On Letting Go: Public Speaker Jill Sherer Murray TEDxWilmingtonWomen


Jill Sherer Murray,  an award-winning journalist, marketing, blogger, and public speaker owns her incredible success to a secret she told on the TEDxWilmington stage. Her secret: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go. Come join me as Jill shares how she went from manifesting her dream of being on the TEDx stage to preparing for her TEDxWilmington talk, and then standing on the red circle.

I’ve got to admit that this is one of the ‘funnest’ interviews I have done. In this interview, you’ll learn about the process Jill went through for her TEDx talk, how she needed to shorten her talk close to the event day, and how the art of letting go helped her handle what she calls “the best kind of stress”.

Show Highlights

4:00  Why it’s critical to be clear about what you want your audience to know, think, or do when you prepare your presentation. Your intention must be solid.

6:22  Jill was new to applying to speak and talks about the road to getting accepted.

14:00  The responsibility of being a TED speaker.

15:20  The organizers want me to shorten my talk? Now what?

16:28  Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those who have experienced where you need to go.

17:55  Kill your darlings.

19:50  Understanding the importance of the gift of knowledge to deliver an excellent presentation.

21:50  Comparison will hinder your talk.

23:45  Telling your truth is what makes a presentation compelling to listen to.

25:30  The premise of Jill’s talk: How letting go ‘blew up’ her life.

29:00  Love this quote: There’s nothing you want upstream. Everything you want is downstream.

30:38  Stop sleepwalking through epiphanies.

34:40  How to receive valuable feedback as a public speaker.

37:13  600+ practice sessions – was that too many?

42:08  How to practice to control your anxiety and help with breath control.

44:48  The key to adapting your talk for new audiences.


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TEDxWilmington Talk: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go

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Thanks, Jill! It was a pleasure to talk with a fellow sidecar gal!

Jill Sherer Murray TEDxWilmington


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