Awhile back, I wrote about how nervous I was to speak at my local TEDx event in Williamsport, PA.

I was pretty scared. Would I get lightheaded? Would I pass out? What if I couldn’t remember anything I wanted to talk about?

I wanted to talk about panic attacks. I wanted to talk about how hard it was to work in a call center while dealing with panic disorder. I wanted to talk about those dreadful “inspirational” posters on workplace walls and I wanted to talk about ducks in wintertime and mastery and autonomy and purpose and — let me catch my breath — motivation.

The theme? Breakthrough. I wanted to re-frame a breakdown into a breakthrough.

If you’ll pardon my cliché, everything went better than expected. I hope you’ll watch my talk to see exactly how an otherwise panicky gal can compose herself for this once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity:

And I didn’t even need the chair.

 







    Last reviewed: 30 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Beretsky, S. (2013). My TEDx Talk: Anxiety — Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 27, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/panic/2013/01/my-tedx-talk-anxiety-hibernate-adapt-or-migrate/

 

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