I Gave a Ted Talk: What Can Be Learned From Going Beyond Your Dreams
Have you ever been presented with an opportunity that you had never even thought of having? It seemed to come from out of the blue. It’s at times like that when you just need to say “yes” and then figure it out later. Or, as some of my mentors have said, just jump and build your wings on the way down.
Wow! I never realized that this Ted Talk would turn into such a big deal. I don’t even think that it’s full impact has hit me. Professional speakers usually aren’t invited to speak at Ted events. From what I understand, they want to keep to the truly inspired people that have new ideas that are worth sharing. Oddly enough, that fits the bill for most speakers. We all seem to have a message that needs to be heard.
When you get the chance to do something that you maybe haven’t ever dreamed of, you have to reconsider your dreams. It’s scary being stretched in ways that you had never imagined. But, once you get started it begins to feel better.
3 Things That I Learned
Take a bow like a man. When they applaud stay on stage and take it in. It’s your way of acknowledging the audience as they acknowledge you. When my speech was done I took a bow and then turned a 180 to go back stage, but they were still clapping. I knew that wasn’t very nice of me and I did another 180 and got back on the carpet. Although it was brief, it was important.
This is probably a lesson that we all need to learn. When someone offers you a compliment, say “thank you.” Be respectful and grateful. Don’t just brush it off and let the offer go unrecognized. Stop. Listen. Accept. Praise. So, what I’m saying is S.L.A.P. it. 🙂
Grow a smile. It still didn’t feel natural until I got on the red carpet. Then I started and hit some good points for laughter and everything else seemed to go away. It felt right, but I still wasn’t sure that I had done a good job. I knew that the mechanical aspect of the speech was good, but I wasn’t sure of the impact. This is something that we’ve all experienced.
Smiling is one of the best things that you can do to improve your day, even if it’s not going well, and the day of others. You can read about it more in this article.
Share as much as you can with your family.
After the speech I waited in the cafeteria and then my mom came out. She said that I had made her cry. I guess that was a good thing. My sister-in-law and even my oldest brother seemed to have liked it as well. “Well, they’re relation, of course they’re going to say nice things.” Then person after person came to say the same thing and relate it to how they were impacted. That’s when it started to hit me. “Yeah, I think that I did OK.”
This is one of the greatest feelings. When the fruits of your labor finally start to show themselves. Next time that you get a big opportunity that you weren’t expecting, just say “yes” and see what happens.
I have a feeling that you’ll build your wings real soon.
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