How to give a good TED talk 

Just read a helpful blog on giving TED talks. Very relevant to preaching. I wonder if I can preach in 18 minuites.

  1. Watch other TED talks and learn from them
  2. Tell a story/ Give the back story
  3. Have a question that you address
  4. Don’t read your speech. Memorise at least beginning and end.
  5. Be funny
  6. Communicate your passion
  7. Look to make emotional impact
  8. Share what you have learned and don’t preach
  9. Get people to think diffrenly about something
  10. 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

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