Of course, part of the magic is picking the right people to talk. But even then, as any conference goer can tell you, even good speakers can have an off day – or they might not prepare enough for that particular event.
Second, there is competition. With the bar set so high, and with other TED talks available on YouTube, speakers are able to study what works. We have used TED videos in our presentation training as examples of best practice.
Third, TED have put together their Ten TED commandments. Apparently, when you agree to be a speaker, you receive this heavy stone tablet in the post.
This stone tablet is packed with good advice for any speaker. We have used them when coaching our clients for their TED talks – and for other talks.
So, for you next presentation, print out these ten TED commandments and treat them as if Moses himself gave them to you.
You might just find that it helps set your presentations free.
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