I hope you’ll indulge me for a minute to share a passion project I’ve been working on for some time. Over the last ten years, I’ve facilitated the Nurturing Father’s Program at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. As you can imagine, It’s been a story I’ve been wanting to share, and the TEDx Stage was a perfect place to do it.
So here’s the link to check out the talk. I’d really appreciate it if you’d give it a thumbs up and even a comment if you’re so inclined.
I really believe we can change the world by helping men become Nurturing Fathers—this is only the beginning!
Lastly, I believe there’s a TED Talk in all of us, so I wanted to leave you with a few lessons from the process. I hope you enjoy it.
Fewer facts, more stories. As you’ll see, I’m way more comfortable when I’m telling stories. I think we all are.
Practice, but don’t over-practice. These are usually new talks, so we need reps to perfect them. But if we practice too much, we can sound too rehearsed. So be prepared, but allow yourself the freedom to be present in the moment.
Get great coaches. I had the privilege of working with Angela and Dennis Buttimer, and they were friends and excellent coaches. They listened to my talk and helped refine it to make it even better. I’m forever grateful for both of them.
Don’t pack the room with friends and family. This sounds counterintuitive, but I felt less pressure with an audience of mostly people I didn’t know. Do what’s best for you, but for me, I’d rather show them the finished product than have the pressure of seeing them in the audience.
Have fun! I really enjoyed the experience, and hopefully that came through in my talk. This is such a passion of mine that I couldn’t wait to share it with the world. I truly believe we all have a passion of some kind inside us, and this is an amazing format to release that passion to the world.