A Talk About Ted
Back in 2008, I got an invite to speak at something called EG, or “The Entertainment Gathering.” The Entertainment Gathering is a conference that evolved from TED, another well-known speaker series that I had never heard of. Against my natural instincts, I wound up attending EG, and spoke for exactly 20 minutes, as instructed. I had no recollection of what I actually said until several months later when people started asking me about “my relationship with sheep testicles.” That’s when I realized my comments at TED had been posted on the interweb.
I have no complaint about being recorded, and I have no doubt that I signed a release of some kind. But had I known then that my impromptu observations on the nuances of oral lamb castration would be viewed by more than two million people around the world, I might have put some more thought into my “presentation.” And had I been told that past speakers included former presidents and Nobel Prize winners, I might have drunk less wine before taking the stage.
No matter – The mikeroweWORKS Foundation needs all the free press it can get, and in that regard, my TED Talk has done yeoman’s work. But now, after five years of accidental viewing, I think my comments deserve an explanation. Or at least some context. Or perhaps, an excuse. Which brings me to today’s episode of C.R.A.P. (Collectibles, Rare And Precious)
For your listening edification, I have recorded the true story of my experience with TED. I guess you’d call it a podcast, and there is absolutely no charge to listen. However, if you make it through the whole thing and find yourself overwhelmed with the urge to make a modest donation to the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship Fund, that would be OK with me. Just click on the Impossible To Miss Donate Button. A dollar would be swell, but I wouldn’t complain if you felt compelled to give more, assuming you were left speechless by the sheer artistry of my tale. In fact, if everyone that watched the original TED Talk donated a dollar, we’d have already raised more than $2 million for trade-school scholarships.
Anyway, give it a listen next time you’re in the car or have 20 minutes to kill. If you think it’s worth a buck, (or more) click on the donate button. It’ll only hurt for a second.