The first principle for our talks is that we have fun. The talks are meant to inspire, create wonder, and provoke conversation. Every new idea and thought that is created is a win-win for us. For starters we can refer to the list of nine elements that people writing TedX talks adhere to, but for us, there’s a slight tilt in our expectations. Herein are our concerns and our timeline.

As adapted from Carnime Gallo’s article in Forbes magazine, here is our focus:

1. UNLEASH THE MASTER WITHIN. Talk about a botanical item you’re passionate about and that relate in some fashion to an event you’ve just been through or thought you’ve been through. Connect the dots to your “own” experience. See a list of possible events as inspiration, but use any ones you create. This can be real or imaginary.

2. TELL THREE STORIES. In your story telling, reach into people’s hearts and minds. Connect to the audience’s experiences and have them relate to your story.

3. PRACTISE RELENTLESSLY. There are speakers who rehearse over 200 times to get it right. Rehearse to your spouse, friend, dog, mirror, over and over again.

4. TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE SOMETHING NEW. We all love learning something new and here’s the opportunity to teach us. Inform, educate, inspire are the three missions of this talk. Give us all a new way of looking at the world. Or even just our little piece of it.

5. DELIVER JAW DROPPING MOMENTS. Elicit strong emotions in us, either joy, fear, shock, or surprise. Any of them, or all. Up to you. ( Check out Bill Gate’s and Sheryl Sandberg’s Ted talks. )

6. USE HUMOR BUT DON’T TELL A JOKE. Audiences are more receptive to your message if you have made them happy. You’re more likeable, and people are more willing to support you. (Check out Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk. about how schools kill creativity.)

7. STICK TO THE 10 MINTUTE RULE. Our talks will be 10 minutes long.

8. FAVOR PICTURES OVER TEXT. Use power point for pictures, animations, and limited text, but no slides and no bullet points. Creative use of power point only. “Picture Superiority”.

9. STAY IN YOUR LANE. Be open, authentic, and at times, vulnerable. Maybe as Brene Brown found out, your personal search into this will bring you to a new level of understanding about yourself.

Brainstorming ideas: The idea is that you add to your “botanical theme” something interesting that you make a connection to, maybe these are ideas or inspiration: summer vacation, walks along the beach, walks with grandchildren or other family members, babysitting, eating at a diner, political campaigns, weather, seasons, a visit you had with a relative or friend, a party you had, a surprise event that happened, a reunion: (high school, college, etc), a book you read, a hike, a horse ride, your dog or cat, a peek into the refrigerator, food shopping, cleaning out the basement or attic, a sunset or sunrise, trips, a class you took, a gift you got, a gift you gave, what life means to you, what gives you joy, what makes you sad, who influenced you in life and why, a walk you had and what you found on it, a friend, a group of friends, nature of some kind, an animal (squirrel), some pottery, the heat, the cold. Well, that’s a few. Please email if you have other ideas to share and we’ll add them. Use your everyday life as inspiration.

January and February: work on your talk and have rough draft ready for March talk with Ikumi Kayama, a former TEDX speaker who will coach us. Email Suellen with your general idea. Remember that the element of surprise is ideal for this , so don’t tell people you want to surprise, maybe us all? I will keep everything secret. My lips are sealed. Ikumi will contact you to talk about your talk. Details will be on our blog. Continue on your talk and check in with Ikumi during the next few months. October will be a more formal talk and video with her and final preps will be done for a November “due date”. Our talks will be “videod” and put on our blog. Details for that will be on our blog as well.

Fun, huh? This will be HUGE !!! Have fun noodling on this.
Best regards,

Here's some NESBA-talk inspiration for you to consider when preparing your schpiels.  

"Nature Connection Through Deliberate Attention and Curiosity" you tube TedX talk of John Muir Law's