My hands sweat and my heart races every time I watch the TEDxCalvin video spotlighting me as one of the speakers.
I keep telling myself, "God gave me this opportunity, He has gone before me and will be on the stage with me."
The only way I can get on this stage is by His strength. I can not do this alone.
You may be thinking, "Stephanie, you get on a stage all the time and speak, why is TEDx any different?"
No notes, no slides.
My entire talk is memorized, which in all the years I've been speaking, I've never done.
I don't read from my notes but they are a guide to help me stay on topic, order and so everything flows.
With that said, I've put in the work.
I've been working on my talk since November. I've rehearsed it no less than seven times each week. When I'm in the car, I turn down the radio and give my talk. When I'm soaking in the tub, I give me talk. And some mornings, I shout it out in the shower!
I've recorded my talk and practiced it in front of a few friends.
A TEDx Talk has been on bucket list for years. And this is definitely one that I couldn't just show up and check off.
The preparation for the talk also made me realized I don't have to be a procrastinator which I've proclaimed to be for…oh…my entire life.
It's a label I've given myself and lived up to on many occasions. But I've learned through this process, we have the ability to change.
The event is on March 2nd. If you are the praying type, please add me to your prayer list. I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks for all your love and support!
Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of
“The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life”