TEDx Postmortem


One of the twins from my fictional tale about publishing. I know what you’re thinking, and I agree. She’s gorgeous.

I did the TEDx event this morning at Pinewood Prep in Summerville, SC.  I had a fantastic time, and I met some great people.  I spoke to a roomful of mostly kids about publishing using a fictional tale of twins exploring separate paths to fame and fortune as authors.  I’m not sure how it went from their perspective, or how long I actually spoke.  I rehearsed several times before going in and came out anywhere between 13 minutes and 25 minutes, so I’m guessing I got close to the required 18 minutes.  I kind of expected a countdown clock in the room to keep me on task, but there was just an old analog clock in the back of the room, and I was too preoccupied to do the necessary math to keep track of time.  I used no notes, but I had prompts in my PowerPoint that triggered facts and figures I needed to tell my story.  I had this whole thing about the honor in failing I wanted to get into, but I got sidetracked.

I got the opportunity to talk to a couple of the kids about writing after the program, and met one young man who has already finished his first novel.  He asked for advice, and I’m afraid I failed to give him anything inspirational.  I have to come up with a better response to that request from young writers.  When I was his age, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to ask an adult about writing.  My hats off to him for being passionate enough to complete a novel at such a young age, and for having the guts to talk about it so openly.  It’s not easy to do.  I know.

The speaker after me was Brian Thomas, a Yale graduate, renowned educator and former Emmy Award winning actor for his role in Fast Break to Glory.  When I heard his credentials, I was convinced they had asked me there as a joke.  He was a super nice guy, and made it a point to tell me that he felt like the kids got a lot out of my presentation.  I don’t know if it’s true, but he made me feel better.  I was up the night before with a stomach bug, so I was still kind of floopy during my presentation.

That’s enough rambling.  Now that TEDx is behind me I’m going to do a feature on the narrator for the audiobook version of Bad Way Out.  His name is Dan Wallace, and he is an incredibly talented voice over actor.  He’s so good I don’t know how I was fortunate enough to get him.  More on that to come.

4 thoughts on “TEDx Postmortem

  1. Hark back to when you were their age. Are you there yet? OK. Now, in walks Richard Ridley who cares enough about inspiring your creativity to dawn a wig. I think that would have made quite an impression on you. And I’m gonna bet, they remember your talk. Kinda hard not to remember a bearded man in a wig. Now that I think about it. In that wig, you look just like the bank robber I walked past in Bank of America years back! A bearded man with a wig, wearing a winter coat in the summer to hide his fake bomb. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Were you ever a disgruntled State employee?

    • I once worked for a state agency so yes, I was a disgruntled state employee. 🙂

      Just to clarify, I didn’t wear a wig to the event. I created a series of disturbing photoshop images featuring my face on Kaitlin Olson body.

  2. You were great. I know that it is difficult for some teens to laugh in front of each other, but I was cracking up. Thanks for presenting. I know I now have a ton of ideas about self-publishing. You were inspiring. (BT)

    • Thanks, Brian. It was a pleasure to meet you at the event, and I took mental notes on your “engagement” speaking style. I loved how you got the kids involved.

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