Sue &TED’s Excellent Adventure

FullSizeRender (1)I recently had the opportunity to attend a TEDx conference in Reno. While there was no magic phone booth or time travel involved, it was a mind-altering experience with incredible people that even included some excellent bands that Bill & Ted would have approved.

“Really living life is a choice I make every day.” Sherry McConkey

TED conferences are day-long events featuring speakers and musicians spanning a variety of viewpoints and genres. Our speakers included a healthcare CEO, a professional magician and a professor of sexuality from Smith and topics ranged from child abuse to the growing isolation of our elder population.  Creative types often long to converse with like-minded souls.  I can’t guarantee that all of the speakers with resonate with you, but it will get you thinking.

“I have the responsibility to honor the freedom of my soul” Lacey Strum

Each round of speakers included a musical performance.  In between songs, the performers shared their journey with the audience.  In between her haunting vocals, Lacey Strum told of how her life was saved by the prayers of a friend.  Jon Forman admitted spending most of Jr High trying to be BB King.

“There is a void in the symphony of life when you’re silent.” Jon Forman

TED events are all about conversation. Unlike many performances where the star

The Novelists

disappears into a waiting limo afterwards, the speakers and musicians were very accessible.  I congratulated lead singer of The Novelists on a great set while a mature woman beside me exclaimed, “I bought your CD because we’re on the same path!”

I overheard a gentleman suggest to his friend that they sneak aboard the hotel shuttle in order to continue the discussion with the speakers. Not a bad idea, but I had two kids and a pot of spaghetti waiting at home for me.

If current time and space constraints prevent you from attending a TED event, check out the recorded sessions on-line.  Better yet, you and a friend agree on a selection of speakers and meet for lunch or coffee to discuss.

Be excellent to each other.

SW Ever After KindleSpeaking of excellent now is an excellent time to pick up a copy of Ever After while it is still part of the Kindle Count Down which ends February 14 at 12:00AM PST.

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