There are several things on my bucket list that have yet to be completed. For example, I want to finish my PhD, write a cheesy but successful fantasy/romance novel, and visit South Korea where I can chase down my K-drama crush, Jang Keun Suk. I’m sure those will happen in due time. Just takes persistence, right?
I am glad to report there is one thing I was able to cross off my bucket list as of last night – doing a TEDx talk on stage. It is now the following morning and as I sit here sipping my coffee watching my dogs eat their breakfast, it just hit me. I did it! Now what do I do?
I’ll tell you what I do. I need to do exactly what I tell my students to do after every presentation. Take some time and reflect on the experience and think about what you learned. So, here are some lessons learned from my first date with TED:
Having a date with TED is an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Everything from applying to an event to picking the outfit is emotionally draining, but it is so well worth it. If I had to do it all over again I absolutely would! I hope to get the chance. As a matter of fact, I’m pulling out the spreadsheet and starting the process all over.
Jennifer Furlong has 25 years’ experience in the communication field and teaches communication and public speaking courses in the Savannah area. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She currently resides in Richmond Hill, Ga. with her family of canines, felines, and humans. Let's be social! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Just look for Professor SpeechLady. See you in cyberspace.
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