Jaya Jaya Myra
“Is Living Your Purpose the Key to Better Health and Wellbeing?“
3rd Annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen: Showing Up // 30 November 2018
Meet the Speakers: Jaya Jaya Myra for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
I was sitting at my computer, hurriedly going through documents before a meeting when I received my invitation to give a talk at TEDxWilmingtonWomen. Even though I was about to step into a meeting, I dropped what I was doing to fully read through the invitation. I couldn’t believe it. It didn’t fully sink in for about 3 days that I was actually going to give a TEDx talk! Look what giving a TEDx talk did for Brené Brown: she has one of the most widely viewed TEDx talks worldwide, and you know that was game changing for her career and social impact.
Social impact holds great significance for me because changing society starts with changing individuals’ hearts and minds. I’ve always felt that giving a TEDx talk would open doors and enable me to impact many more people in a positive way. My dream is to motivate and inspire people worldwide to be the best version of themselves, mind body and soul, and to know that each and every person can make a difference. This talk is a gateway to that: hence why it took so long to set in that I have been asked to speak.
Even though I’m clear on my topic, getting the first outline of my talk completed was challenging because I’m trying to hone in on the best approach to deliver my message. I want my talk to be inspirational for people, and to open minds and hearts to new possibilities of life. That is key, so to strike the right balance between finding solutions and being frank about the obstacles people face took a lot of effort. Now, onto further flushing out how I will present the content.
the TEDx process: Jaya Jaya Myra for TEDxWilmingtonWomen
Now that I’m well into creating my talk, I’m feeling awesome, and blessed. I started by preparing the outline of what I thought I wanted to say. When I turned my outline into my actual talking points, I found it was easier to weave everything into my personal story than I thought. I started off thinking I’d share a personal story then dive into a bunch of statistics to validate my story, but I discovered it would all flow together very well. I can keep the whole talk as part of my personal story and convey the same message in a much more powerful, impactful way than I had anticipated.
I set the very clear intention from day #1 that this TEDx talk will rock and that I would surpass my wildest expectations in giving it. And so far, that’s how the talk is shaping up. It’s surpassing my expectations and coming together in a tight knit, cohesive and compelling story. Even better, I’ve taken a very serious topic and will present it in an uplifting way that doesn’t leave you feeling at all heavy or sad. Being able to package a message so that it conveys the energy you want it to, despite the energy of the topic itself, is an art. That’s storytelling. That’s why this is surpassing my expectations; styling a talk in this fashion is new for me, and I’m very happy with the results so far. Now let’s see where things continue to evolve to as I delve in and fine tune the narrative even more. Onward and upwards!