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Not Who They Think You Are: Watch Vinny’s Tedx talk

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Vinny McCoy at TedX in Drogheda.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee man Vinny McCoy took to the stage at Drogheda’s Droichead Arts Centre earlier this month as part of the second Tedx Talks event in the town, and his talk on how your vision defines who you are is now available to view on YouTube.

The video titled ‘You Are Not Who You Think You Are – alongside clips from the seven other speakers on the night – have been uploaded to the Tedx YouTube channel, home to thousand of videos from Tedx talks the world over. It has approaching 10 million subscribers.

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In it, Vinny asks “What are you doing for the rest of your life? What are your dreams and aspirations? Who says your identity is influenced by culture, art, social media or fashion? Who says that is the norm? What about what you want to do?”

“I tried to be normal once, and it was probably the worst two minutes of my life,” he jokes. “I left school simply because the education system did not have the same vision I had,” he continues, talking about how he left school in the 1970s, at a time when doing so saw you labelled a ‘drop-out.’

Vinny discusses topics such as fear, influences, dogma and identity whilst also briefly revisiting life in the army in Beirut, where he lost several colleagues as a young troop. “That person in the mirror is you – you’re unique and you’re perfect. It’s what you don’t see is what you need to sort out. A compass will point you in the right direction – but it won’t take you there.”

McCoy was part of an eight strong speaker line-up for the event which also included Keith McEvoy, Colin Guilfoyle, Brendan Murray, Janie Lazar, Sarah Archer, Caradh O’Donovan and Alan Costello. Vinny’s talk lasted 13 minutes and you can view it in full below.

Vinny is a long term member of Drogheda Toastmasters, having joined in 2006. He competed in the Toastmasters International Public Speaking finals last year, having come through competitions in Drogheda and regionally.

He also won the national finals in 2013 and to compete in the Ireland and UK finals in England later that year.

In 2015, Vinny won the speech contest at the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluations Competition at the Boyne Valley Hotel. Vinny was in the Irish Army for 23 years before leaving to set up his security firm in Ardee, Meridian Security Ltd, which he runs alongside sons Shane and Barry.

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