Release the WILD in our Children!

Last month I did my first ever Tedx talk in Canmore, AB.  It was a truly unique experience!  So many excellent speakers with different things to say, all relating back to the theme ‘On the Edge of the WILD’.   My new friend, Kathryn Maroun, talked about the Evolution of an Angler, herself, and how health issues in her life led to her feeling about fish and the sport of fishing in a new way.  This lady was captivating, she glided up the steps to the stage in her waders, fishing vest, and fishing hat, only to start to take it all off when she got up there! A symbolic miming of the changes she’s decided to make in her life. I swear you could hear a pin drop in the room as she went through the motions of casting while fly fishing, it was incredibly moving. Watch her talk here.

There were new speakers (me!), professional speakers, and people who I don’t think were ‘speakers’ per say, but just had an idea to share.  There was a man named Vince who used to be in the army, with a really commanding presence.  He now is an entrepreneur coach.  He says people don’t always listen to him, but I find that hard to believe.

Something I found interesting was what we all had in common:  we were all nervous!  And not just a little nervous…  The timing changed somewhat from the schedule i was given, as often happens with live events.  I was in the green room chatting with a musician when one of the volunteers poked her head in and asked for me, saying I was on 5 minutes!  I thought I still had an hour!  I hurriedly went down the stairs and across the street, through the kitchen of the hall and was fitted with the mic.  (the green room was across the street in the private dining room of Murietta’s)  I missed most of my lovely introduction, all I caught was a review she had found on amazon saying that my book is ‘one of the best resources’ for boys. I hadn’t read that one yet!  Better believe I looked it up as soon as I got home!  It’s not from a friend or family member, so it’s totally legit!  Ha. Long story short I launched into my talk because what else are you going to do?? I went for it, and even though I forgot quite a bit it still turned out alright,

I’m proud of myself for applying for the chance to do this, and for having the guts to actually go through with it! I think it turned out okay, and now I just want to do it again!  Maybe my next talk will be about how to give a Tedx talk!  (That will not happen!)





Laurie Wright

Laurie Wright

Teacher turned author, turned children's mental health advocate. Laurie has given a TEDx talk, gives workshops for parents, teachers, and children, and has published five books in the Mindful Mantras series, all to help combat the crisis kids are currently facing. Teachers can't stop the urge to teach! A course for creatives who want to write for kids is coming soon!
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