Last week I attended the TEDx Whitehall Women one day conference to run alongside the TEDWomen 2015 event taking place in Monterey, California.
The theme was MOMENTUM. Moving Forward. Gaining Speed. Building Traction.
Little did I know that by the end of the day I would be standing on a West End stage sharing my 30-second TED talk-in-the-making to a 100+ audience.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED.com has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Speakers included Sophia Cannon social justice and political commentator and barrister and mother of young twins – a boy and a girl; award winning international journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney who is currently one of the main BBC news anchors; Carl Konadu an experienced Young Professional currently working towards advancing development in the Commonwealth through Sport who credits his mother and sister with much of his personal and professional advancement and Harriet Minter, writer, journalist and speaker. Currently the editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section, Harrier writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and supported Bumps and the Boardroom along with WeAreThe City and Director Magazine. (She and I also share a love of yoga and meet on Saturday mornings for a stretch and a catch up).
See here for the full and impressive line up of speakers.
Participants had the option of joining in too. If you felt you had a an idea worth sharing you could take part in the TEDxOpenMic to be held at the end of the day. With very little thought I knew I had to put myself forward.
My talk wasn’t polished but it was passionate.
It wasn’t prepared but I was ready.
I learnt throughout the day that the most memorable talks were those which came from the heart. Where the speakers became a little vulnerable and opened themselves up to let the audience in. They were also humorous and relatable. Connection was felt.
My TED talk is still in the making but I hope it will be all of these things.
I’m definitely Moving Forward. Gaining Speed. Building Traction.