FIVE FRAMES - THE TALK - xanthe berkeley
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Whilst at Oasis I gave my first public talk. GULP! For those that speak regularly in front of others, this might not seem daunting to you, but for me it was kinda a big deal. Thankfully I was asked do it alongside Kim and having her there offered great comfort.

Tracey had asked Kim and I if we would share a little of “our process” to everyone, this seemed too enormous to dive into in front of so many people – talking technical stuff and how we work, just seemed impossible to an audience of varied experience and ability, so we took “our process” from a different angle, using inspiration from our course Behind The Scenes. We prepared what we were going to say, complied some inspirational quotes… and besides a little nerves the day before, which Myriam talked us out of… we just decided to go for it.

Leaving our messy room… we stepped out to find the commune being prepared and everyone waiting… GULP!

It’s kinda weird, because once we got started it felt ok… and we found our stride. Taking turns to talk, helping each other out when needed. We were honest, emotional and shared what we thought would strike a cord, hoping that even if one person took something away that sparked a feeling within them – that was enough. We talked about the little things that help our creative process… our journeys to this place… our stories… what drives us… what inspires us… what we would like to hear when listening to someone’s process.

There were tears and laughter (even my newly acquired American accent made an appearance, not that I can remember what I said!)  – we spoke from our hearts and drank diet coke (of course).

From what little I can remember it went ok… once it was over, there was more relief than elation.

Sometimes I think I’d like to listen to it through again, so wish I’d recorded an audio for it… but then again, maybe it’s best I stick with the hazy memory of it; no judgement can be made from that.

Would I do it again? well… I’ll keep you posted… never say never.

Before the talk :: Just as we’re about to finish


Behind The Scenes – our inspiration blogging course is now open for registration as a self-paced course at $79 – details here.

  • CarolAnn
    Posted at 21:23h, 17 November Reply

    I sure appreciate your honest sharing about these things! So inspiring! Thank you!

  • Linda
    Posted at 15:22h, 17 November Reply

    I enjoyed that talk so much. It was so good to hear about what it took to get closer to your dream. It was real and genuine and from your hearts and it touched my heart in a way that I will carry with me forever. Thank you.

  • Charlene
    Posted at 12:38h, 17 November Reply

    “Stay stupid, trust the soup and begin again before you are ready” by Steven Pressfield.
    Meaning…don’t think about the daunting task ahead…you will never attempt it if you actually realize the difficulty so stay stupid…stay naive. Trust the soup…you are to trust that you are on the right path…no matter what.
    And begin again before you are ready…there is no value in waiting until all the details are worked out before beginning…truth is…we are never really ready so just begin and let it all fall into place.
    That’s my story and I.m stickin’ with it.
    Loved the talk! Loved your movie so much it inspired me to take your Time Capsule workshop…see…I’m stupid…I trust you and me and I am beginning again before I am ready.

  • Barb
    Posted at 23:49h, 16 November Reply

    Oh, I wish I could have been there… maybe someday…

  • Bonnie
    Posted at 23:22h, 16 November Reply

    You and Kim did a wonderful talk. It was so inspiring and you shared so much . . . way beyond your PROcess; you shared yourselves, which was just as it should have been. Thanks so much.

  • Carol Hart
    Posted at 21:51h, 16 November Reply

    The presentation you and Kim did was AWESOME! So genuine and heart felt. Many thanks.

  • sarah
    Posted at 21:44h, 16 November Reply

    Good for you. The next time will be easier 🙂

  • Kim Bajorek
    Posted at 18:07h, 16 November Reply

    I got so much out of it, Xanthe! Thank you so much for sharing all that you did. It was perfect and so inspirational!

    xo Kim

  • kim klassen
    Posted at 16:53h, 16 November Reply

    so happy to have shared this with you……and honestly… can we just go back…. i would love to share that messy room with you for at least a few more days……

    love you… SO MUCH….xo

  • jote
    Posted at 16:06h, 16 November Reply

    I love this recap from your perspective… From my perspective? The tender openness that you both shared, left me feeling moved and so incredibly inspired. Thank you so much for sharing….

  • Dotti
    Posted at 15:54h, 16 November Reply

    Oh, Xanthe! The PROcess “talk” was just beautiful! You and Kim inspired all of us who were lucky enough to be present. (I’m writing this in my [poor attempt at a] British accent so you’ll understand what I’m saying.) I really had no idea it was your first go at public speaking. Bravo!!

    As Justine says … it does seem ages ago now.

  • Denise Powers Fabian
    Posted at 15:24h, 16 November Reply

    No apologies for mess. Creativity IS messy!!!!

  • justine
    Posted at 15:21h, 16 November Reply

    I remember all those tears and quotes!! great post, seems ages ago already

  • Becs
    Posted at 14:33h, 16 November Reply

    Love your 5 frames. I always find it fascinating hearing people talk about their creative process and inspiration. I’m sure you and Kim did a fabulous job – you wouldn’t know you were nervous from your last two frames!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 13:49h, 16 November Reply

    You and Kim are the rock stars of the blog world. I am sure your presentation was awe inspiring and the audience was lucky to be there. Someday I hope to be in the audience. Next time you do it will be super easy for you.

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