I was excited to hear that TEDX was hosting an event at MSU Denver, however, it didn’t cross my mind to apply until I was encouraged to do so by several of my colleagues. Once I had given some thought to my topic area of Freedom of Speech and the rise of hate speech in our current political climate, I realized that I might have something to contribute to the overall conceptualization of this issue and I wanted to share it with others.

The application process was incredibly straight-forward and easy to follow. I appreciated the requirement of only a 30-second video combined with more written detail about the topic and its importance to the theme of Imagining Possibilities.

When I got accepted I felt a mix of emotions. Happiness was definitely one of the emotions I experienced because I felt honored to be chosen among so many candidates. I have also experienced a bit of trepidation, but that comes from the realization that in just a few months, I will be recorded speaking to a particularly large group of community members, faculty, staff, and students. Of course, I worry that I will mess up in some way, but, as a Public Speaking Professor, I know that nervousness  might be a natural response before one gives such a public speech. I just keep reminding myself that I have something to say, my colleagues have already shown interest, and the judging committee also found value in my topic area.

Although I am both nervous and excited that we are now on the way in preparation for the event, I am looking forward to the opportunity to not only share my ideas with others, but to also get to learn from my  colleagues across campus. Perhaps I am most excited to hear about what others will be discussing. At any rate, the communication between the organizers and participants has been effective, informative, and direct. This helps to ease some of my anxiety so I can focus more on my excitement as the day of the event quickly approaches.

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