first blogs that are now live on the TEDxWilmington website.
Meet the Speakers: Susanne Birgersdotter for TEDxWilmington
In July 2018 I received an invitation to appear at TEDxWilmington’s 7th Annual Conference on Thursday, September 27, 2018. I can’t remember the last time an invitation to speak made me this scared and this excited – all at the same time.
To speak at a TEDx event has been a dream of mine for a long time. The opportunity to share my experiences in building a business in an area I wasn’t familiar with, as well as all the ups and downs that go along with that, was one I had been waiting for, so when TEDxWilmington emailed me and asked me to appear I started to cry. Yes, I know that sounds a bit silly but I was just so happy and I couldn’t help myself.
Since that email the hard work has begun. There were more than 40 documents I needed to sign and a lot of deadlines I need to keep. I now have 8 weeks of intense preparation so I’ve been watching both TED and TEDx talks while trying to read every related book I can get my hands on – and I’ve been listening to what every has to say about the experience.
But I also know that I need to listen to myself and be true to my story, because in the end that why I’ve been invited to appear at TEDx. For me it’s all about storytelling. I’ve now heard and watched a lot of TEDx speakers and the best are the ones who use storytelling to get their message out there.
There are time limits for speakers at TEDx and mine is ten minutes. I know that for a lot of people standing onstage for ten minutes seems like a lot but my story is a bit of a rollercoaster and I think I need at least 30! This means I need to make my ten minutes count – both for me and for everyone who attends. I want my message to make an impression and to mean something for everyone. I want those who hear my talk to leave feeling emotions.
So this is where i’m am right now, when everyone else in Sweden is enjoying their summer holidays. I’m working 24/7 and I am loving every minute of it.