Can you introduce yourself in a sentence or two? Can you tell us something about yourselves that people don’t know?
Chris Anderson: There’s no formula – your task is to transfer into your listeners’ minds – an idea that they recreate. Ideas can change people’s views of the world and their future behavior. Your task is to focus on one major idea, give it context, tell your story, make it vivid. Give your listeners a reason to care, using curiosity, questions, unanticipated thoughts and connections. Build your idea out of familiar concepts, metaphors, using the language of your audience. Make your idea worth sharing.
TED and TEDx Talks are not intended to teach, to lecture, to pitch, to sell. Rather…
They can provide an intellectual stimulus (an idea worth thinking about);
An emotional bond (an idea that changes our feelings and empathy);
A call to action (an idea we can do something about)
If you were to give a talk about ‘global warming’, what idea might you share? Which of the three types of talks would you create?
Why are you the person to present your talk?
It’s your idea.
You’ve done something about it.
You’ve researched it, written about it.
It’s your professional area of expertise.
It’s happened to you or to others in your family.
You’ve created a social following/community.
You are passionate about it.
Some TEDx talks don’t make it big because:
They don’t come across as being authentic
-from June Cohen, road map opposite page
General Steps and Tips:
Come up with an idea
Write a 100 word summary
Write 1000 words, with the idea expressed in the first two sentences, an introduction, three examples, and a strong summary
Revise your talk thirty times (ok, maybe not thirty, but at least ten times)
learn it off by heart
tape yourself, video yourself
Give your talk fifty times to family friends and strangers (okay but at least thirty)
know your talk so well that you can ‘forget it’
avoid powerpoint if you can
Own your stage
Deal with nervousness
Beware your ego
Dress and groom comfortably and non-self-consciously
Be your best natural self
Fear is good, make friends with it
Practice you posture and poise, voicing
Mistakes are okay. They make you more human.
with thanks to Chris Anderson:
Preparing your talk
Have you taken a new approach?
Will people be interested? Curious? Moved? Motivated?
Can you express your idea in one intriguing sentence?
Do you start with the idea?
Does your story have a throughline (arc)?
Funny topics for practice presentations:
Streets should be named after living people
Left handed children should have their own schools
Two-thirds of the world’s population are aliens
What we can’t see
You are never too young to drink alcohol
Why most people die on Tuesdays
Using corn flakes in modern day surgery
The advantages of cooking with sand
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