Just read a helpful blog on giving TED talks. Very relevant to preaching. I wonder if I can preach in 18 minuites.
- Watch other TED talks and learn from them
- Tell a story/ Give the back story
- Have a question that you address
- Don’t read your speech. Memorise at least beginning and end.
- Be funny
- Communicate your passion
- Look to make emotional impact
- Share what you have learned and don’t preach
- Get people to think diffrenly about something
- Use photos and video, not text.
Here are the TED commandments
- Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick.
- Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before.
- Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion.
- Thou Shalt Tell a Story.
- Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Sake of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy.
- Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego. Be Thou Vulnerable. Speak of thy Failure as well as thy Success.
- Thou Shalt Not Sell from the Stage: Neither thy Company, thy Goods, thy Writings, nor thy Desperate need for Funding; Lest Thou be Cast Aside into Outer Darkness.
- Thou Shalt Remember all the while: Laughter is Good.
- Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee.
Other good suggestions
- Frame the story. Don’t try to cover everything. Be detailed in what you say, rather than being general an broad.
- Apparently many TED talks take 6 months to prepare and go through many audiences and feedback sessions.
- Stand still and rely on hand gestures.
- Make eye contact with 6 people in different parts of the room as you speak
- Memorise talks verbatim