Hello everyone! This is coming late but I still am pretty stoked about it.

My little speech on the TEDx stage went great. I really wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be.. Maybe because when the time came for MEST to be invited up, most of the attendees were leaving. The event started a little late, and by the time the talks ended, no one wanted to be there anymore.

It was a good experience for me however – good practice, good crowd, good public-speaking.

Few things I learnt from my pitch prep for TEDx are:

– Practice makes everything better. It’s hard to flunk a speech or pitch you practised for. So practice, practice, practice.

– Create an outline of your speech or pitch so even if you forget your words, you know what to move on to.

– Move around the stage. It helps with nervousness. Be careful not to pace though, walk with purpose.

– Have a friend sit front and center, so when you look in the crowd, you can see or imagine (stage lights are bright!) a friend listening, not critics and mean faces.

I hope these (super-concise) tips helpful to someone. That’s why I made sure to write them!

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