“Connection is Part of the Cure“
3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen: Showing Up // 30 November 2018
Meet the Speakers: Cyrus Rosen for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
Recently, I watched my father give a TEDx talk at the 7th Annual TEDxWilmington Conference. Now it’s my turn to deliver my TEDx talk at the 3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen. I spent the last three months watching him prepare for his talk. I watched how his talk evolved over the iterations with feedback from a network of supporters. I helped him film practicing his talk. From watching him, I’ve learned how to prepare for a TEDx talk. I am currently writing my first draft, and will send it to friends and family for feedback. I think the hardest part about writing a TEDx talk is the first draft. It’s the time when everything is from scratch. You need to find your content, resources, style, format, and solidify your message. You are laying the groundwork for the final draft.
My idea worth spreading is we can overcome the isolation patients feel when they are first diagnosed. In my TEDx talk, I will share what I learned from interviews with patients. Later today I am meeting with one of those patients to deeper understand her story and the challenges she faced. The preparation for TEDxWilmingtonWomen will be a grueling process, but I know it will be worth it in the end.
the TEDx process: Cyrus Rosen for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
I spent the past five weeks writing my TEDx talk. I started by writing down everything I know about my topic. Next, I whittled the information into a structured outline. I focused the structure of my talk on a timeline of epiphanies that lead to my idea. The epiphanies include: discovering the problem, discovering the problem is widespread, discovering the current solution, and discovering that technology can be used to improve the solution. My talk tells the stories of two young women and their experiences with medical conditions. These stories unveiled problems patients face when they are diagnosed with a medical condition. Those problems are overwhelming isolation and a lack of patient centered information.
After writing the basic outline and finding the structure of my talk, I worked every day to refine my ideas and shape them to the outline. I wrote a new draft every day for a week until I found a flow that worked. Next, I sent my talk to a network of editors that include family members, friends, and teachers. It took another week of continuous edits while the stream of feedback trickled in, feeding my progress.
I now have just weeks until November 30, the day of TEDxWilmingtonWomen. I am a few edits away from finalizing my talk. The next three weeks will be devoted to practicing and memorizing my talk. I am also working with a speaking coach to ensure I deliver my message clearly and powerfully.