A gig announcement…
No, nothing to do with Marvel, Sony or my eldest son, Tom.
News regarding me I am afraid but big news nonetheless with the announcement of my TED talk being recorded in Amsterdam in early October – a trip which Nikki will accompany me on.
And this is doubly handy for me since our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary coincides with the talk and Amsterdam being the city where Nikki finally wore down my resistance and managed to coerce a life-changing question out of me.
Readers who don’t know me might imagine that this has not been a coincidence but that I am a hopeless romantic and also a fiendish planner for this piece of serendipity to occur.
Conversely, those readers who do know me, will realise immediately that this piece of good fortune has been a complete and utter fluke – much like most of the good things in my life.
So to the talk then – which is an exciting prospect for me.
The people at TED (a bit like people from Google and Amazon, in that I have never met them) came to me with an open invitation – to speak for 18 minutes on any topic of my choosing.
Not replete with such opportunities and since my TV days are long gone, naturally I said yes. Immediately. And before I gave much attention to the the brief that accompanied the invitation.
“…a speech that is interesting, full of bright ideas and is inspirational…”
Oh, I thought.
But too late to reconsider plus when I accepted – the recording date was still a long way off – and plenty of time therefore for something to occur to me.
My forthcoming talk is billed as…
NEVER WRITE YOURSELF OFF.
I must have called it this myself since no one has read what I have written, nor even heard it. And so I fret a little now that the title could be mis-interpreted as a talk by a man who never gave up and one who finally made it!
A corollary then to my story Eclipsed?
And on this I am quick to allay anyone’s fears… because my talk is not going to be this at all.
I am not explaining that with perseverance we can all break through. A thin message at best – not terribly helpful and a smug theme to boot.
‘Hey guys, I kept trying and guess what… I made it.”
No one wants to hear this talk.
So what then is my message and talk?
And you will need to wait and see, but to say…
It will be (somewhat) inspirational. And to an extent, comic. It will draw on themes from Eclipsed. And it will highlight the most important thing that Nikki and I have ever done as parents – and on this, an alternative but less snappy title could be…
HOW EVERYONE CAN DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES AND STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD.
But like I say, as yet, no one has read what I have written and so this remains my hope.
I make no claims to great success in my life, nor prowess – but I do say to my boys – with boring regularity – that with age comes mistakes – and with mistakes comes wisdom.
And whilst I am not so wise – I have made loads of bloody mistakes in my life and if mistakes are also lessons that can be learned from, then I must have some wisdom to share.
A TED talk then by the Grand Wizard, Dominic Gandolf Holland – coming soon…
And finally, a nod also to the people who know me well – and will have smiled wryly at the notion of Nikki wearing down my resistance. More accurately, it was her keeping her options open for a better suitor (taller) to come along before finally relenting to the funny little guy who is prone to mistakes.