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Putting Yourself Out There: Lori Granito (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Lori Granito’s talk titled “Putting Yourself Out There” at TEDxLingnanUniversity conference.

Listen to the audio version here:


Thank you, everyone. Before I get started, I’m going to go a little bit off script just because I’ve heard a lot of people on this stage talking about body image issues. And I just want to say, your worth is not determined by a number on the scale. As you can see, I’m a big, beautiful woman.

The Value of Stepping Out

And I want to say thank you very much, [Virta]. We were really inspired by your talk. Now, putting yourself out there is not easy. It’s hard to push ourselves to do things that push us out of our comfort zone and that we feel self-conscious about.

Now, I’m sure quite a few of you have probably seen that show, American Idol. People get up in front of this panel of judges, sing their hearts out. Let’s be honest, some of them not very well, for a chance at superstardom. Now, how many of you would be prepared to get up and potentially embarrass yourself in public on purpose, all for a chance to create an opportunity for yourself?

Embracing Boldness

How many people? Okay, that looks like about just a little bit less than half. And I’m not surprised because our capacity and our appetite to be daring diminishes as soon as we think somebody is going to be judging us or when we start worrying about what other people think.

When my daughter was about six or seven years old, we went to her school for this kiddie talent show. And it was going to be followed by this Michael Jackson dance-off competition. The auditorium was packed, full of people. And after the real talent show finished, they invited everyone to come on stage, anyone that wanted to participate in this competition, including parents. Now, this was the French school.

A Lesson in Courage

But unfortunately, there was no wine available. And as a result, none of the parents were sufficiently sourced to actually consider that option as something serious. Instead, we all sort of stood to the side and we bobbed to the music. We clapped as the little kids got on stage.

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