Some people might say it’s the stage fright.
Others (if they’re honest) might feel it’s imposter syndrome.
For me, and for many others I’ve coached when I was the curator for TEDxBloomington, it’s paring down what I can say in a limited period of time. Every word has to count because it’s taking some of my previous few minutes onstage.
After having coached 60+ speakers for this stage, I’m feeling the pain as I prepare my own TEDxBloomington talk. This ten-minute talk has gone through countless revisions … adding bits, then needing to take away equivalent chunks of time. When my curator informed me there wouldn’t be a timeclock to watch, and that if I went over my allotted time, it was not a big deal … that’s a dangerous thing to say to someone like me!
Today I realized that all the bits that I have needed to cut out can be fodder for this website: I’m delighted to write more here about WHY I said the things I said in the talk, and how you can benefit from subscribing to this site to learn even more.