MY TED TALK
Call me by my name
In this five minute talk I delve into the subject of calling teachers by their first names.
WRITTEN ON THE MORNING OF THE CONFERENCE
It’s 6am on Saturday 9th February 2019.
I am doing a Tedx talk today.
This morning for me, is a time of reflection, about my ted talk experience and the steps I’ve taken to being in the position I’m in right now - excited, and not even that nervous, about my talk.
I first found out about the event on the 2nd July.
It was initially very exciting yes, but also a matter of days before venturing off to Namibia on a trip of a lifetime so this niggling idea that I might be able to do a ted talk was put aside whilst I went on the most life changing trip of my life.
Skip forward to 26th September - I sent my proposal form in, knowing I wanted to do something about King Alfred School, it’s attributes and how they enhance learning.
7th October - I found out my proposal had been accepted. Thoughts running through my head were: 5 minutes! So short. What am I going say in that short amount of time? How on earth am I going to memorise my talk off by heart?!
November 17th - training day. I had absolutely no clue what to do my ted talk on. I’m wasn’t really getting anywhere with the whole KAS attributes idea.
A desperate chat with F - she mentioned how Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment could be a good link for thinking about how behaviour changes depending on the context people are in.
Alongside this revelation, I also realised that for me, the thing I love most about KAS is calling teachers by their first names.
Chat with J - I find a psychological basis for why it is important to call teachers by their first name - result!
Draft 1 - a disaster, but I had at least planted a seed that would in time develop into a much better second draft! (And third, and fourth).
Chats with R, M and G helped me to shape my ideas a bit more. They helped me to clearly define the link between Stanford Prison Experiment and calling teachers by their first names.
January 8th - Ted talk - written! Phew.
The following 4 weeks consisted of going to rehearsals 2-3 times a week, saying my ted talk to different people and getting less and less feedback for tweaks every time.
January 12th - I went on a 5 mile walk - Parkland Walk/Highgate Woods/Ally Pally/Priory Park with Roxy and learn my ted talk off by heart.
I’ve got to admit, I then became a bit lazy at rehearsing it outside of rehearsals. It was only in the 7 day countdown to the event that I started rehearsing it non stop, unlike all the adults, whose relationships with family members had begun to deteriorate due to practicing the talk so much a lot earlier than mine.
I started to become a bit nervous about something on the day distracting me in the audience that would cause me to blank. My way of dealing with this was to say my talk whilst watching fighting scenes on youtube. Surely if I could say my talk whilst watching someone shoot someone in a pub, I wouldn’t blank on the day if someone in the audience sneezed or a phone went off?
I found out the order of talks - I was so relieved when I found out when I was speaking. I was in the perfect place. I’m in the first section, a few speakers in, but before the first break. This means I can get mine over with quickly, but not too quickly, and then relax and enjoy the rest of the day!
This experience has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, full of excited highs and frustrated lows, but it has eventually all come together, and I am genuinely looking forward to standing up and delivering my talk today. This is because I am passionate about what I’m talking about, and all I need to do is speak from the heart.
When my name is called, I will walk to the stage, remembering this amazing journey I have been on, and how lucky and honoured I am to be part of this event. I will face the audience, pause, and smile. Because I know what I’m saying, I am passionate about what I’m talking about, and I know I’ll enjoy it.
My ted talk is called 'Call Me By My Name'. I hope you enjoy it!