The birth of the TEDx talk ‘Tell your story. Save a life’ I gave recently, coincided with the week in which our daughter’s pregnancy was identified as being at risk.
Inexorably, her story and that of the birth of our small grandchild has woven it’s way into our lives and the TEDx talk.
I had asked my daughter if she could share this story to spare other women her experience which she plans to do.
Most mothers are consumed with tiredness in the first three months.
When it comes off the back of five weeks in hospital (no one sleeps in a hospital), and six weeks caring for an infant in a neonatal intensive care unit, tiredness becomes a deep exhaustion that defies picking up a computer to write a story. We shall be patient!
Without pre-empting her story, but as a precaution before her tale is prepared, if you’re pregnant and you’ve had a previous cervical medical procedure let your doctor know. It may herald a shortening of the cervix.
Stories change lives
Stories simply change out lives. They change how we think, believe and act.
Stories enrich lives. They make us feel good and beneficent. They change lives helping us look at life through a different lens. They make us review our behaviours and check in with the direction we’re heading. In some cases they save lives.
As a result of the TEDx talk, I have been asked, together with Jon Yeo, Convenor of TEDx Melbourne, and Yamini Naidu to facilitate a series of workshops hosted by Carolyn Tate of The Slow School of Business, called Is There Ted Talk In You.
It is for people who believe they have a story to share. The truth is you’re all story tellers. It’s what you do with them that counts.