Giving a TED Talk is not as simple as it seems. Or, at least, how simple is appeared to me.
I applied nearly a year ago, and I believe it was April when I was officially chosen. I still had to wait months to announce it. That was tough.
I thought I’d just write a 15-minute speech, show up day-of, kill with it, and move on to what’s next.
You’re wrong, Josh. It’s writing and rewriting, rehearsing, rewriting, analysis, rewriting, rehearsing. It has found a place in my mind and is always marinating. Along with the words, there’s blocking (how you move), the clothing, and the actual ability to pull it all together.
But’s it’s also a lot of fun and exciting in an anticipatory, butterflies-in-the-stomach way.
I don’t know if I locked myself into the title I pitched upon applying for the presentation, but I’ve started calling it “The Twisted Tentacles of Porn Addiction” because I’m giving an overview of how astonishingly far-reaching pornography addiction is at the end of 2020.
Technically this is a TEDx Talk. The original TED organization (based somewhere in Europe?) licenses out the brand across the world with the TEDx designation. There’s no real difference, except the original TED founders are not involved in organizing the event. It’s still a TED Talk, just different management.
The most disappointing part is that the presenters won’t be giving their speeches in front of a traditional crowd. The pandemic has forced us into a studio, so it will be more like we’re filming a live TV show.
The event itself is going to be held live on Sunday evening, December 6 and it will be streamed live to a worldwide Internet audience. That happens with all TED and TEDx events, but with fewer TED events this year and the fact there is no live audience, I think we’ll be looking at a healthy online presence.
The “pre-show” starts at 5 p.m. I have as much idea of what that means as you. The event itself, with 8 presentations, starts at 6 p.m. They are also asking people to submit their own 30-second TED Talks digitally that I assume will be shown between live presentations. I think it’s a cool idea and I’d love to see someone I know give a little speech before or after me, so check out the details at TedXHartford.
It’s free to watch the live stream, but you do have to register HERE as if you are buying tickets to the event. I really hope that you’ll consider watching, hearing some cool speeches, and supporting me.
They say the individual speeches will be posted online 2-3 weeks later, but I would love if you’d watch and let me know what you think in real time. It’s cool to think I’ll have a TED Talk online.
Along with my speech, there’s a woman who is a nanny to the stars, a police officer stressing pensive analysis over fast action, a creativity expert, a pair who launched a café where half the employees have disabilities and several others. It sounds like an interesting evening.
If you want to learn more about the individual speeches, check out the organization’s Facebook page.
It would really mean a lot if you support me in what is probably the greatest opportunity since I began as a pornography addiction advocate/author.
WHAT: Joshua Shea gives the presentation “The Twisted Tentacles of Porn Addiction” at TEDxHartford
WHEN: Sunday, December 6. Pre-show at 5 p.m., Event begins at 6 p.m.
TICKETS: Free, but you must register HERE
NOTE: No on-site tickets, these are all virtual