Three things I learned from giving a talk at TEDxTownsville
Words by Jeremy Goldberg, 2015 TEDxTownsville Speaker and founder of Long Distance Love Bombs
Last year, I was selected to give a presentation called "What if kindness was cool?" at the inaugural TEDx event in Townsville. It was a truly spectacular and mind-blowing extravaganza of all things awesome, and I was honored to play a small part of it. Over the course of many months of preparation, a rollercoaster of emotion, and a variety of highs and lows, I learned a few things. Participating in a TEDx talk was one of the best things I've ever done, and here are three things I took away from the experience:
1. Simple is hard
It's really difficult to summarise big ideas, goals, and aspirations into a dozen slides and ten minutes. But it's a great learning experience. In simplicity lies a variety of useful things - efficiency, effectiveness, clarity. Just as climbing mountains is how we get better views, overcoming challenges is how we grew as kids. And the same hold true now. Hard is helpful. The sooner we accept that, the easier life becomes.
2. Remember to have some fun
It's what life's about, and fun makes things better. If things aren't working out, new tales can always be spun. We can choose new perspectives. In this way, fear becomes excitement, anxiety transforms into enthusiasm, and practice is a privilege. Struggle is merely an opportunity to do something memorable, and it's important that we remember that. The TEDx event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and Tania is an unbelievably impressive organiser who throws a damn good party. With all of the preparation and practice, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the experience, to focus on the crowd and the aura of the experience instead of how we're feeling. But, really, it's just a big party. Don't forget to dance and take it all in. It's a wonderful day.
3. Ask for help
I spent weeks preparing the first version of my talk. I was proud of it. I thought it was awesome. Like, really awesome. And I went to the first practice session, and I gave the talk, and I looked out at blank faces and I realized that my talk was actually not that awesome at all. But then a funny thing happened. All of these really smart and helpful and kindhearted people gave me their time and ideas and suggestions. They gave all they could give and all of these incredible souls came together to help me, ME, to get better. And I did. And it was awesome.