I did a TEDx talk!
This is something that has been on my personal and professional “bucket list” for a while. I have taught classes and given professional lectures, but nothing like this! This was a big production with bright lights, tons of cameras, and a 5 foot red dot that I had to stand in. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. Add to that the fact that in this talk, I share some information about my personal story that I have not previously shared on such a wide platform and… well this was a big deal for me.
The point of this talk is to explore the dangers of jargon and unnecessarily complicated explanations. Not only in mental health treatment, but in a wide variety of professional settings. Consider the cost of the language that you use and you can truly make a difference. Say “Hell no to P.O.”!
The Cost of Complication Book
Based on a TEDx talk by the same name, in this personal essay, Dr. Robert Duff makes a case for straightforward language. Jargon and unnecessarily complicated language almost lead to tragedy in his personal life and he describes how challenging yourself to use language “like a real person” provides unique opportunities to reach people.