I’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came to hear me speak in Seattle over the last couple of days, and the teams from National Geographic and Benaroya Hall who made it all possible. Thanks, guys, for creating the setting for me to shine. In a way I had the easy bit – all I had to do was turn up and talk for an hour.
Judging by the feedback afterwards – in person at the book signings, on Facebook, and through messages via my website contact form, it seems that the presentations went down really well. So it was well worth the extra effort I put in. I was a bit nervous about the new format – I am accustomed to doing video-talk-video-talk, and this time I had been requested to go for more of a slideshow approach. This exercised a new part of my brain. But my rehearsals paid off and I felt very comfortable onstage, even in front of an audience of 2,500 people.
And the best news is that 1,200 people signed up to our Eco Heroes initiative via our very cool new SMS registration system. Thanks to Brennan for putting in the hours to get that up and running in time. I don’t have time to tell you more about Eco Heroes now, but I promise I will do so in my next blog. But if you want a sneak preview, take a look at our pretty pre-registration page at the Eco Heroes website.
Here are a few photos that Dan Beaupre took at Benaroya Hall last night. Enjoy!
Next stop – TED Mission Blue in the Galapagos in a couple of weeks…..