TEDx Hickory Talks Were Amazing and Now Online

Adriana Girdler

There’s a powerful message in each talk There were also lots of amazing ideas worth spreading at the TEDx Hickory 2017 event. There was laughter, …

There’s a powerful message in each talk

There were also lots of amazing ideas worth spreading at the TEDx Hickory 2017 event. There was laughter, aha moments, tears, new lessons learned, and new friends made.

In November 2017, I had the pleasure of presenting to a full house at TEDx Hickory, North Carolina. My talk was about connecting to your passion and listening to the internal whisper. It was such an honour to speak on the TEDx stage.

It was also an honour to share the stage with 9 other inspirational presenters. Every talk had a powerful lesson that can be found in each.

This is a collection of all the talks from TEDx Hickory. Note that Uwe Kaspers’ video is not available yet.

Connect to Your Passion By Paying Attention to the Whisper

This is my talk. If you’re having trouble finding your passion, this talk is for you. Please watch it.

Sharks and Self Pity

Fox Beyer is an amazing poet. His motivational talk laced with emotion and humour shows us how to make lemonade when life hands you lemons.

Connecting People Through the Power of Creativity

Jon Carfagno’s passion for art shines through in his talk. His presentation is a call to action about the role art museums should play in catalyzing the next phase of their community’s identity. Now, when I come across an art exhibit, I think of Jon.

Why You Should Never Grow Up

Here is a young man who can choose to do anything. Cedric Clyburn shares his real world insights from working with kids to re-tap the energy and regain the lifestyle from being youthful.

Remember What You Want

I have so much respect for musicians and the role that Jarrod Haning plays in the symphony. His talk explores new possibilities with difficult emotions while artfully weaving music through it.

What’s Next? NO Bullying…from Anyone

Mitchell Gold talks about such an important topic and reminds us of the importance of equality for everyone.

The Happiness Meter

Jesse Itzler’s story is a remarkable one and reminds us that dreams can come true. His poignant talk looks at a simple way to measure your happiness.

BEing Seen & BEing Heard as a Thought Leader!

Some great aha ideas to mull over here. Mitchell Levy is always willing to provide thoughtful ideas and concepts. He looks at presenting ourselves to the world in a manner that they will know, like, and trust.

Living a Life With Purpose

Jodi O’Donnell-Ames is a like-minded soul. Her talk weaves personal stories to highlight how important it is to know who you are and accept it. Jodi founded an amazing non-profit, Hope Loves Company, that provides educational and emotional support to children and young adults who had or have a loved one battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.


I hope you enjoyed these ideas worth spreading as much as I did. I’d also like to send a special shout out to the organizers Jeff Dowgos and Ralph Griffith and their team for an extremely well run event. And a special thank you to my TEDx mentor, Hani Nassar who challenged me to be the best I could be.

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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