Inspirational speaker Edna Nerona of Escondido will share her sparkling style at Ignite San Diego on October 22 in San Diego.
“My talk, ‘Being Connie Chung,’ is about being the daughter who couldn’t disappoint her father; being lost and insecure; and finally embracing the gifts that come from being raised in a strict Asian family,” she said.
The event brings together 18 San Diego area presenters who will speak in a kind of speedier-than-TED-Talk format. Presenters can choose any topic with the intention of fostering interest, collaboration or inspiration. They have five minutes to speak and a maximum of 20 slides to illustrate the talks. The slides advance every 15 seconds.
Nerona said she was glad to be chosen from 80 submissions to Ignite San Diego. For the performance she selected one of her most-requested talks and is honing it to the five minute-20 slides format.
“I practice with a clock, because they really emphasize that you have a limited amount of time,” she said.
Nerona has won several Toastmasters speaking competitions and has coached the San Diego Charger Girls in “How to Sparkle When You Speak.” Her presentations have inspired students as well as gatherings of interior designers and project managers, among others.
She operates a home-based business, Legacy Studios, performs on the piano and does improv at the National Comedy Theatre in San Diego. She and her husband have lived in Escondido for five years.
“From the moment she stands up to speak, you know you are in the presence of someone special. She is funny, irreverent and a dynamo, who can quickly draw a crowd into the magic of her storytelling,” said Marion Moss Hubbard of Heroic Journey Consulting.
The Ignite concept started in Seattle in 2006 and has expanded to more than 100 cities worldwide. The fifth Ignite San Diego will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m., October 22 at the Central Library Auditorium, 820 E St. Information: ignitesandiego.org.