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  • Writer's pictureDelia Grenville

To Live List Episode 2 - My Experience at TEDx Portland

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

Have you ever attended a TEDx talk? This year I attended my local TEDx in Portland, Oregon. The experience was out of this world. My seat was on the floor at the front of the stage and I got to see all of the action. David Rae (curator) and his team did a fantastic job putting the event together.

Being in a room with so many people made me feel so energized, especially since we were still coming out of the pandemic that brought so many events to a standstill. One of the most significant takeaways from TEDx was the power of networking and the ability to be in community with so many people dedicated to listening to new ideas. I will dig deeper into the talks when they are released but in this episode I focus on my experience.

One of the biggest surprises of the event was a fireside chat with our independent gubernatorial candidate! The discussion went completely sideways. In the midst of sharing her personal story, Betsy was disrupted by a question on the Uvalde shootings.

Betsy tried to avoid bringing a tough emotional and political discussion to the TEDx stage, but people got impatient. To date, I believe the best thing Betsy could have done was to address the issue. People just wanted to know how to stop school shootings and how their children could feel safe. I admire how David managed to calm the crowd. More details on the TEDx talks will go once they are live.

In the next episode, I will host Amy Oberst, who will share her impressions of my book: Rants and Ramblings on Life and Wellness; A book of general wisdom on topics that make you think outside the box. If you have read my book, please reach out to me. I’d love to have you as my guest, just like Amy. I finally share the origin of the name of the podcast in this episode.

Key Talking Points of the Episode:

[01:05] TEDx in Portland recap

[08:02] Interesting things about TEDx

[14:00] Betsy Johnson is running as an independent.

[15:32] Betsy’s disrupted fireside chat

[18:40] How do we stop gun violence in our country?

[23:35]Next week’s episode: Amy’s impressions of the book

[26:42] The inspiration for my podcast’s name

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