Get to know TEDxStJohns 2015 speaker Anne Malone as she prepares for the big night on May 22nd.
Anne will share her journey from application to standing on the TEDxStJohns stage, & everything in between. Learn about what it’s like to be a TEDxStJohns speaker! Missed her first post? Find it here.
Practice! Practice! Practice! The next goal? 200+ practice talks….in the bathroom…to the dog….and to my coach, Shauna Lynch. Finally, the script has been edited, crafted, and honed into a much more clear, shorter version of its original self. The numerous run-through’s are to commit the talk to memory and to add life and colour to the script.
A great TED-talk sounds natural and effortless, right? Which is why many speakers experience a fairly predictable journey – initial passion and excitement, the sobering influence of the word-craft challenge, followed by an impulse to flee the country rather than present the WORST talk ever…..and finally, breakthrough and relieved elation and the return of confidence.
It’s a roller coaster ride, for sure, but the real fun is just beginning!
Anne Malone is a writer, speaker, and creator who envisions and advocates freedom from disability for people who are blind. Malone’s writing plumbs the depths of history, the classical arts, and popular culture to reveal the origins of deeply buried cultural beliefs about the abilities and characteristics of people who are blind, and the catastrophic consequences these misbeliefs have on blind people around the world. In partnership with her guide dog Cheryl, Malone opens the eyes of the sighted to the complexities of living with blindness in a visual world.
Anne Malone lives in Newfoundland, and is currently writing Blinding, a multimedia, multi-platform work of creative non-fiction.
Follow along over the next three and a half weeks as Anne’s prepares for the TEDxStJohns main stage. Purchase your tickets to see Anne live on stage on May 22nd at BMW St. John’s.