Back in June, I auditioned and was accepted to speak at a TEDx event. But as of yesterday, I am no longer a TEDx speaker. The curators decided during the first rehearsal last Saturday that my talk didn't fit and was too "conversational." I got some excellent feedback and was willing to overhaul my talk. But the curator for this smaller TEDx event is completely overwhelmed, and cannot take time to work with me before the event on September 7. They asked me to "pass this year and try again later."
While heartbroken—being a TED speaker is on my bucket list—I agree that for my talk to fit as a TED talk, it needs to be advocacy and much stronger. I'm ok with this change. I would much rather give a powerful, TED-worthy talk than to give one that could be viewed as mediocre. After all, once it's out there, there's no editing it. I just wish I could have known this several months ago.
Meanwhile, I will continue to offer very conversational talks, on subjects such as creativity, conflict resolution, and good juju. (And I will work on creating a different, stronger, advocacy talk designed specifically for TED.)
Thanks for reading,
Good juju-spreader, speaker, graphic designer. I'd love to hear from you!