what an experience!!!

January 25th, 2010

TheThinkMovement.com by j. sakiya sandifer

I can remember first coming across TED last summer and immediately saying to myself that I wanted, no, I must present my ideas on that stage. TED’s mission of “ideas worth spreading” embodies everything that I stand for.

Of course no one can ever plan out every step of their journey, so it never dawned on me that what hopefully is the first of my many TED experiences would be in Istanbul, Turkey.

I can still remember vividly standing in the lobby of Armand’s building when he told me the news.   It was kind of surreal because I never told him how much I really wanted to do a TED event.  The only indication of interest was me posting a couple of TED Talks videos last year.

The overall experience was truly a “Thank You And You’re Welcome” moment for me.  From me learning who and how the invite was extended to me by my new friend and fellow thinker Ali Isitir, to being able to exchange ideas with other thinkers from around the world, to being able to listen to the story of what motivates Serdar Erener (one of the most successful men in advertising in Istanbul), to his son Ali drawing a caricature of me at dinner in exchange for a “Thank You And You’re Welcome” book.

The only downside of the trip was that I didn’t take enough mental pictures while on stage.  It seemed like I was only up there for 5 minutes.

Being super critical of myself, I gave myself a C+ at best mainly because I actually lost my train of thought while on stage!!!  Imagine my surprise afterwards of not only hearing some of the fellow presenters quoting me in conversations, but when an attendee told me how he was really impressed with the honesty of admitting to the mental lapse in the moment.

Not saying that losing my train of thought is something that I wish to ever repeat on stage again, it’s a perfect example of how two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.

For me, I saw that although I’m better than I’ve been, I’m no where near as good as I’m going to get!

All in all, I highly recommend that everyone chase their dream simply because you just might catch it!!!

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  • 1. Tremayne  |  January 25th, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Congrats. Sakiya on doing a TED. Will you be posting a video?

  • 2. fatos  |  January 28th, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    “For me, I saw that although I’m better than I’ve been, I’m no where near as good as I’m going to get!”

    Very very good and motivating! :D

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