Michelle D. Freeman
“Service to Others Can Heal a Broken Heart”
TEDxWilmingtonSalon: The Meaning of Leadership
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Invitation Only

I am late delivering my materials to TEDxWilmington.  This is not an abnormal thing for me.  I am a single mom, CEO ~ so being late is a constant state of being for me.

That might be a slight exaggeration really, it is a “somewhat” state.  My life is in a constant state of shifting priorities, so on any given day I could be juggling one of my three kids stuff, deciding on a strategic direction for my real estate development company, giving my opinion on a performer for the Freeman Stage, being a caring daughter ( my parents believe I could do a bit better at that) or any of the other ten things on my plate.  The cost is normally someone’s disappointment, a fine or a missed deadline.  I have learned to be ok with all of it, most of the time.  Perfection was something I gave up on long ago, when I started to believe a better marker for me was progress.

When I agreed to do TEDxWilmington I knew it would come at a price.  But my belief is that most of the growth in my life, if not all of the growth, has come from the hard stuff.  So, I added TEDxWilmington to the swirl and set off on my way.  I am ten days away and am knee deep in TED!

I started the journey of preparing by reaching out to three coaches.  No one was available to take me on. So, I decided that I would reach out to all my friends that have participated in TEDx. Our talks went something like – “what was it like?  What would you do differently? How long did you talk? How did you prepare?”  Then I purchased the book TED Talks – The Official TED Guide to Public SpeakingThe pages are annotated and the corners are bent.  In between budget meetings and swim meets I have listened and watched TED and TEDx talks of friends and celebrities and I have a notebook full of notes – now how do you get all those thoughts to 15 minutes of good stuff to share? I understand it’s about cutting, cutting and more cutting. I will keep writing and refining and trying to get it to something worth giving and sharing!  See you on the 5th, in the meantime, I’ll keep at it!


Michelle DiFebo Freeman is the owner and CEO of the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a Real Estate company established in 1947, that specializes in land acquisition, land planning, development and redevelopment, and the management of award-winning, amenity-rich residential communities, neighborhood shopping centers and commercial properties.  READ MORE

TEDxWilmingtonSalon: The Meaning of Leadership // Tuesday December 5th 2017