few weeks to build my presentation I knew that I would need help. Together with the help of the WorkSafeBC speakers program and Margaret Hope we mapped out a few different ideas of what the presentation could look like.
From this point I took some of the concepts to paper and started writing. Let me tell you that writing a script of my life story was one of the most difficult tasks I’ve ever taken on. Even though I had all the pieces of the puzzle lying around, finding order was incredibly challenging. I kept going too deep in parts of my story, which was great, but not necessarily pertinent to this presentation. Time was quickly running out and I kept losing my focus. I have too many things on the go! Why did I say yes to this? How can I get out of this?? The only thing that kept me from quitting was the cathartic release I was getting from writing. I kept telling myself ‘the process is what it’s all about’, who cares about the actual presentation? Everything I am meant to learn is being summed up right now, the presentation is just a cherry on top.
June 14, 2013 – TEDx Event
There’s a primal surge released inside when faced with a challenge; whether I am doing something for the first time, in competition or presenting to an audience. My adrenaline flows, mind races, palms get sweaty, mouth drys up and my whole body is gripped with anticipation. I don’t try to change it, or control it, as the experience is slightly different every time; the best thing to do is to simply observe & embrace it.
Thank you for watching. And thank you to the TEDxYYC committee for inviting me to be apart of this event.