Madi Still
“Using Pain as a Bridge to Discovering your Purpose”
Bridge Builder
Thursday November 2nd 2017
The Mill Auditorium  MORE INFO

I read once that TEDx speakers get to a point where they’ve practiced so often, they begin to dislike the process a bit. I am pretty sure I’ve reached that point (insert snicker here). Though I love whispering my talk in the shower or silently “thinking” my talk at 3 a.m. in bed when I can’t sleep, I can genuinely say I truly dislike watching myself in video form actually GIVING the talk. I will say however, I think this has been the most helpful in assessing my talk.

TEDxWilmington’s response to my first video had me elated! They mentioned that there truly was not much to change and they were actually excited to watch me on the red carpet (swoon). They did mention however that I should walk around more and take longer pauses. I’m realizing, pausing and short sentences are challenging for me. As a speaker, I’ve always used those fast, long liners to pick up tone and pacing and keep my audience engaged. This is different for me and I’m enjoying that aspect of recording myself.

I realized today that I have yet to practice with my slides, and honestly, I don’t even want to use them. My truth, my story (or should I say Noah’s story) deserves to be the center focus. I don’t want his tiny hands to be what captures the hearts of whoever watches; I want it to be the STORY. I don’t want people to remember images; I want people to remember how the talk made them FEEL and take action. If I can accomplish that under 10:42 (my timing today) I know I nailed it.

My focus for my remaining time, is to implement the few changes I was given and practice in front of a few more people (in addition to the 20+ I’ve already shared to.) Fortunately, I’m no longer nervous; I’m now just excited to get out there and impact as many lives as possible.


Madi Still, the woman behind Still PREP’n 24/7, started her journey into discovering her power nearly a decade ago when she survived the death of her two-day old son, Noah. For one year, she struggled with overwhelming grief, until one day she chose to persist past pain and discover her purpose and passion. She knew that only by doing so would she truly bring honor to her son’s life. READ MORE

2nd Annual TEDxWilmington Women :: Bridge Builder :: Thursday Nov. 2nd 2017 :: The Mill Auditorium ::  MORE INFO