I’ve watched the TED YouTube channel, listened to the TED Radio Hour on NPR, learned about previous Big Ideas, and even though some may think I’m crazy to say this, I thought, that sounds like fun. The idea of presenting a TED Talk intrigued me but I didn’t know how to make that happen and frankly, thought presentations were invitation-only for events in Silicon Valley or Vancouver. So, as soon as I learned about TEDxMSUDenver, I jumped at the opportunity.

The application process was much easier than I thought it would be and it only took minutes to include my Idea in a few short sentences. I may have overworked it, I may have barely qualified – I don’t know and don’t care. I’m in. The short application process agrees with the entire TED-Talk scenario. The process requests some basic background information to establish plausible credibility but applicants do not need to submit a four-page CV and five letters of reference. Although it may help, you don’t need to serve on a National Science Foundation Advisory Board or have won a national election. The open and easy application process acknowledges that Big Ideas Worth Sharing may come from anyone and anywhere. It is the IDEA that is important and not who will present it.

Two weeks later after learning that I was accepted, I was giddy. I felt like I’d won a date with someone I really liked but who I always thought was out of my league.

Now that my journey to the TEDx stage has begun, I am enthused and perhaps too excited. I have to reign in my urge to add secondary points, examples, historical references, engineering details, and list every social, economic, and political impact of my Big Idea. My Idea is big enough to support such an endeavor and it would be an absolute joy to prepare, but this presentation is not intended to be a two-hour lecture. I’m certain my biggest challenge for TEDxMSUDenver will be distilling my barrels of excitement into tiny sample bottles for everyone in the audience.

Presently, two months before TEDx, I’m not nervous or anxious but that may change in the minutes and hours before I am on stage. I anticipate there may come a few minutes of awkwardness and fear, but I know now those feelings will be temporary while my current excitement about participating in TEDxMSUDenver will continue for the rest of my life.

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