Since my first speaking proposal was already turned down, I might as well be rejected again by an even larger event. As it turns out, sometimes one has to be careful what they wish for.
My primary motivator for applying to the TEDx University of Nevada, Reno had more to do with the topic of my proposed talk and a specific person who could help me live and perpetuate my “big idea”. Social media had me following Dr. Bret Simmons for years.
He has a Ph.D. and is a business management professor at the University of Nevada. I met Bret when he spoke at one of our Coaching Summits and was immediately attracted to his humility, organic friendliness, his forward thinking ideas, and the uncomplicated way he communicated his sage wisdom. Due to the above, I approached Bret and asked if he would consider coaching me if my talk was accepted, and he kindly agreed - hopefully out of mutual respect as opposed to “wow, do you need help…”