The Exhilaration That Is Doing a TEDx Talk

Exhilarating. Simply exhilarating. I cannot think of another word to describe the feeling of actually standing on a TEDx stage and delivering a TEDx talk. I write this before I get the opportunity to watch my video back, but I deliberately write it now so as not to be desponded from the cringe-effect that watching yourself delivers. I found out in April this year that I was chosen to do a TEDx Omagh talk. I was excited and proud and full of anticipation. As the months rolled on, I gave my topic much thought and wrote my thoughts on paper and on my phone on the go. I had a concept but I hadn't crafted it to a TEDx talk...

The Art Of Engaging An Audience

I speak, a lot! Every time I try to make it better, engage my audience some more, and leave the audience feeling three ways: 1) It was worth coming along to hear Joanne 2) I've taken one thing away from Joanne's talk 3) I'll follow her online and join her community I always always change my address every single time I speak. Why? Because the dynamic is going to be completely different and so I make sure I consider my top 10 tips below before every speaking event. So I decided to document my tips on how to engage an audience. Make no mistake, sometimes I have off days and I don't perform to the standard I expect off myself or indeed...

TALK-VEMBER: A Month of Speaking Ahead

This month I've got a whole host of speaking events coming up, so I've renamed November TALK-VEMBER. Here's my speaking calendar for this month to give you a flavour of who I address and what I talk about. Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur, Mid-West Finals, Tipperary I've been asked to address the finalists representing Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Tipperary in the second annual Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. There are 12 finalists under the age of 30 competing in three categories: 1. Best New Idea (not yet established) 2. Best Startup Business (up to 24 months) 3. Best Established Business (over 24 months) My brief is to tell my own business story, having set up my first business at 30 years...

TedX Nerves Begin To Kick In

It's a month until I deliver my TEDx Talk at Shrule Arts Centre in Omagh. I'm writing this blog post to verbalise my nerves in the hope, I just 'deal with it.'! So you could say, this blog post is for me! I had a clear vision of what I wanted to talk about eight months ago when I got the fabulous news that I was chosen to be one of an amazing line-up of TEDx Omagh speakers. However, with each attempt to get it down, my writer's block kicked in. Now if you follow my tales, you will know that there's not much that will hold me back from words or writing. It's just what I do. It's who...