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Lessons from a great TEDx emcee

Everyone has the opportunity to watch as many TED and TEDx talks online as they like, but one thing is conspicuously missing from every one of those videos. That is getting to see the way that the speaker is introduced by the master of ceremonies. The emcee has an important role to play, but the […]

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Why Become a TED Speaker?

What is TED?  What is a TEDx event?  Why would you want to speak at TED? What is TED?  TED is an annual conference in California consisting of four days of presentations and interaction, and is a fount of wonderful ideas and learning.  It also provides inspiration to many thousands of people, through the posting […]

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Business storytelling; creating your corporate myth

Any company’s products, services, and identity are perceived in a certain way. Think of those attributes as your corporate myth. To a large extent, marketing is the art of guiding what those perceptions come to be. If you don’t create your own story you can bet that one will be made for you. Here is […]

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The #1 public speaking myth has been debunked.

From KIOS, Omaha Public Radio, comes this report, debunking a misconception trumpeting by public speaking instructors everywhere: A new study finds that while public speaking might be the most common fear, it isn’t number one. UNO Public Speaking Fundamentals program director Karen Kangas Dwyer and Speech Center Coordinator Marlina Davidson did the study. It revisited […]

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What kind of TED talk would Ralph Waldo Emerson have given?

One of America’s first professional public speakers, Ralph Waldo Emerson was a rock star on the lecture circuit back in the 1850s. He would have been a natural on the stage of TED. More than a century and a half after Emerson’s day, TED is delivering professionally produced talks and entertainment to millions of people. Here […]

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Statistically mis-speaking

Adding simple statistics can add heft to your arguments, written or spoken.  However, when qualified they can serve as little but a distraction. Take the following sentence from a paper by a college professor with a PhD, whose name shall remain anonymous for his/her protection. Some estimates are that as many as 20-85% of people […]

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Don’t use jargon. However, if you must then this will help

Jargon: Special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand Speaking in jargon is a presentation hazard faced by technical or highly educated speakers.  A speaker can be so involved with a subject that he doesn’t even notice that he is doing it; jargon […]

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The wonderful randomness of a TEDx event

In coaching the speakers for a number of local TEDx events I have been privileged to get to meet some of the most interesting minds around.  Both for me and especially for the TEDx audience there is great stimulation in being exposed to an amazing randomness of subject matter.  For example, take TEDxGreenville, which in […]

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Connecting with a video

  A web video is a compelling way to reach your audience. This is a good example of a very well-done one by Keith Ferrazzi, author of the book Never Eat Alone. This video comes from his blog, which concentrates on relationship building as a crucial business tool. In this video, what distracts from the […]

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Why and how to give an Ignite talk

What is an Ignite talk? “Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the mantra of Ignite talks.  The format is simple – show 20 slides, advancing every 15 seconds. That makes for a five-minute presentation, a lightning talk.  Speak about each slide or use the flow to illustrate your talk. Why should I give an […]

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