Five Strategies To Help You Sound Like The Leader You Want To Be. What you can learn from an outstanding TED talk. TED talks offer great takeaways for speakers.
I was pleased, but not at all surprised, to see Judson Brewer's TEDMED talk from 2015 about "an easy way to break a bad habit" on TED's list of the 10 most popular TED talks in 2016, with more than 6 million views and counting. Brewer was among the TEDMED speakers I coached in 2015, and I think there's much to learn from this talk, for researchers contemplating TED-style talks, and anyone else who wants to understand the form.
Here are six things that make this talk work well: 1. Time management: Clocking in at 9 minutes, 16 seconds, Brewer's talk is complex and compact. [DOWNLOAD: 8 types of CEO videos that employees will want to watch.] 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A version of this article first appeared on The Eloquent Woman. (Image via) 5 ideas to jazz up your presentations. If your content is outstanding, it greatly improves the chances that your speech will be a success.
No speech is truly idiot-proof, but some are far more likely to succeed than others. So, how do you elevate your presentation content? Here are five ways to think about your speech, ways that will elevate the success of the occasion: 3 fundamental elements of superb storytelling. The human mind is structured to remember stories, not facts, or things, or lists, or even ideas.
Here's proof. We are much safer today, in 2016, from crime in general and terrorism in particular, than we were in the 1970s. The crime rate was much higher then, and the number of terrorist incidents was much higher then, too. Yet you don't believe that. Why not? Because your brain remembers the recent, horrible stories of attacks in San Bernardino or Paris or Brussels or somewhere else. In any case, statistics can't compete with facts because your brain is wired to take incidents—especially recent, horrible ones—and create stories, attaching emotion to them. Stories are more memorable than facts, because stories align with the way our brains are wired. [FREE DOWNLOAD: How to break bad news to staff and take tough questions head on.] Yet you don't tell great stories when you give presentations. Further, wannabes leave out the requisite conflict. 5 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People.
What standup comics can teach you about public speaking. I know you have heard it a million times: Most people fear public speaking more than they fear death.
I think "being buried alive" comes in as a distant third (but for some people, you never know). So, how about those courageous folks who perform on stage? Some of them totally rock the show. Then there are those who can be so boring they actually have the audience wanting to die. If you want to be one of those speakers that people rave about, scramble to get autographs from, and occasionally throw their underwear at while on stage (hey, it could happen), then it is time to learn from the masters—comedians. Standup comics are the ultimate public speakers.
Comedians know that the secret to keeping an audience engaged in their routines is following these tenets of powerful public speaking: 1. 2. 9 Ways to Remember Your Presentation. 5 presentation tips from TED's executive producer. I am a TED fanatic.
My enthusiasm for TED and TEDx talks propelled me to get involved in TEDxNashville. As a member of the TEDxNashville board, a consultant for the Speakers' Committee and the Chair of the Engagement Committee, I was afforded the opportunity to attend TEDActive in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. While there, I gained many fresh insights and a renewed appreciation for all public speakers and presentations. On my first day in Vancouver, I was one of the few people granted access to watch the TED speaker's rehearsals.
Many aspects of this experience blew my mind, especially watching TED curator Chris Anderson coach and challenge Alan Eustace on his TED talk just a few days before he spoke. As described in the guide distributed to TED2015 attendees: "Alan Eustace leapt to Earth from the edge of the stratosphere wearing only a spacesuit, shattering skydiving records (and maybe, revolutionizing the space industry). " Why am I telling you this?