I’ve written about Daniel Kraft’s bar-setting TED speech, and about how three of my TEDx speaking clients prepared in totally different ways. But there’s something else happening at TEDx, the independently-produced TED spin-offs that are now taking place around the world:
Young TEDx Speakers Are Getting Into the Act
Take this performance by then-12-year-old Adora Svitak, who’s been writing since she was 7. Adora’s confidence, charm, and lack of pretense are as much fun as the ideas she puts forth. (I would have changed the George Bush comment, but she got away with it; an advantage of being young.)
The Future, Brought to You by Young TEDx Speakers
It used to take people decades to develop Adora’s level of poise — or of exposure!
Now there are more prodigies, more personalities, more young people ready for prime time than there have ever been before.
We’re also more ready to listen to them, as became clear when MoveOn.org posted this video of then-19-year-old Zach Wahls‘ speech about marriage equality (it’s now been viewed by more than 16 million people):
When I was growing up, the common wisdom was that elders set the standard for younger people. My generation tried to overturn that rule, and may have done more harm than good.
But here comes a new generation to set a public speaking standard that us older folks would do well to emulate.
Adults, get your speaking hats on! Let’s give the kids a run for their money.