(photo credit: The Spirit of TED. Taken by Gisela Giardino.
Are you surprised? Are you wondering how it happened? How it is possible?
The short answer, hackneyed as it is, is that anything is possible. Even me giving a TED talk.
Did I mention that my body shakes uncontrollably and sweats in an unladylike way when I speak in front of an audience? Did I mention that while I have an idea of the subject of my TED talk, I couldn’t, at this moment in time, articulate it to you?
Nancy Duarte, author of the book Resonate, said this,
“A single idea can start a groundswell, be a flashpoint, for a movement and it can actually rewrite our future. But an idea is powerless if it stays inside of you . . . if you can communicate an idea in a way that resonates, change will happen.”
I haven’t read Ms. Duarte’s book (I pulled the quote from a book I recently read called, Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo,) but it is now on my short list. What she’s saying is that if you believe in your idea and you can communicate it to others in a way that they can access and absorb, then you have the potential and power to turn a passing mental image into a concrete reality that will change, in it’s own small or large way, how our world will grow and change.
I am giving a TED Talk. They haven’t asked me yet, but they will.
I’m a woman with a powerful idea. That idea needs to be communicated. What better stage than TED?
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