The purple jacket was the perfect statement for my first TEDx Talk: Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness.

The purple jacket was the perfect statement for my first TEDx Talk – Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness.

TED Talks are game-changers for aspiring thought-leaders like me. In April, I did my first “TED talk” – I was the opening speaker at TEDx Gustavus. You can watch my Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness video below.

It’s a big deal

On the TED web site, you will find the following description: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Mission compatible

Rehearsal in the Aspiration Suite in our offices helped build my confidence.

Rehearsal in the Aspiration Suite in our offices helped build my confidence.

The TED mission is to “spread ideas.” So, it’s natural for us to spread goodness through the grass-roots work of the Gustavus TEDx community. Both our organizations believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

In fact, everything the TED organization does is driven by one goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

Preparing to spread goodness

This was my first experience with TED. With as much speaking as I do, I was uncharacteristically nervous. Something about a time limit and TV cameras that adds a little extra sweat.  But it was familiar territory (I’m a Gustavus alum) and the topic was familiar:

The darkened TV-studio style production added an extra layer of complexity to the challenge of spreading ideas through video.

The darkened TV-studio-style production added an extra layer of complexity to the challenge of spreading ideas through video.

● The era of information transparency has made Superhero leadership too risky.

● Good leaders today hang up their Superhero capes and get people working together

● The best leaders radiate Goodness – it’s a choice and an outcome

● Blending the Seven Fs – faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future – is the best way for leaders today to live with less stress and lead with less fear.

Will you help spread goodness?

TED talks thrive by the recommendations by good leaders like you. Will you watch and share the message?

Here's the thing about goodness: goodness pays, because goodness grows! Its contagious.

Here’s the thing about goodness: goodness pays, because goodness grows! Its contagious.

Good leaders embrace the convergence of technology, entertainment and design to share ideas. And they work together with good intentions to spread goodness.

So, will you watch my Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness TED Talk?