I am in awe of so many speakers and performers I have watched via the TED website for many years now. From this introvert’s perspective I find almost all of them to be feats of superhuman verbal and theatrical performance. For example, how do the speakers do such amazing things with their hands while speaking at TED? Invariably when I am watching these presentations I think to myself, “Wow, if I could only just master walking and talking at the same time.” I am the person who if my cell phone rings while on my daily power walk, I have to stop so I can actually listen to what the caller on the other end is saying. So chances are you will see me at the podium where it is less likely that I will walk off the stage and fall into the audience while enthusiastically yakking about art therapy. I am just hoping I can overcome my own challenges of coordination with the remote control for the PowerPoint and that I do not spill the bottled water on my couture.
This week I journey to Overland Park, Kansas to give a TEDx talk on art therapy and specifically as a “game changer.” I am sure most readers know about the format of TED (aka Technology, Education, Design) talks; they are short, specifically focused presentations on a wide variety of leading topics and thought-provoking themes. TEDx programs are formulated in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The TEDx format is designed to give communities, groups and individuals a chance to stimulate exchange and dialogue at the local level.