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How I Live With High Functioning Anxiety: Jordan Raskopoulos (Transcript)

Jordan Raskopoulos

Jordan Raskopoulos – TEDx Talk TRANSCRIPT

Wooh! Come on yes! Yes! Rock and roll! Come on Sidney, let’s make some noise!

(Audience cheering)

Awesome, yeah! All right, yes! Now, make some noise if you love TEDx!

(Audience cheering)

Make some noise if you hate public speaking.

(Audience cheering)

Make some noise if you suffer from stage fright!

(Audience cheering)

Make some noise if the idea of giving a talk in front of thousands of people is your nightmare!

(Audience cheering)

Yes, it’s not for me. No, I love this. I love this. This is my home. I know how this works, I know all the rules here. I know how this works, I can drop my voice a little bit, get more conversational, talk to someone in the front row, “Hey, how you doing? TEDx, am I right?” Yeah! Rock and roll!

And then when I look up, we all feel like we know each other a little bit better, yeah. I know that I can walk over here and say something silly, like “fart.” Fart! And you probably laugh… Maybe not, it’s a pretty conservative audience. It was a risk.

I know that I can raise my voice to a crescendo and let silence hang for three seconds. And then speak quietly, purposefully and softly, and I have your full attention.

I do not get stage fright. So people find it really odd when I tell them that I have an anxiety disorder. How on earth could you have a problem with anxiety, Jordan, when you are so confident on stage? See, problem is I am only confident on stage. If you meet me afterwards or in the street, you will see me as a timid mumbling wreck who’s probably lost for words.

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