What’s Your TED Talk? (Coming Out of the Closet)

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What’s Your TED Talk?

ted_talkThis post was inspired by my father… more on that in a minute. ๐Ÿ™‚

First I want to talk about TED for a minute…

Have you heard about TED?

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Learn more about TED here.

Some of the most inspiring videos I come across on the internet are from TED.

I’ve seen videos on all sorts of topics… but the bottom line is that the talks are being given by people who are completely passionate about their message and they are sharing it with the world, powerfully.

For example, yesterday I saw this video of a talk by Ash Beckham. She’s a lesbian who does a POWERFUL talk about “coming out of the closet”… and she doesn’t just mean about being gay. I highly recommend watching this:

Coming Out of the Closet


Then, last night my father came over for dinner. He was telling me how he’s always known that he has a message to share and that he wants to travel around and speak about his message.

He said he was explaining this to his therapist and she asked him,

“What’s your TED talk?”

What’s Your TED Talk?

I LOVE this question. I think it’s a great baseline for contemplating what our true message is.

Ask yourself this,

If I was called and asked to speak on stage for TED, what would the topicร‚ย  of my talk be?

This is a great question to ask to help you get more clear about your message.

And, here’s the thing…

Many of us have many messages…. so when we are asked to give our TED talk, we will have to choose one from the many.

Some people live their entire life as a message…

Gandhi, for example, said,

“My life is my message.”

And, although he never did a TED talk, his message was heard loud and clear just by the way he lived his life.

So, I’m not saying that your life can necessarily be boiled down to a single “TED talk”…

I’m just suggesting that asking the question, “What’s my TED talk?” is a great way to ponder some of your strongest messages that you have to offer the world.

So let me ask you again, “What’s your TED talk?”

Please let me know in the comments below… this should lead to an interesting discussion. Can’t wait to hear from you. ๐Ÿ™‚




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Did this video help you start to contemplate the question ‘What’s Your TED Talk’?How about the video about coming out of the closet? What did you think about that? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below…


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