In December 2019, I organised the TEDxAinleyTopWomen event in Huddersfield. The day was a huge success and 19 amazing speakers gave their first-ever TEDx talk. The audience were wowed, the speakers were phenomenal, and the organiser went home exhausted but very happy.
So, who were they – the intrepid bunch of speakers? And why did they put themselves through the process? I interviewed all of them, to give you a behind the scenes look at the whole process. Perhaps you might want to get involved in a TEDx in the future. These interviews will shed light on what it takes, why you might want to do it, and who you need to be, to be a TEDx speaker.
In this interview, I spoke to Bilyana Georgieva, Neuro Business Coach. If you prefer – you can watch the video or read the blog below.
“Bilyana, why did you want to do a TEDx talk and was there anything that might have stopped you applying?”
In 2014 I suffered from burn out and took time off work. As part of my recovery, I watched a lot of TEDx talks and was inspired. In 2019 I had a few talks lined up, and I always really wanted to do a TEDx. I asked the universe for one more speaking gig for 2019, but didn’t expect the opportunity to be a TEDx. I saw Cheryl ask if anyone wanted to be involved and I said “Yes”. I didn’t know what I wanted to speak about, I just knew I wanted to do it – whenever and where-ever it would be.
The dates and logistics were challenging – but at the end of the day – it all fitted in (just about!).
I did have doubts though because I don’t like to waste my time, and I don’t like to waste anyone else’s time either. I needed someone else’s objective view on what I thought I wanted to say. So having 2 sessions with you, Cheryl, was invaluable.
TEDx is unlike anything I have ever done as a professional speaker. There are so many rules – like not being able to walk around! Your mentoring was so valuable.
“What was the title of your talk and why is that subject important to you? Why was it something you wanted to share?”
My talk title was another challenge. I wanted to present about how to do a one-minute update. I called my branding consultant and she said I should talk about neuroscience. But I went with my intuition about the topic, so I did the talk about my methodology.
On the day I had 10 stitches in my mouth from a dental procedure a few days before, and I was in pain. I went on stage to speak and I went blank. Which was good thing! Because I just went with the flow – into a state of creation. I thought I had run out of time, but it was just the 1-minute warning for 10 minutes – which is what I had asked someone to flag to me.
I came off stage unsure if I had gone too long and the talk wouldn’t be allowed. But it didn’t matter because I loved it. Even when I saw later I had spinach on my teeth!
“What happened when you submitted your video for approval?”
Well, when I had to do the video I totally lost my voice – completely! I couldn’t even whisper. And the day after I flew to Malta for 10 days for an event which was 4am-9pm, so there was no time to do a video. Thank you so much for allowing me to submit my video after that.
“What has been the effect of your TEDx experience?”
Well, first of all, there was a wait. We did the talk then it was Christmas and then we were told it would be published on January 6th (which is my name day – a Bulgarian tradition). I was so excited. Everything did NOT happen on that day. I had some deals went wrong. I was rejected for some training I had been waiting for a year. And to top it off the TEDx video didn’t go up. Everything felt like it was a rejection that day. Nothing happened the next day – except for more rejections.
On the Weds I was sitting at the highest point in London – Primrose Hill. I had been crying for hours. I was wondering what the point of everything was. I was wondering what my legacy was. Suddenly, I got a notification on my text saying my TEDx was going up. IN the middle of my tears I started laughing – I am sure people thought I was insane!
Life is not about the journey for me – it is about being in a state of creation. And that’s what the TEDx was for me – that was pure creation in the moment. And then I realised what my purpose was – creation.
If someone asked me if they should do a TEDx, my answer is absolutely. Since I was published as a TEDx speaker, it has opened a lot of doors. I spoke on March 11th at a round table of business speakers from the retail industry. They are all on a journey of business transformation. Other business leaders have asked if it is OK to share my TEDx. It’s been amazing.
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