Written by Shawna Butler, TEDxAustin organizer who dropped by to help at TEDxSanDiego as she reflected on the first talk. The speaker was Matt Emerzian, Founder of Every Monday Matters.
It is hard to know the impact we have — particularly at the moment it takes place — so may I share my observation of such a moment that Matt Emerzian was at the epicenter of…
Matt, kicked off the talks at TEDxSanDiego, and opened the hearts and minds of many influencers who will carry forward and activate his mission with unimaginable beauty.
It was a giddy audience who entered the Qualcomm auditorium with high expectations and were delighted by the unexpected musical collaboration — they cheered for the beauty, emotional richness, and clever presentation. They were primed for a great experience; already their expectations exceeded.
And then — with disarming authenticity — he masterfully touched the place of our greatest point of vulnerability and held it. Tenderly. Safely.
Using your size and larger-than-life personality to it’s highest and best use.
To help each of us know that we matter and can help others know and feel the same.
With a simple gesture and 2 words.
It was at that moment the TED *magic* happened.
People left the world outside behind.
They were transported.
The ground shifted a bit — and it wasn’t an earthquake — it was a soul quiver in which their lower lip trembled and they questioned their worth.
And Matt answered. “YOU matter”.
Following that, the sense of wonder and possibility that TED is best known for was made possible. A speaker, their idea, and their vulnerability allowed each one of us to plug into the best of humanity and become receptive vessels to the stories and ideas they were about to hear. Matt Emerzian prepared every Speaker. Producer. Audience Member. To engage fully. At their highest level.
He was brilliant in his insight, compassion, and infectious joy.
He caused the world to shift.