No one does anything alone or in a vacuum.
There’s no such thing as DIY. Even something you think you “did” yourself has been helped and shaped by forces seen and unseen for decades, if not longer.
I wanted to acknowledge the people who made my TEDx Talk better:
My mom, of course. Her journey of awakening (that I chose to go on with her through her diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer) irrevocably altered the course of my life
Leah Ollman for every little thing, including listening to the talk at least a bazillion times
My TEDx coach, Ryan Hildebrandt at Viral Message Lab
Primoz Bozic, my business coach, for suggesting I reach out to Ryan when I got the invite to speak
ALL the friends and acquaintances who agreed to be interviewed on loss and grief as I put together the script for my talk
All the friends who set up events that gave me the opportunity to practice my talk, helping me bridge the gap from relying on my script to a fully memorized performance. Big shout out to Nercy Sullivan and her team at Alchemy Space in NYC who threw the first such event at her beautiful hair salon in NYC. Her “yes” gave me the courage to continue asking for help with practicing my talk
Alex Kipp of Muse Public Speaking for the hours of rehearsals and laser-focused work on my performance
Nicki Richards for the invaluable vocal coaching and crucial tip about getting the songs into the right key
Amy Wolter for a new and different kind of performance coaching this time ‘round
My life coach, JP Morgan for the reminder that I don’t care about polished… I care about moving people
Dr. John Sharp for early advice on the TED process and everything other kind of life advice
Katie Anderson of MEND Tailoring for the style
Rob Mounsey for helping me make Bright Nowhere (aka The Death Album) the incredible piece of life-changing, culture-shifting, award-winning music that it is and will be and for making me a better musician
Carol Annibale for keeping me and my team organized and for planning all the events and travel
There’s no way I could’ve created a talk this good and this powerful on my own. No way. Never ever.
I didn’t do any of it alone. Thank goodness! I am so grateful for all of these human beings.