Now that the video has been approved by the TEDx committee and published for the public, it feels like a real thing:
I gave a TED talk!
And wow, I learned a lot in the process. During the first speaker "bootcamp," when I put an early draft of the talk on its feet for the first time, I discovered not only how much I tend toward long-windedness, but also an obsession with Star Wars references. (My heart broke a little when I trimmed them out.)
But the glazed-over reception made for constructive course correction. And then, about a week before the TEDx event itself, I got feedback from some dear and very sharp friends.
Future self, please listen up: never ask for open-ended critique that close to a deadline. Instead, ask questions that direct the feedback so that it's something you can manage within your timeframe.
Fortunately, I was given a single focusing question that guided all my efforts during that last week: what is the one thing you want the audience to walk away with?
Did I wind up nailing that one thing down? I developed a particular phrase that I kept repeating to myself any time I'd practice the talk in that final week, but was it as simple and clear as it needed to be?
That's a question I'd love to turn it over to you, if you find yourself with 15 minutes to watch.
What is the one thing that YOU take away?