The Word is Out: I'm Giving A TED Talk!

Ever since I was a teen (and probably years before that) I had been obsessed with being inspired. I was one of those kids who wrote down inspirational quotes all of the time (still guilty), scribbled dreamy poetry in her notebooks and truly believed that words could change the world.

So of course, it makes perfect sense that I’ve been a fan of TED talks for years, looking to them for inspiration, new ideas and the feeling that there were other people like me out in the world. 

I used to hide my philosophic musings and inspirational everything for the people that were closest to me... my inner circles. But as the years have gone by, I have learned to stop hiding but instead embrace those sides of me, realizing that these aspects are what make me shine. It is what comes naturally. 

Sharing these thoughts and philosophies through writing has always been first nature but in the past year, I’ve been giving endless opportunities to start sharing these thoughts at conferences, through videos and podcasts and for much larger audiences, way beyond my inner circles.

So, when the opportunity came to apply to give a TED talk at TED ST.Louis University in Madrid, I thought… why not? What is the worst that could happen?

Photo by Anna Fuchs

Photo by Anna Fuchs

Well, if you couldn’t grasp from the title of this post, I was one of the six people selected to be giving a TED talk in Madrid on March 10th. With lights, live streaming, a platform… the works. I have to slow breathe when I write this because it’s an opportunity I would have never even dreamed about, but I could not be more grateful to be gifted this opportunity. 

So, a bit about what I’ll be speaking on… Why Sharing Your Story Can Spark A Movement.

"In an age where social media and digital platforms can reach millions in an instant, our diverse stories can have global impact. Creating a meaningful connection with others can change the narrative of how we view ourselves and the world around us. I’ll be sharing how to use your influence to spark a movement, share your truth, and empower others to do the same."

Am I excited? Absolutely.

Am I nervous? Absolutely.

But Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I can learn how to do it.”