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TedX SpeakerAs a Keynote Speaker every chance I get to speak creates a special opportunity.

It is an opportunity to communicate something that can teach or inspire, an opportunity to engage with the audience and an opportunity to ignite change.

One of the most interesting challenges for any speaker is to prepare and deliver a Ted X talk.

I was thrilled this week to receive confirmation that I had been selected as one of the speakers this year for Ted X Kelowna and then nervous at the same time.

TED was born in 1984 with the theme being the convergence of technology, entertainment and design. It flopped. The event lost money and the crowds never materialised. But recognizing an opportunity to relaunch TED, founder Richard Saul Wurman decided to try again several years later and this time it was a booming success. Today it continues to evolve that success with a huge number of viral videos that are engaging, entertaining, controversial occasionally and educational.

Ted X talks are restricted to a maximum length of 18 minutes – a short amount of time to make a point when you may be used to speaking for an hour. But therein lies the challenge that is so appealing and exciting.

The line up this year is amazing including one of the top rated speakers in the world. The date is November 13th at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and tickets might still be available at

Treat yourself to a night out and get inspired to Ignite Change. There is no better time now than to commit to change, so head over, get some tickets and come out and join us for what is sure to be a very inspiring

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