James Barnes
“Missing Conversations”
TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Delaware Historical Society MORE INFO

James Barnes, TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside, TEDx, TEDxWilmington, Wilmington, Delaware

Authenticity, vulnerability and practice

As I ponder the opportunity to collaborate with the TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside team, I am humbled. The fear noted in my first blog is real, and it manifests in enthusiasm and a commitment to practice.

My hope for my talk is that it be as useful as is humanly possible to those who hear it. Knowing that the intended audience is global makes it important for me to use language and terms that will resonate with people living in other cultures – people with other beliefs and who use other languages. Funnily enough, one of the thoughts I plan to share is the possibility that every person on earth has their own unique personal language – that is nearly 8 billion languages for 8 billion people. This thought can be seen to increase the difficulty of my task – how can I know the audience and their languages? At the same time, knowing and accepting that each person listening will hear and interpret my talk differently reduces my stress as it is one of the points of my talk.

If I engage each member of the audience with authenticity and vulnerability, I will have accomplished my purpose. Authenticity and vulnerability are the birth place of innovation and change. I am already feeling quite vulnerable as I explore for myself the value of noticing, and having, “missing conversations.”

The nervous energy described in my first blog is transitioning to more positive enthusiasm as the date for TEDxWilmingtonSalon: Fireside approaches. More practice and vulnerability will lead to a more authentic conversation.


James Barnes is a teacher of innovation to MBA students, philanthropy to financial advisors, leadership and teamwork to teams and individuals. READ MORE

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