Standing on the big red dot. TEDx Grace Street Women

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I’ve been about to bust with this news. I’ve applied twice as a TEDx speaker and not made it but this was invitation only. I thought they had all their speakers lined up back in September until someone on the committee surprised me by putting my name in the hat.

It was competitive. But not all about choosing who had a great message because there are so many talented women with important messages we have yet to hear. The balance of subject matter has to be considered. From science to social justice,  they want to have a mix of experiences as well as serious and more light-hearted topics. Diversity is also important.

I have five minutes to get my message across and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Over the moon actually.

The theme is Showing Up. How perfect is that?  And thanks to all of you because you cared that I showed up. You shared these posts and our message.

Cool perks include speaker workshops with the TEDx team lead by several talented coachers, one of whom is Jennifer Einolf, not only an excellent speaker teacher but a wickedly good strategist. And my coach is Kara Silva, a previous TEDx speaker. The other perk is a video with that nice red logo in the background. And of course, standing on the iconic red dot.

I’m focused on enjoying the event. Not where it will or will not take me. Not whether it will it transform me or make me an anxious mess.

My only goal is to be prepared to deliver my message as best I can and have a good time being part of all of it. My cousin Nancy Anne told me before my wedding, “Don’t get so caught up in everything, you can’t remember or enjoy the day.” Thirty two years later, that advice still applies.

So far meeting all the other women who are speaking has been a highlight for me and I’m looking forward to developing those relationships.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

15 thoughts on “Standing on the big red dot. TEDx Grace Street Women”

  1. I’m not at a good place right now. My Son tried to commit suicide about a month ago but didn’t succeed Thank God. At this moment I have no peace wondering will he do it again. I talk to him as often as possible but still feel helpless. He doesn’t want help and tells me it’s to late. I’m so so scared.

    1. That is such an awful place to be. And I talk to a lot of parents who feel like they are on “suicide watch.” I am so sorry but glad he lived. There are articles here about parents struggling with just that issue. I hope you will join our tribe as a regular.

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