Sorry to have been absent from the blog. I was so focused on getting ready to give my TED Talk that I neglected the blog. www.vimeo.com/26190208
The whole TED adventure was just that, an adventure! Backstage was packed with big shots and heavy hitters. I really was the only goof ball there. Not to worry, I did my best to represent goof balls everywhere.
Got nervous right before going on. I’d thought I’d just skip the whole nervous thing but at the last minute, boom, there it was. A couple of tech issues, just as I was about to go on, kind of got me frazzled. Then I’m on stage and the clicker to advance my slides just wasn’t there, I thought to myself, what next? Well, if this were a bad dream, I could look down and realize I was naked. Just thinking that helped me to lighten up. This isn’t a bad dream. No way! This is a dream come true.
My 3 minutes went by so fast. The audience was totally with me. I could see them laughing and pointing up to the screen. Got several big laughs, maybe even the biggest laugh of the whole day.
Then afterwards at the break so many people came up to me to tell me they loved the presentation. I’ve known for a long time that Spontaneous Smiley really speaks to people. This was just the first time that I’d been somewhere where 800 people all learned about it at the same time (not to mention the 350,000 people logged in worldwide!). It was so gratifying to have so many people “get it” all at the same time. I send out my thanks to every single person who spoke to me through out the day and to everyone who smiled and laughed during my talk. You filled my heart!
Smile. Be happy.
Here I am explaining that although I do prefer the truly spontaneous smiles, I don’t disallow the ones that are clearly staged. After all, I gotta figure the Smiley Captain who uploaded the staged Smiley was probably cracking him/herself up. And since smiling is what it’s all about, no harm done.