Hero’s Journey: Finding The Emotional Connection Between You And Your Audience

Hero’s Journey: Finding The Emotional Connection Between You And Your Audience

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TEDxEAST 5.9.2011

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.

Going Deep

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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Written by Mike Brooks

Mike is the founder of Nuclear Chowder Marketing, LLC and is dedicated to helping small businesses get more customers online. He is also a podcaster who hosts the Nuclear Chowder Online Marketing For Small Business podcast. His goal is to become a well-known public speaker.


  1. James Kinson

    You guys rocked this episode! Kept me in stitches the whole time. Starting with the great spider execution, to Ari wondering if he was on a real podcast or was being punked, and finally going to a “mixer.” So entertaining, with good TED tips too.

      1. James Kinson

        Wow, thanks for the kind words and share. It will be interesting to see what Craig says.

        BTW, I am new to public speaking and have joined Toastmasters to get me started. I feel strongly about getting my message out and I don’t want to be an inhibitor. I love this podcast for giving me tips and techniques about public speaking.

        Lastly, I had Neel Raman, comment to me about my sight. He did a talk at TEDx Chennai. The topic was “Does Your WHY Make You HIGH?” I enjoyed watching it. The event was September 2012.

        He doesn’t exactly fit your speaker criteria, but I thought you might enjoy having him on.

        Hope to meet you at NMX.

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