My participation at TEDx Milano Women: a unique emotion!

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As you know well, on May 28th I had the very great honour to be invited as speaker to TEDxMilanoWomen.

At last the video of my participation was released: I waited for it exited (it had to be approved by TED) so now I can tell you in this post about one of the most exciting days in my life.

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Just arrived at Vodafone Village we were welcomed by Marta, my TEDx Angels. You imagine my face when I received the email where I was explained that I would have had an angel completely for me all over the day.

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You have to know that Marta is a nice girl: she immediately made me feel at my ease and she managed by few words to hold back my great emotion only due to be there!

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We went towards Vodafone Theatre where I had rehearsals for my talk.

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My participation at TEDx Milano Women

The stage was unbounded and with a such big screen along the wall on the back. There were also a few service monitors where I could see the slides without turning and the time at my disposal.

I must admit that I’m not usually nervous when I have to talk to the public, but this time seeing that theatre and that location I was a bit excited…and it didn’t last only a second!

Il mio intervento al TED x Milano Women valeria cagnina sul palco tedx

In a second all the emotion I always hear mention when someone has to participate in public and that I never felt, except in a very light way, literally assaulted me only in once!

I must admit it wasn’t only emotion…it was fear! The questions that crowded my mind were many and devastating. One for all: I will be up to this such important event?

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I will be able to have my talk at the best making a good impression? And above all I will be able to make who invited me, who trusted me and Marta, who kept doing everything to make me stay calm, look good?

Laura, one of the emcees, corrected me with a lot of gentleness about my way of staying on the stage, about positions, about the times of my talk. Her tips were really very precious.

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After a bit of wait that it seemed an eternity to me, at last the TEDx Milano Women started.

The emotion to be on the stage of TEDx Milano Women

The first ones on the stage were Marta and Niccolò who played really in a wonderful way, respectively transverse flute and guitar.

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They were really very good. Listen to them!

Just after was my turn. It was starting my participation at TEDx Milano Women.

It was the moment to put apart all emotions and all fears to concentrate on the result.

I went to the stage and my legs were trembling a bit. Then I started to talk and the time at my disposal really flew by!

Everything started to move to a completely different universe, I had well prepared my talk, I had lots of things to say and my aim was clear. I think to have made the best talk in my life!

Il mio intervento al TED x Milano Women valeria cagnina sul palco tedx

The words I’m writing cannot describe what I felt in that moment. Hundreds of people were there listening to me about my passions, my results, my goals…even my sacrifices and my efforts because only in the dictionary the word “success” is before “sweat”.

I told about Digital Champions, Coderdojo, Travel Blogger, future projects, schools and much more.

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During the day I met Gaia Elisa Rossi, a 13 years old girl, an sorceress who won the Italian Magic Championship, the first woman with this title. I chatted a lot with her about the things we have in common.

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During this day I met really many people: Marta was always by my side introducing me to everyone and she made me live a day at the top.

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TED Women in California

The event was put in the events linked to the TED Women in S. Mateo – California, so there was a call with them. Then TEDx Women events scattered all over the world.

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To think that in the same time really many women were on the TEDx stages all over the world to tell about their own stories made me feel part of something bigger.

Then learning from the events map shown that in that same moment there were women in China and Afghanistan on the stage telling about their own story instead made me feel even more little.

I travelled around all over the world a bit and even if I haven’t been to those two countries, yet, I saw the woman’s condition in many other similar countries.

Yeah, they are heroes. For me everything is much easier.

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Interviews and questions

During the day I had many interviews and I must tell that I liked very much living a day as a star.

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People asked me a lot of questions about my future.

This interview is Flavio Incarbone’s. He made a nice video. Don’t you think? Because I…am not nerd!

Marta always by my side gave me simple tips, too: smile, don’t gesticulate…always with love and much gentleness.

I had really the best TEDx Angels in the world!

Il mio intervento al TED x Milano Women valeria cagnina e marta

My so unique and certainly unforgettable day ends in hurry. The emotions will continue to accompany me forever.

Il mio intervento al TED x Milano Women valeria cagnina e marta

Now enjoy the video of my participation with me!

Have a good showing!

 

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