This was presentation to FABwomen. I love the audience there and always feel so connected. The sound on this video is not the greatest due to a corrupt sound card.
What do I offer that other speakers don’t?
- Even though it’s a serious subject, I laugh and the audience does, too
- I don’t make the audience feel guilty for having living children
- I let people inside
- I want to be with the people in the audience both on and off stage
- I am not bitter
- I leave the audience with hope and ways to heal
- I help people understand that our greatest wisdom is often the result of our deepest wounds
- Addiction and suicide: I talk about during it, after it, and preventing it
- I am action oriented, offering concrete examples on what to do, say and look for
- I use storytelling for most examples because that’s what sticks
- I’m not in this to get rich. I want to help others avoid standing in my shoes
- I activate the audience
What do others do that I don’t?
- Others fly in and walk out without speaking to the audience or listening to their stories
- Others tell people what to do. I allow audiences to choose what parts work for them
- Others use a whole lot of statistics or put paragraphs of text on slides
- Other mental health speakers leave the audience feeling sad, ashamed and lousy about themselves
- Others focus on getting rich and famous
My 6-minute TEDx.