Last Saturday I had the privilege to give a short talk at TEDx Boulder. It was an amazing opportunity and I wanted to leave the audience with something they would remember and a question they could walk away with and process later.
I’m a designer, and so I view life through that lens. I settled on using some of the tenants of Minimalism as an analogy for the way we might want to more actively curate and make choices in our incredibly-hectic daily lives.
Each speaker had been given different time-slots for their talks. I had one of the short, 3-minute slots. It was a fun challenge. I decided my slides would have no words so that I could speak fast. I sketched out a bunch of little illustrations and used them as visual accents to the story of my day, as I told it.
I’m really pleased with how the slides and the overall talk turned out. I don’t usually get nervous speaking in front of crowds, but I’d never spoken to this many people before (almost 1,400), so I was worried about nailing the timing and delivery of the talk with such short time-constraints. But, it all came together.
I covered a few things in the brief talk, but the question I left attendees with was: what’s your negative space?
I covered a few things in the brief talk, but the question I left attendees with was: what’s your negative space? It’s the idea of constructing something about your daily life, some aspect of your routine, that will allow you to decompress a bit and reflect/process you day and your life. For myself, that’s trail running, which I do almost daily.
The topic seemed to resonate. I got a lot of great feedback and met some amazing people. I viewed the content of the talk as much for myself as for everyone else, so it’s a really special feeling when someone walks up to you afterward and lets you know that they felt challenged or inspired by what you had to say.
It was a wonderful experience and I’m really grateful to the event organizers for giving me a shot at speaking, and also for how well run the event was.
UPDATE: The video of the talk is now available.