Back in the summer I was asked by Lynn Tabbara, the curator of TEDxCoventGardenWomen, whether I’d ever considered doing a TEDx talk. I’ve watched countless TED talks over the years, so it wasn’t that I hadn’t thought about what it would be like to do one, I just hadn’t thought it was a real possibility. TED talks are delivered by doctors and scientists and New York Times-bestselling authors, aren’t they? But when Lynn asked me if I’d do one, after a moment of hesitation, I said “yes, of course, wow, amazing, thank you so much asking me!”
In the last two weeks before the day of TEDxCoventGardenWomen, my talk changed dramatically. Thankfully, I had access to an amazing coach, Nicky Moran, who really pushed me to a place that I was trying to avoid in order to craft a truly authentic and powerful talk. I definitely cried at certain points, and a week before I was on the verge of quitting but I did it. And I’m so, so, so grateful I did.
This is an important talk for me personally, but also I hope for others as well. Do not let shame and fear define your reality, you are much more than whatever people believe about you.
Thanks to the amazing TEDxCoventGardenWomen team who were so encouraging and welcoming and made the day amazing, and the rehearsals that much bit easier. Thanks also to other the brilliant Ginger public speaking coaches who gave so much feedback during our rehearsals. Make sure you also watch the rest of the talks from the day, because everyone was absolutely amazing.