I am SO PROUD to present my guest blogger, Amy Oestreicher: read about Amy’s journey – which, like so many of ours, is more detour than straight path! – and how she became a TEDx speaker. Take it away, Amy…
How I Got My First TEDx Talk – A Detour is Not a Dead End…27 Surgeries Later…
From a happy-go-lucky musical theatre teen, http://onlineusadrugstore24.com, to surviving sexual abuse, a coma, six years without food or drink, and 27 surgeries, it’s been a very long, detoured journey, and it still isn’t over yet.
But what makes the journey meaningful, and ultimately rewarding, is the ability to share, and know that you can possibly help someone through their own “detours.” Something I’ve learned over time, is that a Detour is Not a Dead End – which was the title of my first TEDx Talk!
I gave my TEDx Talk this April, and finally…it’s out!
Giving the talk was a thrilling experience. Even being such a shameless musical theatre ham that I am, this was the most nervous I’ve ever been. Actually, I didn’t realize how nervous I was until I was done…and I started basically hyperventilating!
How do you get a TEDx Talk?
By Amy Oestreicher Many people have reached out to me and asked “what it takes” to “get” a TEDx Talk.
Something I’ve learned along the way, like everything else, and I hate to say this, but there is no “quick easy way” to get a TEDx Talk…or anything else, to be honest. When I make up my mind I sort of take on an all or nothing mentality. Moderation is definitely not my forte!
Getting” a TEDx Talk took hours of googling calls for speakers for a few months, then writing a ton of essays – an application for TEDx is basically like applying for college. You have to write many well-crafted essays and it’s really not just about being a good motivational speaker with an inspiring message.
Although difficult to finally “get” a TEDx talk, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I’ve learned, through over a decade of medical crises, that we are able to heal when we tell our stories. And that is precisely what I did.
A TEDx talk tells a story. Like their catch phrase says, TEDx is all about “ideas worth spreading.”
Who is TED?
Ted is not a person, although I’m sure he would be a very intelligent person. TED actually stands for Technology Entertainment and Design. TEDx Talks are all about ideas that are worth spreading, to better ourselves and our world.
My idea worth spreading? That someone who follows life’s unexpected detours and searches for the flowers along the way to make their journey meaningful is, in fact, a Detourist.
Detours Worth Spreading
I felt that this idea was worth spreading, simply because when I started to approach my personal journey as just a detour in life that I could navigate myself, it really made the bumpy ride ahead of me a lot easier to manage. Suddenly, I felt like I had control of the unexpected path. Being a Detourist empowered me with a sense of ownership, at a time when life felt very uncertain. (You’ll have to watch the talk to find out more!)
So I figured it could help other people too.
What is your idea worth spreading? Leave your comments, below!
Watch the video here.
Learn about Amy’s speaking, or catch Gutless & Grateful, her one woman musical. Learn about her mental health advocacy programs for students, and find out how to take part in the #LoveMyDetour movement and learn about her upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour at www.amyoes.com.
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