NOTE: This post isn’t just for conference organizers! The tips that it outlines will also help presenters, or teams working on group presentations and pitches! **** I recently had the delightful experience of coaching presenters for GEER 2017 — and learned a lot about how to engage your conference audience! “GEER” is the Greater Everglades Read More
TED and TEDx Talks
If you're invited to speak at a TED or TEDx event, say yes! These public speaking platforms offer a unique chance to grow your skills and reach a wider audience with your message.
Ten years ago, a post on how to book a TEDx talk would have been very short, because TEDx didn’t even exist until 2009! Since then, there’ve been 15,000 TEDx (local TED-style) events, and the number of Internet views of TED speeches recently hit the billion mark. Obviously, the word is out! And since many people want to share their ideas from a TEDx Read More
First, A Little Background TED (which stands for technology, education, design) began life in 1984 as a yearly (and very expensive!) conference where industry leaders and creative types went to exchange “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Back then, it was all about the live experience, and speakers were expected to bring some quirky spontaneity to the stage. But fast forward Read More
How Do You Know if You’ve Given a “Good” Speech? As public speakers, we want to do our best. But presentations can be hard to evaluate. Was it a good speech if: You felt comfortable? The audience was engaged (and what about the audience that’s hung over, only got 3 hours of sleep last night, and Read More
In the past few years, TED, TEDx, and TED-style talks have become so pervasive and so popular that, even in business settings, speakers are often asked to give “a TED talk.” (And BTW, TEDx refers to independently organized events held for local communities, or communities of interest.) If you have a TED, TEDx, or TED-style talk coming Read More