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.
Reflecting: Cyrus Rosen for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
I feel great relief now that I my TEDx talk is done. The final week before the 3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen was hectic. I practiced my talk five times a day to anyone and everyone who would listen. Including my dogs! I was scheduled to speak close to last. On the big day, I tried to focus on the other speakers’ talks, but found it increasingly hard to focus as my time slowly drew nearer. The anticipation fueled my nerves until my relative calm of the morning seemed like a distant memory. As the final session of the day began, I started to shiver and sweat. All of my pent up energy from sitting still for 7 hours reached it’s peak and my hands shook. The final talk before I had to go backstage and get mic-ed up seemed to last for hours. Once backstage, I paced nervously behind the curtain. I could feel my body sweating but I was ice cold. Then, I tried some power poses another speaker named Tiffany had shown me. I reached both hands up to the ceiling and expanded my chest, then brought my hands to my hips as I inhaled. I almost fainted as my time to walk on stage approached. But, support from Jake and an incredibly warm welcome from Ajit and the audience gave me the confidence to walk on stage with a smile and a wave.
I would like to express my gratitude to Ajit for taking me under his wing during the entire process, as well as the TEDxWilmington tribe for their support and feedback. I also wish to acknowledge my speaker coach Geoffrey for his countless hours of collaboration. He helped me mold my talk into one big story and gave me the tools needed to express that story. Thank you to the 3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen speakers, for the constant support and encouragement. Finally, thanks to all of my friends and family who watched the event in person or over the live stream. I truly couldn’t have done my talk without the help and support of all of you.
Watch Cyrus Rosen’s talk HERE.
3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen: Showing Up // 30 November 2018