TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a different TEDxSFU 2012 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 22nd at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Welcome Melanie Dewberry to the series, a soul-branding truth teller who works closely as a wordsmith for entrepreneurs. Dewberry has coined “verbal swagger” as her way of saying that creative and provocative language sells. After overcoming a childhood struggle in being an unaccepted coloured family in her neighbourhood, she has dedicated her life to learning as many languages as possible in an effort to connect with people and eradicate the divide between them. As a result of this, she has woven an impressive narrative and has since made both consumers and the people around her fall in love with her ability to easily resonate with them.
TEDxSFU: Why did you choose to speak at TEDxSFU?
MD: Vancouver is an alive City. Its people, their ideas, their innovative hip style I wanted to be a part of that. As a contractor for a large coaching company, we trainers were always in a bidding war to get the job training in Vancouver. Surrounded by the brilliance of the City and the inhabitants I felt more of my own brilliance.
TEDxSFU: Can you tell us one thing that you do in your life that makes you Against the Grain?
MD: Just one? For over 15 years I’ve taken a stand for love and business. I don’t comprise that language, water it down or call it something it’s not because it’s all about the love. If allow myself to call it something else, it becomes something else. Non-conformity for the sake of an emerging intelligence, a cosmic experience, and a divine consciousness is always my goal.
TEDxSFU: What is your favourite TED Talk?
MD: Again, just one? David Milarch, Cloning Ancient Trees.
TEDxSFU: Tell us something no one knows about you.
MD: I’m an open book - typically but I don’t tell folks (who don’t know me) how much I like to swear - it’s so contradictory to the spiritual persona they are expecting.
TEDxSFU: Who is your biggest inspiration?
MD: Toni Morrison, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, that cool guy and his 5 yr old daughter singing on Youtube, all of my native elders, my mom, and people who forgive others.
TEDxSFU: What’s your favourite thing to eat?
MD: I love a great espresso. I drive for several hours to have a great espresso. I post photos to Facebook constantly. I love food and it has to be ethnic to make me swoon. Any ethnicity. Ethiopian is one of my favorites but dimsum, pho…anything I can eat with my fingers are good - like Cheetos - the food from the Gods. Today I ate collard greens and hot wings, then a dark chocolate caramel with sea salt.
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