Speaking at TEDx After Losing my Mom

Hello Fears
Jul 13, 2016 · 2 min read

By Shabnam Najafov, 28

I had a huge fear of public speaking. What scared me the most was that my speech would be widely publicized, be available on Internet and anyone that I knew or didn’t know could just write whatever they wanted about me.

I had lost my mom a month before my talk. Life was pointless, every second awake was so painful that I wanted to die. And my speech was supposed to be about happiness.

I was hesitating up until the night before, but finally I decided that I will never know the outcome unless I try. And my mom wanted me to give that speech so badly!

So I did. I gave a TEDx talk in 2011. It felt great to share a piece of my life adventure with the world.

To this day, my talk is the most watched TEDx talk in Azerbaijan and I went on to create a blog/movement called Hello Kishi that empowers Azerbaijani women. Today I have 24k followers. All because I took my shields down and poured my heart out in front of hundreds of people.

Watch my talk below (turn on the closed captions in English):

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Hello Fears

From the creator of 100 Days Without Fear. Hello Fears’ mission is to inspire the world through stories of courage from everyday people. Submit your story here: https://hellofears.typeform.com/to/Ow6LJN

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Hey there! It’s Michelle Poler, The Fear Girl, writing on behalf of a community of non-conformists who face their fears to find meaning and inspire others.

Hello Fears

From the creator of 100 Days Without Fear. Hello Fears’ mission is to inspire the world through stories of courage from everyday people. Submit your story here: https://hellofears.typeform.com/to/Ow6LJN

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