“Lincoln, Edison and Job Walked into a Bar”
TEDxWilmingtonLive: Age of Amazement
was held Saturday, April 28th, 2018
at Wilmington Friends School MORE INFO
In my first post, I mentioned about how I approached the impending talk with trepidation and euphoria. Now in retrospect as the D-day arrived, it was delirium that took it all the way. The lead up to the rehearsal was filled with energy and the good news was that other speakers “confessed” to similar “speaker anxiety” as well. But I have a theory about such events – “Trust your gut and Let your preparation take over”. The initial feedback from the team was “ Don’t speak too fast, give enough pauses for audience to absorb and process your thoughts!” That was one big take away from the rehearsal. The big benefit of the rehearsal was that I was able to visualize the magnificent auditorium that may even pass off like a mini Broadway theatre.
Another piece of advice that I got, from my bitter critic and best friend – my wife. She said “ Just go and tell your story as if you were talking to a friend.” And as I was waiting in the wings to be introduced by Ajit, my only thought was “ This is it – I am going out there and giving the most impassioned speech of my life”
The first “90 seconds”, they say set the tone for the speech. I am not sure about that but from the opening line to the last line, I felt everything we say and how we say, matters! The TEDxWilmington audience I found the most supportive audience ever. Period. They wanted me to succeed, they wanted to cheer for me, they were sympathetic, and they were kind. The first row consisted of speakers who had just become my new best friends and just as much as I was rooting for them to succeed, they were doing the same for me.
Like I shared in my earlier blog post, the biggest benefit was the network of outstanding speakers with whom you’d build some genuine friendships, that promise also came true. As each speaker came and gave their utmost best, I marveled at how all the speeches were interconnected, and had few take aways that would resonate with me. In short, it was like drinking from a fire hydrant! I said it verbally, to the tribe but let me say it for the record, “ April 29th was the most memorable day of my life”
Sunil Robert is an accomplished global executive with a career spanning 27 years across India, Europe and North America having worked in reputed companies like Eureka Forbes, Acer, iflex/Oracle and TCS. He started his career in the late ‘80s in Engineering Sales, and moved to Advertising and finally settled in Corporate Communications and has won global accolades for his ability to build brands. He is the only Indian to have ever won a “Stevie” award (touted as Oscars in Business world) for Communications in 2007. He was also listed in the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business in 2009. He was also the PR Professional of the year in 2009. READ MORE
TEDxWilmingtonLive: Age of Amazement // Saturday, April 28th, 2018 // Wilmington Friends School