Watch Me at TEDx Bollington

The day has finally come for me to share something with you that has not only been in the pipeline since December but has actually been out in the open since June, I just couldn’t share it online because well, I didn’t have it!

As many of you will know, I was asked to do a TEDx talk back in December and the big day finally took place on June 16th, so just over a month ago now and as I said in my TEDx Experience blog – what a day!

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I absolutely loved creating my TEDx talk and delivering it on the day was honestly such an unforgettable experience. The feedback I got from live watchers was incredible and I just walked around the whole day and the day after too, with a Cheshire cat style grin on my face!

Since then, I’ve kind of been in limbo as I could tell everyone that I have done a TEDx talk and had the pictures but I couldn’t show them the actual talk! All my friends and family members who couldn’t make it on the day have been desperate to watch and it has been so frustrating to not have the talk to show them but I am so excited to say that it is live online now for you to watch!

You can watch my TEDx talk, from TEDx Bollington on YouTube now!

My talk is called ‘It’s Time to Remove the Filter From Social Media’ and you can watch it here!

I can’t believe the lovely messages I have had from people already and that over 400 people have already watched it but the more people that hear the message, the better, so please give it a watch!

If you could share the link on Twitter, that’d be even more amazing and don’t forget to tag me – @elliepool_

Your support is always so appreciated, so thank you as always and I hope you enjoy!

Photo Credit: Martin Hambleton

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My TEDx Talk Experience

I can’t believe I am writing this but on Sunday 16th June, I delivered the TEDx talk I had been planning for 6 months and now the big day is over – what!!

I wanted to jump on here (partly because I have become the world’s worst blogger recently) but also because I wanted to share my TEDx experience and also a few key points from my talk I want to keep chatting about!

The TEDx Talk Experience 

For me, this whole journey started back in December when my proposal for the talk was accepted and I was offered the opportunity to speak!

I have worked pretty hard for the last 6 months writing the talk, rehearsing both at home and at the venue and generally worrying about choking, tripping, falling and other potential embarrassing scenarios that could occur… alongside delivering a talk to 100 people live and eventually, the rest of the world!

Despite the stressing and the nerves, this is 100% one of the best things I have ever done in my nearly 20 years of life and I will forever be grateful to myself and the organisers of the event for letting me do it!

I feel so much more confident and empowered as a result of delivering this talk and I am so passionate about what I spoke about that I just want to keep the conversation going!

My TEDx Talk 

My TEDx Talk was entiteld ‘It’s Time to Remove the Filter From Social Media’ and was all about the benefits of being more open and honest about both the good and the bad times of your life online.

This is something I am so keen to push across the online world in a bid to make social media a more positive and helpful place for us all to be! I love social media and want to see it used in the most beneficial way possible and I hope my talk was a step in the right direction for that.

I shared the following 4 principles that if we keep in mind when sharing online, we can make social media a much better place:

Balance – if you’re going to share the best bits of your life, share the harder times too. It’s up to you how you do it but balance is the key to success in any element of your life and social media is no different!

Education – try and use every post you publish as a chance to teach someone something! Always aim to educate and inform, even if you need a moan at the same time, cap it off by sharing how you’re going to make yourself feel better because that could help someone else in the same position!

Aspiration – share your successes and allow us people to aspire to do the same! From weight loss to a job promotion, if you’re doing well, don’t just boast, share your story in a way where others will be inspired and informed on how they can do the same!

Transparency – if you fake a perfect life online, you become untouchable and unreachable and risk making others feel inferior! Being open, honest and transparent about all elements of your life makes you approachable and real, people can relate and benefit from your presence online!

Remembering these 4 things when posting online will make us all more responsible for our social media footprint and provide us with a platform filled with beneficial, realistic content that adds good to our life, not negativity!

I can’t wait to share my talk with you when it is live and I hope it inspires some of you to look at social media differently!

Thank you for always supporting the blog, my Instagram, my Huffington Post articles and all the work I do because it means the world and allows me to reach platforms like the TEDx stage to spread the words I am most passionate about!

I’ve Got News – TEDx Bollington

Since my breakup in September, I have vowed to take every opportunity that has come my way and work myself silly to achieve all the things I’ve always wanted to do.

Becoming a published author on Huffington Post ticked a massive box on my bucket list but there was one equally as big thing I wanted to do and that was talk at a TEDx conference and well… it’s happening!

I am so excited to tell you all that I will be speaking at TEDx Bollington on the 16th June about how social media can be used to encourage face to face conversations about taboo subjects.

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That might sound a bit long but the short title of the piece is ‘You’re Not Alone’ and that perfectly summarises what I work to make everyone one of my followers on here and on social media feel, that you’re not alone.

I have chosen to share the lows of my life online in the most public of ways but have got such strength and confidence from doing so, as well as helping others and I am so passionate about educating other people to use social media in this way too which is what I’ll be speaking about during my TEDx talk.

I am one of a fantastic lineup of 8 speakers and the theme of the event is ‘The Art of Connection’ and all 8 of us will be speaking about totally different topics but all surrounding this theme, so it really is set to be a fantastic few hours.

If you’re local, tickets will go on sale mid-February and I’ll share the link to buy tickets once I have them but if you can’t make the event, my talk will be streamed online for you to watch wherever you are and it really would mean the world if you could tune in.

I am so so excited for the whole TEDx experience and i’m in the planning and early rehearsal stages now, so I can’t wait for everything to come.

Thank you for the support on here and online because it always means the worlds and really is the inspiration behind this talk.