“Tammy, how would you feel about co-hosting TEDx?” Michelle asked.
I looked at Michelle at little stunned and replied, “I’m honored that you asked. Before I say yes or no, can you tell me a little bit more about what is involved with co-hosting?”
Michelle smiled and said, “Basically, you’d be introducing our speakers. It would be a lot of fun! Don’t worry, you’ll be great!”
I ended up saying yes, even though the thought of getting up on stage and introducing so many amazing, talented, and inspiring people scared the hell out of me. Public speaking isn’t my strong suit, but I’m always looking for growth opportunities and I knew this event was something I wanted to be part of.
This past weekend, along with my co-host James, I had the honor of introducing the speakers at TEDxCUPortland. I was a little nervous on the day of the event, but overall I felt relaxed and energized. Usually, I’m a ball of nerves before I speak in front of a large audience. So, the fact that I was relaxed, made me feel empowered.
We heard from a variety of folks, including: Sharif Abdullah, Polly Bangs, Tres Shannon, Blaine Fontana, Jefferson Smith, Dee Williams, Nick Caleb, Melissa Delzio, Neal Keny-Guyer, Dick & Jeanne Roy, Kelly Rodgers & Kelly Roy, Tim Smith, Chris Guillebeau, Prashant Kakad, Jeff Mapes and Mohan Nair.
The speakers inspired me, made me think, cry, dance, and have in-depth discussions with my friends. There was a lot to take in from the day and I’m still processing the content. However, I wanted to share 18 simple lessons I took away from the talks:
1. Never let inspiration end at wonderment, let it continue into action.
2. You can’t fake sincerity or authenticity.
3. Dream big and live small.
4. Practice gratitude.
5. Be humble.
6. Stuff isn’t important, people are.
7. Bikes and food carts can be used as a low cost business tool and a way to build community too.
8. Travel lightly, listen, and look for the bright lights in the crowd.
9. Figure out what excites you.
10. Figure out what bothers you and do something about it.
11. Dedicate one day a week to nature. Go outside and take hike, a run, or go for a bike ride.
12. Hope should be your highest vision of the possible.
13. Starting aligning your conduct with your highest vision of the possible.
14. Treat optimism and pessimism as distractions, but hold onto inspiration.
15. Observe problems, learn from others, listen, and take action.
16. Move beyond yourself and give.
17. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.
18. Be vulnerable.
The photographs and videos from this event will be available online within a month. When they are posted, I’ll be sure to share them with you. Until then, leave a comment and tell me what your thinking about, what inspires you and what action you’re going to take.