Annie’s TEDxNYU talk: Your Story Can Change the World
To be honest, doing the TEDx talk was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
My talk was about encouraging others to tell the stories they’re scared to tell, but I really had to battle that fear myself.
I had to face all my inner demons- the voices telling me I’m not smart, articulate, insightful, brave enough to do it. The voices told me that my ideas weren’t profound, deep or new.
The stories I was sharing were deeply personal, so I felt incredibly vulnerable. I did not successfully deliver the talk without crying until I got up on the stage.
Two nights before the talk, my 2 sisters broke it down for me. They told me that instead of focusing on the anxiety and doubts, I needed to trust in the power of my message. Recognize that this was my opportunity to share my message with the world. That was such a comfort to me.
Suddenly, it wasn’t about me, it was about spreading something bigger.
That knowledge gave me the courage I needed to walk on that stage.
I think sometimes we just need a little permission to believe and trust in the power of our stories and I’m glad that sharing my story could do that for some people.