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
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.
TED, TEDx, and other 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 up, here are the Read More
Embracing?? Exploiting? Do these sound like words you would use in relation to fear of public speaking, a/k/a stage fright? Probably not. But Joe Kowan, who performed and spoke as part of a TED program said: By thinking about my audience… by embracing and exploiting my problem, I was able to take something that was blocking my Read More
Even, if you’ve never heard of TED talks, they’ve changed the way you think about public speaking. (Hint: It has to do with saying hello and thank you.) I’ll get to how this happened in just a minute. But first… Who the H*** Is TED, anyway?? TED isn’t a person. It’s an organization (the letters stand for Technology-Education-Design) that, Read More
I’ve written about Daniel Kraft’s bar-setting TED speech, and about how my three (to date) TEDx speaking clients prepared in totally different ways. But there’s something else happening at TEDx, the independently-produced TED spin-offs taking place around the world: Kids are getting into the act. Take this performance by then-12-year-old Adora Svitak, who’s been writing Read More