Speaking my idea out loud to the group for the first time (No, you don't get to know what it is until I book a talk, wait and see.) was both terrifying and extremely validating. My tiny little zygote of a concept sparked a great deal of conversation. We didn't have time to go into too much detail, but in the few minutes we spent exploring, I became so aware of the potential depth and intricacy and research that this project will involve. I found myself wishing I could have more than 18 minutes to speak.
Driving home, the excitement and fear about what the next three weeks will bring bubbled over and I found myself ranting out loud in the car. I wish I'd had the forethought to turn on my voice recorder before I started driving. (I'm only now beginning to experiment with dictating notes to myself and I often only remember I have the capability to do so when I am well into a rant. Or after the fact. I'm catching up with the technology of my generation at a snail's pace.)
The challenge now will be distilling my talk into a clean and concise message, not getting distracted by unnecessary tangents and all the ways that I feel it could be applied and relevant to the world.
I can always do multiple talks, right?
Listen to me, acting like I already have the first one booked! How quickly enthusiasm takes over. One step at a time. Stop and breathe. I still haven't completed the list of 100 questions for idea generation yet! I'm hoping that process will help me narrow down some specific images for my topic, I have a tendency to get lost in vagaries.
We have a longer break between this meeting and the next. I don't know if it was intentional, to give us time to rehearse, or not but I'm grateful for the extra week because now that we've fleshed out our ideas, it's time to rehearse! At the next meeting we'll each be sharing a snippet from our talk.
I am resolved to polish off all the remaining TED talk evaluations and apply what I have gleaned to my rehearsal sessions before the next meeting. Wish me luck!
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