Five questions with Aisha Alfa (emcee)

What motivates you?

aisha-alfaMy core value: FUN!

What do you do for a living, and why?

I am a comedian, actor and host/mc.

What TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

John Bohannon and Black Label Movement: Dance your PhD

Why are you excited to emcee TEDxManitoba?

I am excited to host because TEDxManitoba creates a room full of excitement, knowledge, and sharing.

What is your idea worth spreading?

My idea is sharing the ideas of all the speakers! As a host, my job is to feed the mind-spinning that happens between speakers, and to keep that intrigue, discussion and momentum going.

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Aisha Alfa, 2012 —

aisha-alfaAisha Alfa is a comedian, motivational speaker, life coach, actor and host of various live and filmed events.

“I wear many hats,” says Aisha. “That’s hard with hair like mine!”

After a life of soccer and world travel, she decided to come home to Winnipeg to start her business Alfa Life Coaching and truly mould a fulfilling life. TEDxManitoba is delighted to have Aisha on stage at our 2012 event.

What motivates you?

The overwhelming sense that every moment is the only moment we have motivates me! I have recently begun to realize how amazing every breath, every laugh, every thought and every action is. It sounds simple, but when I begin to think about life, it washes over me like an incomprehensible flood. It’s beautiful and fleeting! I had taken it for granted for so long, and when I began to embrace that it was mine, I felt motivated like never before. We are all just a collection of moments that expire, whether we use those moments or not. I use every moment possible.

What do you do for a living and why?

I live with intention for a living. It’s great—I’m really good at it! My practice gives me the opportunity to do motivational speaking, stand-up comedy, hosting, acting and coaching. My jobs are an extension of who I am, so it’s really fabulous to “go to work” everyday!

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Charlie Todd’s Shared experience of absurdity

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxManitoba?

An initiative born to share, create and engage is one of absolute value. TEDxManitoba is like the Olympics of beautiful ideas, where people come to experience and to bathe in information, ideas and innovation. It’s a beautiful gig, and to be a part of it is a wild honour.

What is your idea worth spreading?

Failure! YAY! If we embrace “failure” just as we do success—if we choose to eliminate the stigma, judgement and shame of it—we’ll see it as a gift that offers valuable knowledge and insight. Failure and success are equally beneficial, and both help us to be more creative, innovative, open, loving and generous. Our society would benefit, our community would thrive, and our hearts would grow warmer with a little more “failure.”

An Idea Worth Spreading

Failure! YAY! If we embrace “failure” just as we do success—if we choose to eliminate the stigma, judgement and shame of it—we’ll see it as a gift that offers valuable knowledge and insight. Failure and success are equally beneficial, and both help us to be more creative, innovative, open, loving and generous. Our society would benefit, our community would thrive, and our hearts would grow warmer with a little more “failure.”