I did it!!
23 selected to audition.
And… 11 chosen to be TEDx speakers.
From 130…. 11 were chosen. And I’m one of those 11.
What you didn’t see:
I joined Toastmasters— a public speaking club that meets every Friday to practice speaking, speech writing, leadership and confidence.
I also joined a speaker mastermind group coaching program lead by the incredible Sandra Baker Lamb that helped me prepare every step of the way specifically for this event. (THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING!!! We did it!!!!)
Living in my office, the sound booth and in my thoughts for 3 months while I carefully curated and crafted my message—randomly pulling out my phone everywhere for anytime inspiration hit to add it to my message. Listening, rewriting, editing, recording, listening, practicing, writing, thinking, walking, LISTENING, meditating and more until I felt my application was ready, then doing it all over again for my audition.
What you don’t know: I’ve been working towards this for YEARS. This wasn’t my first audition. I was selected to audition a few years ago for TEDxMileHigh in Denver and did not advance.
Fast forward a few years, hundreds of hours of prep, aligning with the right groups, coaches and tools—and ….here I am.
This was NOT easy. And the next 3 months will be another round of the whirlwind of writing, recording, rehearsing, listening, preparing, practicing, performing, rewriting, editing, listening and more.
But I’m so HONORED and so excited for this incredible opportunity!!! This is a literal DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME!!!
And I’m so ready!!!
Save the date!!! https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/43352
- Sonali TinsleySo happy for you hun! Can’t wait to watch you go kill it !!!
- Rachel McCash CroninSonali Tinsley thank you!!! Ahhhh would love for you to come if you are in CO! Save the date!! October 2nd!! https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/43352TED.COMTEDxBreckenridgeTEDxBreckenridge
- Sonali TinsleyI will most def try Rachel! I’ll go ahead and see if I can book my flight ! I’ll shoot ya message tomrw and see what I can do!:)
- Morgan McKean
- Saedra Anne StallingsCongratulations!! All your hard work has paid off. Looking forward to watching you.
- Laurie Sullivan-HellmannSo proud of you!! Can’t wait to watch you spread your big idea!!!
- Julia McCoolCongratulations!
- Chelsea ButlerThat is amazing in so many ways!! How exciting, I’m sure those who have followed your journey for awhile didn’t have a doubt in their mind! Can’t wait to watch!
- Megan MerolaCongratulations girl you definitely deserve it
- Cameron RosaWow! Congratulations on such a big accomplishment. That’s so exciting!
- Christina Kraft SwyersSooo excited for you. You manifested this!!
- Ila SonWow!! So badass! Excellent
- Joelle LaneOmg I’m so happy for you friend!! Celebrating you!!!
- Susan M PhelanCongratulations! That’s a big deal!
- Jessi DuffinYay I am so proud of you!!!! I can’t wait to watch it! I know you will do amazing!
- Jayme MarquezCongratulations!!!
- Theresa Mae WoodWow, congratulations!!!!
- Christion SadlerWay cool! Congrats
- Jani ClarkThis is amazing!!! And I’m so grateful you added the behind the scenes for everyone. So important!
- Katie TissYayyyyy!!!! So amazing!!
- Lynnae GSYay!!!
- Luna KnightCongratulations!!
- Cynthia MichelleSo cool. Congratulations. Can’t wait to see it
- Jessica KishCongratulations!
- Leah Tennyson RodgersCongratulations love !!!!I remember talking about you wanting to do TEDX all those years ago!! This is such a big step toward your greater life path! So proud and happy for you that your hard work paid off!
- Loni GeeYep. Congratations!
- Laura Knapp MazzottaKelly Myerson
- Rachel M CaminitaCongrats!!!
- Kali DassHow awesome!! Congratulations!!
- Katie GreeneCongratulations!!!!
- Kathy WoodruffCongratulations!!!
- Marissa BlackmanYES. YOU. DID.
- Kat DavidsonDate saved!! Congratulations!
- Kinsey RaySo cool! Congratulations!
- Patrick LinfanteYES!!!! YESS!!!!!!! WAY TO GO!@!!!!!!
- Briana JohnsonYaaaaaaaayyy!
- Heather Nicole SweitzerCongrats
- Ellen GraysonYou’re amazing! Can’t wait to hear your story! Congrats!
- Sarah EmrickWhoop whoop that is so damn exciting I can’t wait to see you doing your thing
- Diana Grover LarsenYay! I knew it! I knew you’d get it!!
- Brad LeathamCongratulations Rachel, I knew you could do it. I can’t wait to listen to your TEDX talk.
- Heather RoldanCongratulations!!
- Alicia BroussardThat’s amazing! Can’t wait to watch.
- Melissa McCashYou’re the best
- Danni MarieSo happy for you! Congrats
- Jennifer ParkeCongratulations! Can’t wait to watch!
- Jennifer ParkeMaybe I’ll go actually.
- Jennifer ParkeLet me know if you have a link for tickets or if they are not available yet? Can’t seem to get it to work.
- Christina BowersCongratulations!
- Tess JadeSo amazing! Huge congrats!
- Alissa K. JohnsonCongrats
- Tiffani Beckman-McNeilwoooo yeah!
- Leah AnduizaYour hard work payed off! Congratulations!
- Leola JacobsCant wait to watch, congratulations
- Kerry DeCotes HintonCongratulations!!!
- Emily Dodds McKinneySo inspiring.
- Nancy DavisCongratulations! Way to go!
- Sarah PetersonAWESOME!!!
- David TerryCongrats!
- Kenneth McDadeBravo!!!! Knew you would do it and do it well.
- Thea WeinbergerCongrats! How exciting for you!!!
- Szabina SteffensAmazing!
- Chelsea Blankenship HaroldWay to go! That’s amazing!
- Robert ParkerYou really have come a long way!! I never doubted you had it in you. Keep going, keep striving and let your love show in everything you do!!
- Nicole RogersAmazing!! So happy for you!!
- Tatiana EvansSaved!!
- Leah Kemeny RangelCONGRATS!!!!
- Tiffany ChristianCongratulations!! I’m also in toastmasters so I know the hard work you put in!
- Kerry MosleyAhhh you ROCK!!! Congrats love!!!!
- Cio Hunt
- Danielle Thurman TrinaYou should apply to the TED Fellows program. Applications open once a year and they are open now
- Danielle Thurman TrinaDeadline June 30thhttps://www.ted.com/…/ted…/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellowTED.COMApply to be a TED FellowApply to be a TED Fellows
- Darby BaileyCONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! WELL DONE!
- Kristel DawnYeah!!
- Keyona WestThis is SO amazing!!! Congrats!!!! Can’t wait to see and hear your message
- Rae LloydSo cool!
- Jenny EvansSO excited for you!
- Carrie RenaCongratulations!
- Ariana EscalanteAhhh congrats!!! That is HUGE and so inspiring!!
- Rachel Maria BallGo you! You are an amazing inspiration to me in a time when I really need inspiration from somewhere.
- Karen McCashLove you!
- Tom SmokoffTold you so… )
- Olivia MichelleWow congratulations that’s amazing!
- Sharon NorahsCongratulations!
- Janelle RushGet it girl!! And I appreciate you shared that… So many don’t see what goes into these things.You deserve it. Best of luck!!
- Roxy ArtsyLove everything about this! Rock on mama
- Nicole ElleHow exciting!! I’m so happy for you
- Michelle SullivanCongratulations!! What’s your talk subject?
- Dani OrtizPause GIFTenor
- Jenn LambSo amazing!!! Great job!
- Eileen SiskCongratulations!
- Heather Danáe ZollerCongratulations!!!!
- Cathleen MasonWhat a beautiful way to announce an achievement this has to be the first of its kind I’ve seen. Thank you for the commentary!!! . And congratulations on the win!!
- Desirre AndrewsWhat an accomplishment!
- Marcia DudleyCongratulations, Rachel, your hard work has paid off. Can’t wait to hear your talk!
- Christina Alicia hell ya!!!
- Bryan HuddlestonSooo awesome! Congratulations!! Really inspiring, and real, to know something of your preparation too – tremendous creating Rachel!
- Lacey MaclellanCongratulations!!!!! That’s amazing!
- Bree JennessCongrats!
- Stephanie PrestwichThis is awesome! Congrats! I am so happy for you! Cheers!
- Susie Smith BecarCongratulations!
- Kathy Mason MartinCongratulations
- Alexandra KoganCongratulations
- D Ana E ParavicciniCongratulations!!!
- Elizabeth Harlan RaffensbergerCongratulations
- Aeron ElizabethThat is so cool!!!!!!
- Tammy SudacHow freaking exciting and fantabulous!! Congratulations!!!
- Avery CegielskiYou’re amazing! Keep kickin ass girly. Congratulations
- Bonnie BarlowWow Awesome
- Victoria LabeckiAwesome! Congrats!!!!!
- Frankie McAdams Barlow
- Katharyn GrantBravo!!!! Hard work paying off to share your valuable message!!!!!! !!!! Yay!
- Karen MontalvoCongratulations!
- Jaclyn EastonSo proud of you!!!
- Rachel SpiersCongrats! What an accomplishment!!! Enjoy the journey!
- Jami JoWhat a dream! Congratulations!!
- Jessie BaylorWhat is your topic?
- Stephanie VineyardCongratulations on so many long hours of hard work and dedication!
- Diana BrayGirl….I told you!! No doubt you were in! I am super excited for you!