While I did let the cat out of the bag a little early on Friday afternoon on my LinkedIn page (which is why you should all follow me there, too — and don’t worry, you can’t follow me anywhere else because I’m not anywhere else), it is finally time to announce what I’ve been hinting at for a while on here.
I have been chosen as one of 8 people out of around 100 applicants to make a presentation at TEDxHartford in December! I’m finally giving a TED Talk!
I’m guessing you all know what TED Talks are, and when it comes to motivational/educational/ideas-based presentations, there is no other organization in the world with as much legitimacy and cache as TED. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, just YouTube it.
When I make presentations in the past, be it at a library, church or civic group luncheon, I am usually specifically asked not to film, even in the most benign circumstances. We can discuss the pathology of someone not wanting to be seen in a room hearing a speech about pornography addiction and what fears that causes them, but it forces me to have scant little proof — aside from the medium of podcasts — that I’m a good speaker and can address and audience. Up until now, the best piece of film I had was when I gave the commencement address at my former high school in 2013. It doesn’t quite translate. Hopefully, having an actual 15-minute on-stage presentation will show those who may be interested in booking me for presentations that I can actually deliver.
If you’re near Hartford, I’m told tickets for a socially distanced event at either the Marriot or Hilton in downtown Hartford, Conn., will go on sale in the near future. If you can’t make it (and it’s 3.5 hours from where I live) it will be streamed live and the video will be put online a few days after. I will give you all that information when I get it.