Many of you have already seen the slides from my talk at TEDx Boulder 2012. Now, I know I’ve been quite the tease on showing you the video from my talk. Today, my teasing and your patience (and persistence) pay off. I was notified last night by the event organizers that the video for my talk is now online and ready for sharing/viewing/masturbating to.
Nevermind about that last part. Or maybe…
OK — so I wrote a post about my experience at TEDx Boulder right after the event. I also posted a blog over on the website for my book about the video release today. Before you watch the video, I’ll ask a few things (because I’m a greedy bitch, that’s why):
- None of this would be possible without YOU, my audience. Never delude yourself into thinking that opportunities like a speaking engagement, book deal, magazine column, or a TEDx talk come along to people who don’t have the support of their community. There isn’t a day that goes by that I forget this simple, yet powerful fact.
- I was in the company of nine other amazing speakers on September 22. You can view their talks via this link. Authors discussing what we can learn from bees, fire chiefs who made me reconsider the power of imagination, a biophysicist who helped build the Blade Runner’s legs that you saw in this year’s Olympics, a cancer survivor who changed the way I breathe, a fantastical geek who lives Open Source, a man who is internationally-renowned for his advocacy for the climbing community…all this is in that link and more.
- If you like the talk, share it.And I don’t make that request selfishly. The most rewarding part of this talk is the feedback I receive from people who felt something new after having seen it. The emails from people I’ve never met that landed in my inbox. The only goal for a TED talk (ever) is to inspire people to feel something. So if you like it, here’s how you can share it and spread the word:
- LIKE it on YouTube. It’s the thumb thingy. Clicking it is like seeing Awesome on the roadside hitchhiking and pulling over to give it a ride.
- Leave a comment on YouTube. People are sharing how they felt after seeing the talk — your thoughts and experiences can help someone else.
- Share the video. You know how to do that.
Now, here’s something that most of you probably don’t know: HOLY SHIT, ERIKA HAS A SOUTHERN ACCENT!
It’s true. Let me tell you the story.
I moved from the US to Japan in 1999. While over there, I taught English. Hell, who doesn’t want to learn English from a redheaded, blue-eyed American? The damnedest thing happened when I started teaching, though: my students couldn’t understand me. First, I had this funny accent. Secondly, I spoke too fast. So, having a degree in Theatre, I was well-acquainted with methods of altering my speech pattern. I quickly sterilized my speech pattern, slowed it down, and seems I never really stopped with the completely unaffected newscaster style of speech. That is, until preparations for TEDx Boulder came along.
I’ve always referred to myself as a two-margarita Texan or a twenty second Texan. Get a cocktail or two in me or drop me in front of someone with a twang and SHOOlawdy — bless your hearts and oh-my-stars-and-garters just start flyin’ like sparklers on the Fourth of July! The preparations for my TEDx talk were, without a doubt, the most mentally taxing process I’ve ever endured and my brain couldn’t do everything. So, I started slipping into a drawl again. Daily. Regularly. And shit howdy, wouldn’t you know it? Seems I’m from Texas after all…
And I like it. You’ll be hearing much more Texas from me in the future.
So for now, enjoy. And if you decide to masturbate to the video…er…let me know which parts riled ya up. Can’t let shit like that go to waste, now.