Do you think like a scientist? Do you share the same personal philosophy as an artist? Find out as we explore our community with quick, challenging questions in our Speaker Feature series.
For this series, we will interview our speakers and teammates one by one, answering the same 8 questions with the unique perspectives of their industry, their life experience, and how they think about conversations.
Read on to learn about our first Speaker Feature, Sal Talon. She is our booking agent at Talk Boutique, and her role is to put the right speakers in front of the right audiences.
What is your position at Talk Boutique?
Bureau Manager & Booking Agent
What is the role that conversation plays in your life?
I think conversation is the best way to learn. It’s easy enough to find books to read, but I much rather have a conversation with someone who can share what they know. Especially if they’re passionate about their topic!
How would your friends describe you in 3 words or less?
I asked my friends on Facebook, and they all called me creative and curious. But no two people listed the same third trait, so I pick compassionate.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time/what are your hobbies?
I’m a songwriter and performer. I don’t go out much these days, though, because I’m working on recording my music.
What is your personal philosophy?
Learn to connect with others, even if you like being alone. Other people have the capacity to change everything you think you know about the world. And you may just have the same effect on them.
What is something you can’t live without?
Forgive me for how cheesy this sounds… but my partner, Dylan. His support is important to me because I’m always up to something new. Whether I’m at a conference or finishing an art project or attending a new class, I still look forward to spending time with him.
What is your favourite TED/TEDx talk and why?
It would have to be Adora Svitak’s What adults can learn from kids. I love it because I really remember being a kid, and desperately wanting to solve all of the problems. As adults, it’s easy to get lost in life’s limitations. But there’s no place for limitations in dreams.
What are you most proud of?
I’m really proud of myself for gradually letting go of being overly critical, and learning more and more to love the journey. It sounds simple, but it took me years of practice and I’m still learning. It’s funny how hard I work to just relax.
If you are looking to book a speaker for your next event please reach out to Sal at email@example.com