Preparing for a TED Talk
I feel like I have to reflect on my experience preparing for this TEDxBoston talk. It’s interesting, because I spend my life in front of groups of people – public speaking is not one of my fears.
But I’m being asked to speak in a form that is neither of my dominant styles. There is a preacher inside of me, and sometimes I have to come out and preach. This is why I developed as a facilitator – to balance out my preaching style.
A good TED talk is story telling. I think I’m a pretty good story teller when I’m hanging out with friends – how do I bring that intimacy to this talk? And how do I focus my story on the points I want to make?
I’m at a real learning edge here, and it is very exciting, it’s what I’ve been looking for.
I am also in awe of the care, the friendship, and the resources that have been offered to me. I’m not used to working with such an abundance of support, and I love the way it feels.
I’ve written a talk, then written it again, then had it critiqued to pieces, then I threw away… I moved on to use flashcards, which I’ve turned into a power point (for me, not for the audience). Now for more coaching, this is great – I’m growing.
“ Military power is socially and economically futile.
Successfully completed week 2 of 20 in my change experiment. Three clean days last week. It feels great. It is very good to know that no money is going to my “anti-charity!”
I’m noticing the gap between my clean days and my “not so clean” days, pretty sharp differences in how I feel.
I think “doubting Thomas” gets a bad rap. I think there is a much more powerful way to contemplate his demand. The Christ is the Christ because he became flesh, Thomas understood that in the most profound way. He wanted and embodied God, he wanted to touch his Salvation.