Sunday, March 20, 2016

My TEDx talk!

Just in case you missed it, here's my TEDx talk:

It was a rather momentous event for me. I was super nervous (I refused to watch any other speakers ahead of me as I didn't want to psyche myself out) even though I had practiced and practiced for hours and hours for days and weeks, under the guidance of a speech coach, no less. 

my speech with all my speaking notes!

But, I did it and now that the speech is over, I feel really proud. It's like what I said before, public speaking is not a talent I was given. I've worked at it and have gotten much better but I don't think it's a skill that will set me apart. So, compared to a seriously talented speaker like my good friend Jarrett Krosocka (who has not just given one TED talk, but two!), I was probably just decent---but, for me, I think I did pretty well. 

In some ways, I think it is the epitome of my speaking career--I've never given a speech with this much pressure before. I truly felt a responsibility. So many times when we talk about diversity in children's literature, we are talking to people who already know its importance--many times we are "preaching to the choir." This TEDx talk was really an opportunity to reach people who rarely think about children's books, much less the diversity of them. And because of that, I truly gave it my all--and I hope you liked it!

If you did like my speech, I'm going to shamelessly ask you to share it as much as possible! It would be a dream for this thing to go viral!

20 comments: said...

This is wonderful, Grace! Congratulations on an important Tedx Talk. Sharing!!!

Angela Turner said...

You did a wonderful job speaking Grace! The message was beautiful and effective and I will share it. Thank you.

Judy Sobanski said...

I loved your speech, Grace. Wonderful delivery and message!

Usborne Debbie said...

This is amazing. Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!

Chana Stiefel said...

You were spectacular! So inspiring & so brave to get up there and share such an important message. Bravo!

Tina Cho said...

Excellent speech! I like this statement: "I was writing what I WANTED to know."

Wuisme said...

You are "Amazing", Grace!

Yolanda said...

I loved your Ted talk, Grace, but I'm just as impressed by your willingness to push yourself out of your comfort zone. That takes real courage.

JEN Garrett said...

Oh Grace, you are too hard yourself! That speech was awesome. I loved how you talked about diversity in books without once saying the word.

pearl said...

Grace, thank you so much for this speech! First of all, you were wonderful and brilliant. Secondly, I have shared this on my facebook. I actually found your talk because of an email from Twitter. Thirdly, although you are much younger than I, this was my childhood, too. It was amazing to hear you talk about it, and I really wish that you had been writing books then. At least I can read them now. Thank you!!!

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Magnificent speech with profound truths and much heart!

fiona_var said...

I thought your talk was wonderful. I am a white adoptive parent of a child from China. I have given her several of your books because I want her to have some mirrors in literature. I also try to make sure that she has racial mirrors in her activities. I have shared your talk with my adoptive FB groups. Thanks for sharing.

Dr. Ruth said...

Wonderful message, Grace. Thanks for the reminder.

Agyw said...

Grace, this was a brilliant speech. I empathized because so many children grow up feeling outside, and yes I am one. Bridges and walls (bralls and widges), Mirrors and windows (wirrors and mindows), it is what we strive for. The best smash-up, the maximum empathy. BTW. In our house, Ugly Vegetables and Okie Doke, Artichokie were favorites.

On a closer note, I thank you for letting me participate in the things I shared with you. You gave affirmations when there were little, and I appreciate it. But then, it seems this is what you do, one of your gifts and strengths. It's so reflected in your speech.

Heather Mustard Lovett said...

Hi Grace, I loved your Tedx piece so much so that I was inspired to suggest one of your books for our upcoming "All School Read" program around which we develop considerable programming (also, each family in our PreK-5 elementary school receives a copy of the book). I'm hoping that I may connect with you directly regarding which of your books may be appropriate for such a program. Unfortunately we need to make our final selection known to our grant provider by Wednesday of this week, so if you are able, I'd love to connect today or tomorrow. Thank you!

Grace Lin said...

Hi All! THANKS so much for your nice comments about my talk! I am so honored that it connected with you and especial thank you to those of you who shared it. I so appreciate it!

Heather Mustard Lovett--thanks so much for considering my books for your "All School Read"," I would be thrilled for one of my books to be chosen for it. "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is the book that is most often chosen for an all-school read. There is nothing too scary in it for the young kids but it is still exciting for the older ones and it has lots of programming connections--the science of making a compass to learning about China. Not to toot my own horn, but the schools I've visited that have used it as an all-school read usually rave about how it was perfect for everyone!

However, if "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" isn't quite the right fit, "The Year of the Dog" has also been used as an all-school read with great results!

Hope that was helpful! Feel free to contact if you need more help!

Susan Nilsson said...

Beautifully said. So happy to have your books in our public library!
Shared your talk on my facebook and will insist that my Children's Librarian colleagues here in the Monterey Bay area watch it!

Kathy Halsey said...

Grace, I so absolutely LOVE this TED talk. I am using a few quotes from it and putting you and the talk in my bibliography for my Virginia Hamilton Multicultural Conference presentation tomorrow. I am using Lucille Clifton's quote and my topic is A PETRI DISH OF PICTURE BOOKS; WOMEN IN SCIENCE. Thank you for you, your talk, your books, and your bravery to speak this beautiful truth.

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P. Herron said...

Hi Grace,

I saw the link for your TED talk on Alvina's blog. I didn't know you had done one but I'm so glad I watched it. This afternoon I will be sharing your talk with both my Young Adult Literature classes at the University of Texas at El Paso. They have a heavy duty reading list and my focus is multicultural so the students are exposed to a variety of cultures and genre. I loved your suggestion at the end, to look at our shelves to see if they are a mirror or a window. All my life, books have been windows for me and my class opens a few windows for my students who are mostly planning on being teachers. I am happy to introduce them to a great author with delightful books!