Viral stars aim to motivate, inspire others: Former homeless man, TV news anchor among speakers

Ted Williams, Jennifer Livingston shared stories

SAN DIEGO - A former homeless man with a golden voice and a TV news anchor who spoke out against bullying after a viewer criticized her weight were just two of nearly one dozen viral stars who were in town Saturday evening to share their stories as part of a motivational conference.

Homeless and down on his luck, Ted Williams' claim to fame in 2011 came after a video of him on a street corner showcasing his golden voice was posted online. The clip instantly went viral. Watch it below:

The former radio announcer was one of 11 motivational speakers who shared their ups and downs during the Clever Talks conference at Balboa Park.

Williams told the crowd that despite life's obstacles, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

"Never give up your hopes and dreams because if you're thankful for the little blessings you have and the little bumps you have along the way in life, the bigger one is really out there," he said.

Like Williams, Wisconsin morning news anchor Jennifer Livingston was thrust into the national spotlight overnight after she blasted the viewer who sent her an email criticizing her for being overweight.

The mother of three immediately used the spotlight to stand up against bullying. Watch her on-air response to the viewer below:

She took the stage at the Hall of Champions to encourage people to have compassion when dealing with others and to be the best person you can be.

"I think the best thing that all of us can do is look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'Are you a kind person? Do you make life better for people around you' and if the answer is yes, then that is what should really matter," said Livingston.  

Organizer Chris Soriano says he wanted to create a unique type of motivational conference aimed at giving back to victims of abuse.

"All we have here today are real people telling real stories," he said. "They've gone viral for just being so inspiring and I just wanted to create a unique conference that just gives back."

Williams told 10News he is now doing voiceover work for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Livingston is still anchoring the news in La Crosse, Wisconsin and travels as a motivational speaker.

Proceeds from Saturday's conference will go to charity.

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