So you want to be a TED speaker

This year I was asked to mentor the speakers of TEDxYouth@Seabury Hall for the 2nd year in a row. The eleven youth were chosen through auditions and came from schools all over Maui.  They spoke on topics ranging from social discrimination, feminism, asexuality and taking risks to finding one’s passion through art and self-expression. Speaking for a TED and TEDx event is an honor exclusive to those with an IDEA to share.  It’s about having an opinion or view on life, or a new way of doing things, either practically through technology, or through new methods of teaching.  All of

Spreading the Word

Yesterday I helped to stop bullying and discrimination, save the orangutans, encouraged us to accept ourselves and to tap into creative expressions to find ourselves – amongst other things; just by working with the speakers who shared their message directly at a local TEDx talk. In this article I look out how your actions can impact a greater world.

Get Specific to Get Results with Speaking

Today I’m going back to some basics to apply to your business, whether it’s the business of speaking or speaking is part of your business. The basics I’m talking about are your goals and getting clear on what you want to achieve. Without a clear end in mind, it can be pretty hard to achieve as much as you are really capable of. I was motivated to write this after seeing what some people posted as ‘goals’ in a speaker training survey. In my survey people were indicating desires to improve their confidence to speak, to be able to craft