Katal Speaks @ TEDx Vancouver

Back in the summer of 2011, Stephen and I were approached by one of the TEDx Vancouver event organizers, wanting to know if we would be interested in speaking at the next event scheduled for November 2011. As much of an amazing opportunity as it sounded, I was hesitant to accept the invitation. Public speaking was always something I try to avoid at possible, so signing up to speak in front of a crowd of over 1000 intellectuals didn’t seem like a fun idea at that time. However, I was told that we could always cancel later if something came up. So I reluctantly accepted, always thinking in the back of my head that a few months down the road we would find this to be too great of an obligation to fulfill with our busy business schedule and thus cancel the speaking engagement at the last minute. At least that’s what I told myself.  I think I really knew that I gave myself that excuse to get past my personal position on public speaking, to commit myself to doing something I would be very happy with once it was over. Well, I’m very glad that I did because not only did both Stephen and I learn a lot from the whole experience and as expected do something that was great marketing for Katal but we got to share our story of finding our passion and taking the chance to pursue it.  A message that we understood intuitively but found renewed inspiration in as a result of putting the words together for our TEDx speech.  And much to my surprise, when I got on stage where I would normally feel butterflies in my stomach, I only felt confidence and a will to share our message. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed giving it.


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