by Precious Bivings
I was first introduced to TEDxGreenville by Maxim Williams, a former TedxGreenville speaker and program team member. On first sight I thought “yep that’s not anything I would ever do” simply because it seemed out of my league or more out of my reach.
Fast forward to about 2 years later. I was 29 years old preparing for the Big 30! I had allowed myself to heal and grow in ways I never knew I needed or even thought was possible. As I was preparing to celebrate this new milestone of age I decided I wanted to share my journey of how I got here at my 30th Birthday Extravaganza. A friend who was helping me prepare my birthday speech suggested I watch some TED Talks. I thought for sure! I could use some inspiration! I was blown away at the variety of expression that had hit the TED stage. I believe I secretly wanted that experience for myself.
About a month after my 30th birthday I ran into a familiar face. The Caroline Caldwell! She was attending a very important meeting at a community center I managed. After her meeting we met for a few to catch up.
While meeting we spoke about TEDxGreenville and Caroline’s groundbreaking talk on recidivism. I shared with Caroline my most recent experience with spending the weekend with Oprah, Iyanla Vanzant, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Deepak Chopra. I was excited mostly because for me that experience meant more than just meeting celebrities. That experience was where God reminded me that I was no different than Oprah, Iyanla, Elizabeth or Deepak. I was reminded that no matter where I came from and what I’ve experienced, I had everything inside of me to create my best self ultimately my best life while inspiring and empowering others along the way! I shared with Caroline, where I’d been in life (childhood abandonment & abuse) and how I got to this place of inspiration and empowerment mixed with a no excuse mindset to succeed in life no matter what. Caroline insisted that I be nominated to give a talk at the next TEDxGreenville. Caroline said “there is a process in your story that other people can follow. What is that process?” To my complete surprise she nominated me right there on the spot! I was nervous and excited at the same time. I was ready to share my story of resilience, gratitude and Unbecoming everything I thought I was supposed to be so that I can be who I was created to be! Nervous because how could I measure up to those who had graced the TEDxGreenville stage? Either way it was GO time! I was nominated!
After being stretched and cultivated through the TEDx nomination process out of hundreds of amazing nominees, I was selected to present my talk, Unbecome! Preparing for me meant more than just rehearsing what I was going to say once I hit the stage. Preparing for me meant I had to maximize this opportunity to inspire and empower as many people possible. I decided to write a devotional book just for the Unbecome process that grew into a book tour sponsored by a childhood friend and empowerment movement that included 5 cities, hundreds of books sold and thousands of people being inspired and empowered to create their best life no matter what they’ve experience in life. I become a certified personal development coach and started my own life coaching practice.
Hitting the TEDxGreenville stage was nothing short of amazing. My life has not been the same ever since. Having my mom sit in the audience with love and pride in her eyes as I got emotionally naked in from of hundreds of people in person and thousands on line is an opportunity I would not have received in that time had it not been for the TEDxGreenville stage. I am forever grateful for the entire Tedx Greenville team. I am grateful.
To watch Precious’ TEDxGreenville talk, click here.