From Near Death To Iron Man
This week, our guest on Road To TED is Ari Meisel who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2006. Ari required over a dozen daily medications and several hospital visits.
He finally decided enough was enough and did everything in his power to strengthen his body. Through a combination of yoga, nutrition, natural supplements and exercise, Ari fought the symptoms of Crohn’s until he was finally able to stop all medications.
He was eventually declared free of all traces of this ‘incurable’ disease, and competed in Ironman France in June of 2011.
Learn more about Ari Meisel here.
What makes Ari’s talk so gripping and powerful is that it is about him; not just the him he wants the world to see but the real him. The him who was so sick that he was near death.
Like an exposed nerve, speaking from a deep and truthful place can be quite uncomfortable. Ari shares it all. The good, the bad and the ugly.
How To Land A Talk
On this, the 8th episode of the Road To TED podcast, Ari shares how he landed his TED talk and offers advice for others seeking to do the same. First he discusses the process by which he learned about the call for speakers. Then he reveals exactly how he prepared for and executed his audition. When you hear it, if you’re anything like me, you will immediately want to hear more. We dig into the process of journeying to TED more deeply than we ever have before.
Ari’s TEDx Talk
Ari’s Favorite TED Talk
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Ari’s Second Favorite TED Talk
Lewis Pugh: How I swam the North Pole
Now It’s Your Turn
We recorded the first few episodes of this podcast in advance. By the time we published the first episode, 8 were recorded.
For the past 8 weeks we’ve taken a short break. This week we’re back and will be recording our first episode since the launch.
In an upcoming episode we’ll be talking with some old friends as we examine what you DON’T want to do on a talk. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the show. We’d love to hear from you. What questions, comments or insights do you have? Leave them in the comments below or to be a virtual guest on the show go to RoadToTED.com/feedback and record them.
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