Carolyn Coal
“How Will You Inspire Others to Create?”
TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Delaware Historical Society 

Carolyn Coal for TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside, TEDxWilmington, Wilmington, Delaware, TEDx

We did it! Congrats to all the TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside speakers. It was great meeting everyone in person. It’s a long day with a number of moving parts. Our audience was wonderful and so appreciative. I particularly enjoyed Steve Harrison’s talk, “How to Sell Without Selling Your Soul,” as well as Cari Feiler Bender’s, “How to Make Your Story THE BIG STORY,” and Eric Okdeh’s, “Art by All.” Eric is a Philadelphia based artist that makes public art. He feels the best murals provide a sense of inclusion within the community. Cari is a PR strategist that has worked with Historic Philadelphia. Her talk helped me find a new meaning for the word, “spin.” I think I most identified with Steve’s talk, however. With a background in advertising I truly appreciated his new take on selling. I like that he includes “love” in his message. More companies could benefit from his philosophy.

From the historic venue, to the tech team, to the video crew, to the stage set up – every team member played a crucial role in pulling off a successful event. Hats off to all! For me the main takeaways included learning how to manage nerves and being present. Trying new things can be challenging but I feel strongly that we must take the leap when the opportunity presents itself.  Once again, many thanks to Geoffrey Berwind for the invitation and big thanks to the whole TEDxWilmington crew.

One final note, if you’ve never been to the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington you’re missing a wonderful piece of our nation’s history. The building complex recently went through a 6 million dollar renovation. Did you know that Delaware is known as the “First State” because on December 7, 1787, it became the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution? Go visit! It’s worth the trip!


Carolyn Coal fell in love with entertainment and storytelling when she began her career as a writer’s assistant at CBS Television. Attracted by the allure of MTV, Carolyn transitioned to music video production at EMI Records where she coordinated projects for artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock, and Johnny Cash. READ MORE

TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside // Thursday December 21st 2017 // Delaware Historical Society