February 24th, 2018

tedx whitehall: how to grow by embracing our mistakes

My TEDx talk at the Royal Society in London is online! Here's the blurb for it:

Do you have an epic project in mind that you never get around to doing? Do you wish you could draw, but never learn because you'd be embarrassed if people saw the results? Author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre says that sometime we need to give up our big plan and start with smaller, achievable tasks. She shows us how we can find the hope, energy and inspiration we need by connecting with other people.

Gosh, watching this makes me go nervous all over again! I'd never given a brand-new talk without notes before, and I have a terrible memory. But I was very grateful to the Royal Society for taking a risk with me and letting me find out if I could do it.

Photo by Debbie Rowe for Royal Society

Here's the full comic that I reference in the video, about having a sense of forgiveness about our work:

Originally published for my BookTrust Writer-Illustrator in Residence blog

You might ask, what goes into giving a TEDx talk? ('TED' stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design', and the 'x' stands for 'external'; individual people are licensed around the world to host and curate TEDx talks. You can see loads more on the TED and TEDx YouTube channels.)

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